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How can we improve the OneDrive experience on Windows?

Add support for RDS and Azure RemoteApp

Please add support for RDS and Azure RemoteApp to the 'Next Gen' client. At least the following scenario's should be supported:

- RDS Session based Desktops
- RDS Sessoin based RemoteApps
- Azure RemoteApp

Both the User Profile disk and Roaming Profiles should be supported as storage solution within RDS and Azure RemoteApp. Since more customers are migrating to Office 365 the support for this client in RDS became more and more critical.

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thinking about it  ·  Douglas Pearce responded  · 

Thanks for the suggestion. We’re thinking about it, and our supported scenario available today is to use the Universal app or the website where users can access their data in OneDrive and Sharepoint without sync’ing all the files in advance. Don’t forget that Office natively supports opening and editing these files, too!


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  • Martin Larsen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The Universal app solution is still not a working solution, as the users can still choose to keep files offline, and could create some huge roaming profiles.

    Please, please, please make the option to have the files forced to be in online-mode only, both for team sites, and the personal onedrive for business, and with GPO settings.

  • Ondrej Vaclavu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Definitely should be supported on Windows Virtual Desktop with multi-session Windows 10. I suppose default files on-demand mode would not cause much harm.

  • Roger commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Absolutely agree, blocking the ability to sync a folder inside the user profile drive had to be something y'all actually added in... you've GOT to remove this restriction ASAP.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Further, this would likely go away for many RDSH admins if OneDrive client had an Online Only mode. I'd think most RDSH admins don't really want the ODfB files to sync at all on the local RDSH servers or UPD files, they just need the referential links to the files to appear.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We are very interested in moving all desktop/docs/pictures to Onedrive ("Protect Important Folders") but can't even start the process because ODfB redirected files/folders would NOT appear on RDS sessions like they currently do with our domain based redirection because the OneDrive.exe client will NOT configure to UPD locations. You are so close, but this is yet another huge miss. And NO, telling our users that their files are only available from the web portal is NOT an answer. Currently we redirect Desktop, My Docs, etc so no matter what our users log in to, their files are where they EXPECT them. This just breaks that mostly excellent, flawless solution.

  • Jesper Hansen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes we need support for OneDrive on RDS servers. BUT it has to be able to run on online mode only. This so users cannot just sync all of ther OneDrive folders in onedrive to their user-profile on a RDS server.

    So yes we cant to use the onedrive client on the server to browse around - and not the browser.

  • Daniel Harker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don’t think Microsoft are actually bothered that their enterprise customers have fundamental issues with OneDrive. This and lack of Roaming Profile support are one and the same. They’ve pulled the same stunt with Teams. We lamented Google and Dropbox for installing themselves to LocalAppData and then MS start doing it!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Also add OneDrive client support for the new Microsoft Windows Desktop service in Azure

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Support for VDI and RDS environment in combination with the new files on-demand feature would be very nice

  • Danny Murphy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As below, i have a few contracts coming up that will require moving to Sharepoint to decommission some old servers. Only thing holding us back is the OneDrive sync on the RDS environment. Syncing users with KFM and their Sharepoint libraries is a must so needs to be possible hopefully this year *fingers crossed*

  • Marc Gehri commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Do you have any News/Roadmap?
    We have a few projects where we would like to implement OneDrive for Business and/or Teams on RDS/Citrix


  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Team,

    Any further information on this. We have multiple business that don't wont to move to O365 cause of the OneDrive.


  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You NEED! We have all other core 365 Apps working with XenApp 7.17 even Teams. So, get on it!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is absolutely essential for us to incorporate a seamless end user computing experience across our physical and virtual infrastructure.

  • Leif Meitilberg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    In a production environment as our's where we have O365 users on local RDS servers with roaming Profiles the support for the OneDrive sync client is much needed
    Most of our administrative data has been moved to Outlook Groups and the users are crying for access through the file explorer

    All settings must off course be manageable via Group Policies

  • Daniel Harker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Now that Files On Demand is in GA, surely we can make some progress on this.

    Give us the ability to install the OneDrive Sync client for All Users, into Program Files, and make so that if the OneDrive folder is not in the location as expected and Files on Demand is enabled, recreate it and make all the files online only (so we don't trigger a huge download). Add a GP option that allows us to prevent users marking files to "Always keep on this device"

    Then give us a best practices doc that specifies:

    - Files on Demand must be used
    - The OneDrive folder must be excluded from the profile sync, either by a Windows GP that excludes the folder from the Roaming Profile, or by a OneDrive GP that puts it in another local folder (which might be simpler in some non-persistent VDI designs or those that use UPD).
    - Use GP to prevent users from Moving their OneDrive Folder or setting files to "always keep on device"

    While you're adding Group Policy Items, I'd like to see a GP to automatically add SharePoint libraries to the client, in Files On-Demand mode. I'll pop in a separate request somewhere....

    I'm keen to include this in an Azure-based VDI solution we are pitching to a client in the new year but at this moment in time I cannot.

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