Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Step-by-Step: Upgrade OneDrive for Business Sync Client

Microsoft recently released a new version of OneDrive for Business Sync Client. You can see the announcement made on 16th Dec 2015 here. Upgrading to the new Sync Client is not a simple Wizard like upgrade, but the steps are simple enough for an IT person to follow on their local machine to upgrade the Sync Client for Office 365 OneDrive for business.

To be clear, the goal is to upgrade the already installed Sync Client used for syncing OneDrive for Business files to the Office 365 work or school account that you might already have. This Sync client might be used for other personal OneDrive’s as well.

Before we start with the  install steps, the environment that we are running is Microsoft Windows 10 with Office 2016 and One Drive for Business from within a Office 365 work account. The Supported Environments for OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client are Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. Strangle to see that Windows 8.1 is currently not supported.

Items to note before you start:
a) When you Install the New Sync client, all user’s content will be re-downloaded to a new OneDrive Folder on the local (you can re-name the old one).
b) If you had Installed the OneDrive for Business sync app separately through Click-to-run, it updates on its own when the update service advertises an update. You can check the version from the GROOVE.exe properties. See Steps @ Know the Installed Version of OneDrive for Business Sync Client.
c) This capability is not currently available for SharePoint Document Libraries, only for OneDrive for Business. What this means is, no Sync Client update is available for Document Libraries yet. This will be added in future releases.
d) The next generation Sync Client will work side by side with the existing sync client (groove.exe) for customers who require sync for both OneDrive for Business and SharePoint document libraries.

Let’s look at the steps –
1. Stop the existing OneDrive for Business sync client.

Fig 1 Find OneDrive on the System Tray

Fig 2 Stop Syncing OneDrive

Fig 3 Confirm Stopping of Syncing

Fig 4 Final Confirmation to Stop Syncing.

2. Next, Rename the OneDrive Folder on your Local.

Fig 5 Rename The OneDrive Folder

3. Now lets look at the Sync Client Installation steps.
Now there are three ways (which I have identified) to add Configurations for the new Sync Client (in registry).

  • Manually adding the settings (which I am going to do below).
  • You can download the OneDrive Deployment Package for Windows from here. This package can be auto-run to install registry settings.
  • Rather than making a manual Registry key Change, the configuration settings are included in the OneDrive deployment package that can be deployed onto multiple user’s machine using System Center Configuration Manager or Group Policy. For Instructions See Here
  • Now let’s begin with the first option i.e. of adding the configuration registry keys to my Windows 10 machine.

a). Run Regedit and then Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\OneDrive.
Next we’ll add the Default to Business registry key entry (DefaultToBusinessFRE). The purpose of adding Default to Business registry key entry is to display the “Welcome to OneDrive” wizard for configuring the account used when a user launches the new OneDrive for Business sync client.
Follow the following to add DefaultToBusinessFRE=dword:00000001
Right Click on OneDrive add a new DWORD. Name it “DefaultToBusinessFRE

Fig 6 Locate the DefaultToBusinessFRE 

Fig 7 Edit the DWORD

b) Next, Run the OneDriveSetup.exe. You need to Download it (OneDriveSetup.exe) before you can start.

Fig 8 Download OneDriveSetup.exe
c) Run the Setup :

Fig 9 Install Running

d) The Setup will Install the Onedrive.exe file at location : %localappdata%\Microsoft\. Navigate to the location to verify. 

e) Now if you have a personal OneDrive configured as well, OneDrive.exe will start up all OneDrive processes. No Welcome to OneDrive wizard will be shown to the user.
If you only want to target and open a OneDrive for Business from Office 365 Use the Office 365 Tenant ID while running the setup.
i.e. On command prompt, run Onedrive.exe/configure_business: parameter
In my case, the Tenant Id is learningwayinstitute.
For information the Tenant ID is the ID that you enter in Office365 when you signed-up (demo or purchased version) initially. Something like

f) Run the Command : OneDrive.exe/configure_business:learningwayinstitute

When OneDrive.exe is launched with the tenant ID, it will check for the presence of ConfiguredTenantId in the system registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\OneDrive\Accounts. If the entry does not exists, the Welcome to OneDrive wizard to configure a business or work account will open for Login. Else nothing will happen.

g) Sign-in with the Office 365 Login Id and the follow the wizard again.

The wizzard will come to an end and you are now using the New Sync Client for OneDrive for Business.

h) To Check that all is well, right click on the Settings of your New Sync Client and look at the Version. 
Fig 10 Select Settings to check Version 

12 Ways You Already Use The Cloud

As long as it’s easy to watch box sets on a laptop read emails on a smartphone, or share files from a tablet, people don’t pause to wonder where the data actually goes, how it gets there, and what happens to it on the way. But these days the cloud is usually involved somewhere with out you even thinking about.
  1. Check your email on your smartphone this morning? Chances are it was stored in the cloud.
  2. If you checked the news or weather or the whereabouts of your nest train to the office, all of that useful app data is also managed in the cloud.
  3. If you made a quick change to a spreadsheet or Word doc on your smartphone, that probably happened over the cloud too.
  4. Messaged someone on LinkedIn? Social networking, whether professional or personal, is managed in the cloud.
  5. Did you receive a large file from a colleague today? That was probably sent to you over the cloud.
  6. If you collaborated with a virtual team on a document or using communication software like Yammer or Skype, that happened over the cloud too.
  7. Did you see the YouTube clip that got sent around the office or listen to Spotify while you worked? That was all thanks to the cloud.
  8. If you logged your hours or booked your annual leave, the chances are that happened over the cloud.
  9. Pull up a contact on your smartphone? Most address books are stored in the cloud nowadays.
  10. Take a photo of your dinner? Photo sharing apps, like Instagram, are made possible because of the cloud
  11. Did you wind down in front of Netflix or your games console? Internet video and game data is stored in the cloud.
  12. If you check your diary for the next day, can you guess where your appointments are stored?
Think of the cloud as the unsung hero of daily data!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Squeeze More Out of SharePoint 2016

Squeeze More Out of SharePoint 2016 - 11th February 2016 Manchester

Whilst most organisations use the basic SharePoint features like team collaboration sites and document libraries, many have yet to take full advantage of the power offered by this under explored platform.  In reality SharePoint can provide the foundation for an outstanding collection of business process enhancements which can be used to build an almost endless variety of clever and useful collaboration and information sharing midi-applications.

There is a small ‘however’ in this context, in that this very same diversity and flexibility is the platforms biggest challenge.  Hence our event will discuss and demonstrate a powerful collection of processes, applications and strategies on how to get more out of SharePoint both on premise and the cloud based Office365. Our SharePoint experts will ensure that you are equipped with this knowledge, helping you to fully leverage the power of SharePoint to meet your business goals.

This event is aimed at anyone who is looking for ways to enable teams of people to work smarter.
It is particularly suitable for managers within businesses who are thinking of how they can improve their processes – or those who are already using Microsoft SharePoint but want to understand how to use it more effectively.

You do not need to be from a technical background to attend this event and an existing awareness of Microsoft SharePoint is not required.

  • What’s New in SharePoint 2016
  • Smart way to auto Tag your documents.
  • Publish an InfoPath Form for Anyone to use outside of your organisation.
  • Mobile worker productivity with SharePoint.
  • Rugged military standard devices from Dell.
  • Let’s WOW our / your users and make SharePoint Rock!
  • Workflows can automate your processes
  • SharePoint Document Automation.
  • Making migration easier. 

For more information or to register for this free event on 11th February at MUFC in Old Trafford, please register here  (registration button link). Refreshments and Lunch will be provided to delegates during the day and car parking is also free.