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
This is something we’re looking at, no dates to share yet.
An essential feature and being able to sync with mandatory columns can't come soon enough
Doug Peterman commented
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 https://support.office.com/en-us/article/troubleshoot-mapped-network-drives-that-connect-to-sharepoint-online-ef399c67-4578-4c3a-adbe-0b489084eabe?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US. This has now been a problem for over 2 years, please take this seriously.
FABIAN MEDINA commented
We are having this issue in our organization. We are adapting OneDrive but would also like to leverage metadata so that a user has the option to sync and be able to filter on the columns. This helps the user NOT use folder so that data becomes visible and not seem "hidden"
Patrick Eddy commented
This is a huge issue. If OneDrive is how we have to sync Sharepoint, it needs to support the most basic of Sharepoint's features. Checkout functionality is core to using Sharepoint and controlling documents on Sharepoint.
Now all I can tell users is, you have to go through a clunky Sharepoint interface which is incapable of loading the view for all the folders at once, open online, then select open in Excel or Word. This adds minutes of time to open every file for every user for no conceivable reason.
I have upvoted the same absolutely basic suggestion dozens of times on every incarnation of this feedback system for almost two years. Why is this getting ignored? This is an absolute basic requirement for OneDrive's compatibility with Sharepoint.
Matthew Kane commented
Sync feature must be able to handle Require Check Out library documents and not force them as read-only. Even if I check out a document in SharePoint, the document will only open as read-only because it's synced. Stopping the sync and opening directly from SharePoint works, but is not a real solution to the problem.
Keith Davies commented
Any updates on this yet?
James Webber commented
We recently moved from 2013 SP and this is a big issue for us. Users don't realise the sync is read only, I am having to disable syncing of all libraries and also stop the syncing so people can continue to work. Its not useful if someone does not have an internet connection.
Michael Del Corso commented
18 months later and not even a comment from Microsoft. That is very disappointing. This is a huge limitation and a major problem.
Valérie P-R commented
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 ?
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.
Another problem with this is that if you open a file on the browser of a sync drive it also opens has read only.
If you stop the sync it opens ok.
Any progress on this issue?
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.
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.
Sebastian Berchtold commented
Is there any update about that issue? It's really bad, that we can't handle that for our project.
Spencer McCallum commented
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!
It seems so bizarre that this isn't implemented.
Paul N commented
Please fix this! We have hundreds of document libraries which used to sync without issue. Now everything is broken. Removed metadata fields and mandatory columns is *not* an option.
there really needs to be a way to check out files using onedrive sync. Users are WAYYYY more comfortable using file explorer as an interface to access files than the 'clunkier" sharepoint web interfaces. It is also vastly superior when doing any type of file management tasks such as moving documents/folders around or doing any type of "bulk tasks"