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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

        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.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My one drive has worked fine for years but suddenly everything is read only and I cant reset it as it keeps reverting. There should be a fix to this asap

      • Alex Carlock commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please stop thinking about it and do it. I have end users who are asking me to create old school file shares that they'll have to use VPN to access because of this issue. If handling mandatory columns is too hard, at least start with Check Out/in. The old client had that so you should be able to replicate that in the new client.

      • Gaurav commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't get what is the point of read-only syncing in such scenarios then? Any library created for business processes & collaboration WILL have mandatory columns! And Microsoft has disabled editing such documents in the new version and calling it NEXT GEN ... what a joke. @DouglasPearce it's been more than a year and you are still "thinking" about it??!!! Any progress update would be really appreciative.

      • Chris Aiken commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a major limitation to effectively utilizing SharePoint. We're attempting to utilize SharePoint without folders and need to make meta data mandatory. Please fix this. This seems to be impacting many customers.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This really erodes user confidence. We hit this today with a Team Site, the funny thing is the metadata isnt actually mandatory but it is still causing us issues. Check In/Out is disabled and we even tried turning off Version History, but still had the issue.

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