Request that someone sends a file to me
I (and my users) often need to request large files from a contact outside my organization, but Office 365 and OneDrive do not provide this functionality in a simple way. Microsoft support tells me to “either create a shared Sharepoint site or ask the other party to upload files to their own OneDrive and share the file”. Both of these “solutions” require the other party to have a Microsoft ID and force me into the awkward position of being a Microsoft evangelist (as I tell them how to get a Microsoft ID, upload the file, and then share it with me).
It would be so much better if I could request files with a true “drop box” link; a reverse-sharing link that allows outsiders to drop files into my OneDrive storage similar to the key drop box at vehicle repair shops. I believe this would require Write-Only permissions for an external user.
For example, an auto insurance agent needs pictures of an accident from a customer using a secure method. They can email a ‘file request link’ to the customer, who can easily upload files to a folder in the insurance companies OneDrive storage.
I apologize in advance if posting a link to competitor’s functionality is considered bad etiquette, but I have experience with other file sharing services who have provided this functionality for a while. This video by ShareFile explains the functionality in better detail: http://support.citrixonline.com/ShareFile/help_files/SF040027
We are rolling out Request Files to OneDrive for Business this month (November 2019). Anyone with the file request link will be able to upload files without having to sign in, no OneDrive account required. Best of all, uploaders will only be able to upload files. They can’t view, edit, or even see who else may have uploaded to the request.
There are multiple use cases where this feature can be extremely valuable – consider “Request for Proposal” (RFP) scenario where you need to collect bids from others, or a marketing professional accumulating quotes from various vendors for a campaign, a teacher collecting assignments , a manager reaching out for feedback from his team members or a financial rep or recruiter gathering documents from their clients- just to name a few.
Arun Gordon commented
This is very simple to use in Citrix ShareFile
Andrew Almond commented
We desperately need this feature. I don't understand why Microsoft decides to make tons of changes that nobody wants, meanwhile it ignores features that make a ton of sense and are demanded by customers.
Ditto to 110 other comments.
this feature needed on onedrive. It is super simple on Dropbox
As a teacher, I need this feature as well. I want my students to upload documents to a specific folder but not be allowed to delete or edit the other documents from other students. I do not need to create 500 folders with individual permissions that I must sort through in order to access each student's paper. That's absurd. This should be a simple fix.
This is a much needed feature for a business solution like this. Hope to see it soon!
In the function or ACL in the box, I heard that "Upload only folder" is more popular as a better point than OneDrive.
Educational institutions have many requests. It is very nice that when the faculty receives the reports from many students, the submitter is upload without reading other's reports.
Travis M commented
This would be very helpful and allow me to get rid of the extra dropbox account I maintain strictly for this purpose. Especially when dealing with clients, the simplicity of "File Requests" is great.
Owen C commented
It's a bit silly that we have to result to a workaround that uses a competitor product to request files be securely sent in to us by clients in the easiest possible way for them.
Here's a workaround for the time being:
1) Setup a (free) DropBox account & setup the File Requests you'll want to send out
2) Setup a SharePoint site with the folder structure in the way you want it
3) Setup a Flow to Copy a file from Dropbox to SharePoint (use the template)
4) Add a step to that Flow to Delete a file from DropBox & set the file path using the dynamic content options
5) Send out the File Request links from step 1
Now when people add files through DropBox, they'll get picked up (every 5, 3 or 1 minute depending on your Flow subscription), copied in to SharePoint and then deleted from DropBox.
...Such a faff, but it works & is super easy for end-users.
Another vote to add upload-only (not view) folder with notification a-la sharefile's Request File functionality
Please add this functionality. It is super simple on Dropbox and should be equally simple on OneDrive.
This continues to be an enormous pain point - it's incredibly disappointing to see no action in three years on what seems like an obvious feature for enterprise application.
"Great suggestion and it’s definitely a scenario we want to address. Right now it’s not high on our backlog compared to other priorities but we’ll keep you informed as we firm up our plans."
What exactly are your other priorities, I'm curious.
Really Microsoft, this is the best you can do? I'm missing ShareFile.
Scott D Ludwig commented
Dropbox makes this so easy. Create a file request, configure which folder the file will upload too and set an expiration date. Simple! Seems like it’s a much needed feature.
Steve Ranford commented
Microsoft Flow could help here:
1. Create a folder, and set permissions to 'Anyone'. Create a link and share this link with the person you wish to send you a file. This is your 'File Inbox'.
2. Create an Approval Flow to trigger on file creation in that folder, and set yourself as the approver.
3. Set the action on success is to copy it from your 'File Inbox' to somewhere more secure and delete the original.
Note that between the time that someone uploads the file and you approve it, it's effectively a public file, so this is NOT a secure workflow.
Back in the day you would just give someone FTP access to do this.Seems like pretty basic functionality.
Joshua McKinnon commented
Are there any updates on this feature request? 3 years old, top 20 voted idea at the moment. This is a great use case in the corporate world, ShareFile and Dropbox both make this easy.
Giuseppe Piscitelli commented
I agree with other posts in that the file request feature is long overdue and is making it difficult for me to advise staff to use OneDrive for Business as their go to tool for collaboration with external people. Come on Microsoft it can't be that difficult to add this feature...