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Ability for OneDrive Admins to Flag Folders as "Do Not Sync"

Ability for OneDrive Administrators to flag some folders in individual users cloud based OneDrive for Business libraries as “do not sync” so that the end-user cannot check them in the Next Gen Sync Client (NGSC) for synchronization to their local machine. The NGSC should honor that attribute and show the folder as “greyed out” – possibly with a hover over pop-up message stating that the folder cannot be synchronized locally because of IT policy.

Options should be available for bulk application to all users OneDrive folders by specifying a folder name (or folder name pattern) to be flagged as non-synchronizable, or by application of a folder attribute during bulk data migration.

Files and sub-folders within the non-synchronizable folder should not inherit the non-synchronizable attribute. In other words, users should be able to move selected contents (sub-folders and files) out of this non-Synchronizable folder to another folder that can be synchronized if needed.

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    Shelby Biller shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Sujay V Sarma commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Voting this idea UP. I would like to add a sub(dependant)-feature request:

        There should be a complementary option to exclude or include specific computers from syncing specific files or folder groups.

        Acronym used: "OFB" = "OneDrive for Business"

        Must Sync Folder
        -----------------------
        All (or selected) computers syncing from this OFB account must sync this folder. Option to select folder is checked and grayed out on the client's configuration UI.

        OFB Admin sees list of currently syncing computers on a panel and can select or deselect systems (or select "ALL") from this policy.

        Cannot Sync Folder
        -------------------------
        None of the (or selected) computers syncing from this OFB account can sync this folder. Option to select folder is unchecked and grayed out on the client's configuration UI.

        OFB Admin sees list of currently syncing computers on a panel and can select or deselect systems (or select "ALL") from this policy.

        Would it be too complicated to ask for the ability of the OFB Admin to group syncing computers into groups or teams to manage them more efficiently?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We were looking for the exact same thing. We have a few sites that have metered connections and are looking for a way to utilize this with OneDrive and Sharepoint for those sites. If we started a new team in Sharerpoint with 20 GB of data and had say 20 users at one of these sites it would overload the internet and rack up some high charges for everyone to use 400 GB of data with a sync.

        We like this feature and think it would be great to expand on it with admin capabilities.

        We also noticed that our devices with Windows 7 do not have this option. Can it be pushed to Win 7 also?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a much needed feature for VDI. If you could set do not sync on ALL folders you could enable folder redirection to OneDrive on non-persistent desktops. Or at least if you could default to "on-demand" for all folders that would be a good start.

      • Gary commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The reserve would also be useful - enforce local copy of known folders - UE-V for example

      • Patrick Carpenter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great idea.
        This would help protect system from bad folders or files that were backed up and was un known they were bad at the time. Especially on startup when one drive sync's. Which when system or device is new and first time startup happens or rather, everytime, should be the choice for user to choose which files and folders are backed, restored and, when.

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