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Deployment of OneDrive.exe

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  • Hello,

    It seems like I cannot deploy properly OneDrive.exe. as an IT administrator.

    I am using 2 virtual machines: a Windows 10 computer and a Windows Server 2012 R2 (to use GPMC on Active Directory)

    My goal is to set the Administrative settings for OneDrive for Business so that all the users that are under my tenant (...@companyx.onmicrosoft.com) are bound/tied to these settings that I applied. So here are my questions.

    As the IT administrator:

    1. Do I have to install and set up the adminsitrative settings of the new OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync App on ALL computers? (as in the computers that my users are using)? Or do I just set the administrative settings on my computer (win10) and would they also apply to all users under my tenant?

       -I would appreciate a detailed guide on how to properly deploy and add the configuration setting registry keys on OneDrive.exe. I tried to follow the guide on the article "Deploying the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client in an enterprise environment" but was NOT able to do it. If someone could provide me a guide with screenshots on how to do this, it would be very helpful. (please remember I am new -and not so good- to IT)

     2. I understood that some settings such as "DefaultToBusiness" and "EnableAddAccounts" are able to be set before the installation of OneDrive.exe. Is it okay if I do not run the "EnableAddAccounts"? Since we do NOT want our users to be using any other OneDrive account on their computers (other than the company's OneDrive for Business), if I do not run this setting, it will not allow them to add another O365 or OneDrive (consumer) account to that computer right??

    3.How do I set the other administrative registry keys (DisablePersonalSync,EnableEnterpriseTier,GPOEnabled,DefaultRootDir, and DisableCustomRoot)?? Again, I tried to follow the guide provided on the article "Administrative settings for the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client" but was NOT successful. So a detailed guide with screenshots might help me understand and run these settings in a better way (and hopefully be succesfful).

    4. Since these administrative registry keys are applied through Group policies, do I have to set them through my GPMC?? Right now I can only see the folder "Skydrive" which contains 3 templates. How can I apply all these administrative settings for OneDrive for Business on my Server (windows server 2012 R2) so that they apply to all computers under my domain?? Please, a guide with screenshots would be easier to understand and follow.

    I am sorry this got really long, but I hope someone can help me out

    Regards

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 8:32 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Regarding to question1:

    Please share us more detail information regarding the unsuccessful deployment, such as the error message you met or event logs in the system. And it is not easy to post the detail screenshots of each step in the forum.

    Regarding to question2:

    Based on my understanding, it may be ok if you have no such requirement. EnableAddAccounts registry enables you to add the section Add a business account in the Account tab in your OneDrive settings. If you do not add the registry, the users will not see the section and are not able to add the other business account.

    Regarding to question3:

    If you want to use group policy to deploy these registry keys, I would suggest you take a look the following article about configuring a Registry Item via group policy: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753092.asp. Registry preference items in group policy allow you to create, update, replace, and delete keys and values (including name, type, and data) in the Windows registry. You could follow the steps there and have a try.

    Regarding to question4:

    As far as I know, Skydrive and Onedrive are the same. Skydrive was renamed to Onedrive. As a result, the settings under Skydrive entry may work for Onedrive. You could try it to see if it works by configuring Skydrive entries. Also, you could download the newer version of Administrative Template Files for windows server2012R2 and test again, here is the link for downloading, please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48257

    In addition, since your question is related to OneDrive, I would suggest that you could also post your questions in related forum for further details:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/home?forum=officeitpro

    The reason why we recommend posting appropriately is you will get the most qualified pool of respondents, and other partners who read the forums regularly can either share their knowledge or learn from your interaction with us. Thank you for your understanding.

    Regards,

    Wendy


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    Friday, March 25, 2016 7:45 AM
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  • Hi,
    Appreciate your update.

    >> However I cant seem to find the place (folder or program or whatever it should be) to apply the other administrative settings that I should be able to apply through OneDrive.exe for all the client computers under my domain who use OneDrive for Business.
    You could download the latest admx file from https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=41193
    And please refer to the following thread for similar issue:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/4f6b9a86-cdf5-44f1-88f8-196c1b9908bc/onedrive-admx-file-gpo-entry?forum=winserverGP

    Besides, the link in "Regarding to question 3" is https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753092.aspx please try again.

    Regards,
    Wendy


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    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 1:49 AM
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  • Hello,

    I just started getting used to OneDrive for Business and had a couple of questions regarding the new OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client and OneDrive.exe. I already looked at many websites and articles regarding this topic but still was NOT able to do or solve my questions (I am kind of new to IT in general). So I would really appreciate it if you could NOT just send me a link to a website or article.

    1. I cant seem to run/deploy OneDrive.exe properly (or so I think, I am not sure). I downloaded the Deployment Package, ran the DefaultToBusinessFRE and EnableAddAccounts that were inside the package and downloaded the OneDrive.exe. I also synced the computer to my OneDrive for Business. However, I cant seem to apply the other Administrative settings such as DisablePersonalSync, GPOEnabled, DefaultRootDir, DisableCustomRoot, etc. (which are the settings that I am interested in applying). How can I apply these settings on OneDrive for Business to be applied to other users through group policy? (I am using windows 10).

    (a step by step guide would be greatly appreciated!!!)

    2. I should also be able to apply some group policies through GPMC right? I opened my GPMC but can only see a SkyDrive folder (which has 3 templates). Is there a OneDrive for business folder that has some templates as well? How do I get this?

    (since I am not very good using technology, as a last resort, I would also be okay and very greatful if someone could give me or let me know which templates are available on GPMC for OneDrive for business) → a list with description of the available templates would be awesome)

    Regards

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 6:34 AM
  • Hi,

    Regarding to question1:

    Please share us more detail information regarding the unsuccessful deployment, such as the error message you met or event logs in the system. And it is not easy to post the detail screenshots of each step in the forum.

    Regarding to question2:

    Based on my understanding, it may be ok if you have no such requirement. EnableAddAccounts registry enables you to add the section Add a business account in the Account tab in your OneDrive settings. If you do not add the registry, the users will not see the section and are not able to add the other business account.

    Regarding to question3:

    If you want to use group policy to deploy these registry keys, I would suggest you take a look the following article about configuring a Registry Item via group policy: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753092.asp. Registry preference items in group policy allow you to create, update, replace, and delete keys and values (including name, type, and data) in the Windows registry. You could follow the steps there and have a try.

    Regarding to question4:

    As far as I know, Skydrive and Onedrive are the same. Skydrive was renamed to Onedrive. As a result, the settings under Skydrive entry may work for Onedrive. You could try it to see if it works by configuring Skydrive entries. Also, you could download the newer version of Administrative Template Files for windows server2012R2 and test again, here is the link for downloading, please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48257

    In addition, since your question is related to OneDrive, I would suggest that you could also post your questions in related forum for further details:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/home?forum=officeitpro

    The reason why we recommend posting appropriately is you will get the most qualified pool of respondents, and other partners who read the forums regularly can either share their knowledge or learn from your interaction with us. Thank you for your understanding.

    Regards,

    Wendy


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    Friday, March 25, 2016 7:45 AM
    Moderator
  • this related discussion may help explain some of your questions:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/d069cf61-49c2-425f-846e-716aa1eb09f5/group-policies-on-onedrive-for-business?forum=winserverGP


    Don [doesn't work for MSFT, and they're probably glad about that ;]

    Friday, March 25, 2016 8:28 AM
  • Hi Wendy,

    Thank you for your response.

    -I am not getting an error message or anything when deploying OneDrive.exe. It downloads and installs. However I cant seem to find the place (folder or program or whatever it should be) to apply the other administrative settings that I should be able to apply through OneDrive.exe for all the client computers under my domain who use OneDrive for Business.

    -The link you provided on "Regarding to question 3" doesnt work. It says that the link could not be found.

    Regards

    Monday, March 28, 2016 1:27 AM
  • Hi,
    Appreciate your update.

    >> However I cant seem to find the place (folder or program or whatever it should be) to apply the other administrative settings that I should be able to apply through OneDrive.exe for all the client computers under my domain who use OneDrive for Business.
    You could download the latest admx file from https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=41193
    And please refer to the following thread for similar issue:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/4f6b9a86-cdf5-44f1-88f8-196c1b9908bc/onedrive-admx-file-gpo-entry?forum=winserverGP

    Besides, the link in "Regarding to question 3" is https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753092.aspx please try again.

    Regards,
    Wendy


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and un-mark them if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 1:49 AM
    Moderator