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
With build 20.114, users can now sync libraries with required metadata as read/write instead of read-only.
Just my finding to the latest comment on the syncing. I dragged & dropped a PDF to the local sync folder and it works perfectly. The file directly appears in the relevant library on SPOL within a few seconds.
Graham Sheeley commented
[Update: 18 Nov 2021] - Rested with OD build 20.201.2005.006. This issue has now been fixed - THANK-YOU.
[Posted: 3 Nov 2021]
Bug - Just been testing this following the "Required columns will now sync as read/write [MC218032]"
Although adding files to SPoL sync to local machine and the files are read/write.
If you drag and drop to add a file to the local machines, sync location the file never sync up to the SPoL. It has a constant syncing status and never appears in SPoL.
If you then edit the file locally in the sync'd location, it then works and sync's back up to SPoL
I'm not clear on the status of this.. the latest link in comments says the feature's coming. Today I can upload (sync) a doc to a library with required columns, and on the SharePoint side it accepts it. But there's no way to add or edit the metadata from file explorer. I know that's a heavy lift, but that seems like the ideal - having some interface in an explorer extension that would allow us to modify the metadata.
Microsoft is also cleaning up a few oddities about file sharing; shared libraries that require you to add metadata to files for compliance reasons have previously synced as read-only. Now you'll be able to edit files in those libraries on devices you sync them to.
Koen Hanssen commented
Does this now actually mean that custom columns are shown in the file explorer when a SharePoint library is synced via the onedrive client to the local machine?
News from Microsoft!
Go to "Synced metadata support" and read:
"Metadata adds structure and compliance to your files. Currently shared libraries with mandatory metadata synchronizes as read-only. We are excited to announce that in the next few weeks we are rolling out an update to the OneDrive sync app supporting read and write sync for shared libraries that contain required metadata. This will enable business users to edit content in their synced libraries while working from their desktops."
The more accessible SharePoint is via File Manager the more it will get used. My requirement is to Sync document libraries using Files on-demand so that File Manager is available as a UI for SharePoint departmental sites. I don't need the actual files to be synched.
Iris Steger commented
We just starting to migrate existing SharePoint 2016 sites to SharePoint online. With this we're able to use OneDrive. If I'm thinking that all me SharePoint libraries will not work due to that technical limitation....please roll out the fix soon, because it's desperately needed. Thanks!
Just learned today that all my nice libraries on the nice SharePoint project platform with mandatory metadata columns won't sync with write permissions to OneDrive. Holy Sh...!!!
This is really ****. Why can Box.com do it and SharePoint not? I'm promoting SharePoint over Box in our Business but with such a drawback this will hardly be sucessful!
@Microsoft: When will this be implemented?
I just cannot see how they can implement this feature without having to update Windows 10 OS at the same time..(likely why they have been thinking on it for 3 years)
Making a 1:1 metadata link between SharePoint Online Document libraries and Windows Explorer.. likely too hard.
Although if they figure this out, it would be huge. Just imagine, being able to filter by metadata in Windows Explorer!
Hopefully some Product Manager gains inspiration from this comment!
Ansuman Mohapatra commented
Big business players are involved in raising this issue. Request for an early fix.
Been an issue for ages now - please provide a fix.
Bet Apple would have fixed it by now...
Ahmed Elhamidi commented
we need the part check out and check in be integrated with OneDrive sync folder as this push the user to use the browser. we need to use FULLY local folders to access and edit SharePoint Online, so please enable this for BOTH Windows and Mac
Hello Microsoft, this is an important use case for operation teams, let us know will it come or not, clear statement please
Please fix this issue as it prevents user adoption of both using SharePoint required fields and syncing.
This is just a minority user group. Microsoft won't care it that much. They have bigger client for more $$$ to work on it.
Any progress on this issue?
Actually, even if there is no mandatory or required column for library, the checkin/checkout feature can not be used with syncing. I think this must be solved immediately.
After some testing one issue i found was with the web browser, Edge, unable to check in and out or view documents in the window pane.
The new Microsoft Edge Chromium looks to address some of the SharePoint issues, although we are still having issues with excel and word documents not being able to be saved, with one drive installed
Want this functionality ASAP!