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We also have the same issue. We have a number of multi-user machines in our labs that our techs can access as needed. With 20 machines and 60+ techs, you can imagine the number of duplicates that occur.
We need additional group policy control to prevent these issues. I suggest the following policies that allow the following:
1) Exclude/Include known folder policy control. This should allow all known folders to be included or excluded and should be a list type setting where a folder can be added or excluded, but can set to:
Known Folder Name - Value
Known Folder Name would be the following known folders:
Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos
Value should be as follows:
0 - Include and lock down, user cannot modify
1 - Include by default, user can modify
2 - Exclude and lock down, user cannot modify
3 - Exclude by default, user can modify
Behavior of “Silently move Windows known folders to OneDrive” would be:
- Folders with values of 0 would sync automatically and user cannot exclude them.
- Folders with values of 1 would sync automatically by default, but user can change this and exclude these folders if desired
- Folders with values of 2 would be excluded from syncing and the user cannot include them.
- Folders with values of 3 would be excluded from syncing by default, but user can change this and include these folders if desired
Behavior of "Prompt users to move Windows known folders to OneDrive" would be:
- Folders with values of 0 would be shown at the prompt screen as selected, but grayed out where the user cannot deselect them.
- Folders with values of 1 would be shown at the prompt screen as selected, and the user can deselect them if desired.
- Folders with values of 2 would be shown at the prompt screen as deselected, but grayed out where the user cannot select them.
- Folders with values of 3 would be shown at the prompt screen as deselected, and the user can select them if desired.
2) Excluded files from OneDrive sync
A policy that allows files to be defined that are excluded from sync. This would be a list format setting such as:
Folder - Filename
Folder value - would be explicit foldername or wildcard. "*" that would exclude the file from all known folders, or the known folder name such as "Desktop"
Filename - Would be explicit filename or wildcard. E.g. "Microsoft Edge.lnk", "*.lnk", "*.url", "Google Chrome*.*"
Wildcard control is critical so that duplicate links with "- Copy" or "(2)" would also be excluded without having to explicitly define each.
3) Duplicate file handling
A policy that should define how duplicate files are handled. This could be done in the following ways:
a) Prompt - Ask user what they want to do - Overwrite, Keep old, Keep both (add - Copy to filename) - Similar to a Windows Explorer file copy
b) Silently overwrite with newest file
c) Silently keep both and add "- Copy"
d) Silently keep old fileAnonymous supported this idea ·