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Enable sync client to allow editable synching of team sites with mandatory metadata columns

As at 23rd Jan 2017 the newly relased One Drive for Business synch client enables synching of Team sites BUT if any libraries have mandatory meta data or require check out, the synched folder/library is read only. This cripples collaboration by teams on documents. This needs to be fixed

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This syncing issue is a horrible user experience and may be the reason why my company chooses not to move forward with its O365 license.

  • Vicki Little commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This has been going on far too long and now there are issues syncing with the old groove.exe One Drive for Business, I'm sure orchestrated by Microsoft. If One Drive for Business could do it, I'm sure that Microsoft can figure a way to make it work with the new one Drive Client since that is what they want us to use. This is ridiculous!!!!

  • Simon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    An essential feature and being able to sync with mandatory columns can't come soon enough

  • Doug Peterman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Think about this from the perspective of Enterprise Records Management requirements. Many organizations manage content using managed metadata for multiple purposes including views, records retention, etc. Setting columns to be required helps to enforce this metadata. Not allowing users to edit files with required metadata using OD4B sync severely impacts adoption of SharePoint Online by essentially taking away the familiar file explorer user experience. The lack of this feature negatively affects many large organizations. This issue directly conflicts with the recommendation at This has now been a problem for over 2 years, please take this seriously.

  • Valérie P-R commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Les usagers qui commencent à utiliser SharePoint dans mon organisation ont besoin d'être guidés et veulent voir l'astérisque rouge à côté des champs obligatoires. Quand pourront nous indiquer des colonnes obligatoires, sans que la synchronisation ne soit en lecture seule, et sans que les documents restent checked-out ?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This absolutely has to change. IRM/DLP is becoming a mandatory feature for sensitive data and telling customers they have to pick between regulatory/security and OneDrive is ridiculous and massively damages workflow continuity.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same issue here. Users are pulling their hair cause of this. why you collect feedbacks if you dont want to make any changes. you are driving your users away.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This severely limits versioning control on SP sites.

    Please make serious and a more timely review on this to allow editing through the sync client again.

    Thank You!

  • Spencer McCallum commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What is this? A SharePoint for ants? How can we be expected to teach users to learn SharePoint Online... if they can't even sync required metadata to file explorer?

    Derek, this is just a small...

    I don't wanna hear your excuses! The feature has to be used by at least... 1,496 more users than this!

  • Rich Burdes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Discovered today that should you add required fields to your onedrive for business library - sync wont work any longer for that onedrive. I know the cases of a onedrive holding mandatory data would be rare, but why prevent sync? how could this user work offline

  • Andy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This issue has crept in for us mid-rollout and is going to cause us no-end of problems if the config is not changed. In order to remove the read-only status on any docs opened from sync'ed libraries, the only answer is to ensure site-owners a. deactivate any local check-in/ out setting, and b. to remove any required fields. On up to 700+ libraries

    This will severely impact a big user adoption plan, and planned benefits identified as collaboration and flexibility seriously dented.

    Massive backward step that is going to cost us a lot of money.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please pass this to the development stage. 90% of our user base uses their online document libraries in classic Windows Explorer via OneDrive sync since 'working on the web' is too difficult (and they don't want to change). The inability to require check in/out is pushing them away from the SPO platform.

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