OneDrive for Business – Predeployment Considerations – Office 365

So, after hearing Microsoft was planning to up the space offered in their OneDrive for Business (Office 365) Solution to 1 terabyte, We thought it may be a good idea to explore moving our users personal network folders, my documents folders, and desktops to OneDrive. I’ve been testing different scenarios for getting this to work, and I have to say, I’ve been very underwhelmed with Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business (office 365) Offering. If you’re considering this move in an enterprise environment, consider the following first:

  1. There doesn’t appear to be a way to massively start a sync for the enterprise, that is it looks as though each user has to kick off the initial sync manually.
  2. Initial sync (when redirecting existing documents) processor/system resource usage is very high. Think 50%+ of a 3rd gen I5’s processing power. There does not appear to be an effective way to throttle this. I’ve gone as far as using a powershell command to set the process to a lower priority, but this introduces other issues.
  3. There is no way to tell the product when it can, and cannot synchronize. This is especially a problem when point 2 is considered. I suppose one could right a script here to start and stop groove, and msosync, but it seems this should be handled easier than this.
  4. There are virtually no application settings available to improve the OneDrive sync process for your users. Group policies aren’t really around for OneDrive yet that I can tell.
  5. Resource usage seems to be more of a problem when errors are detected with the sync. The following filetypes make OneDrive angry:

Any file over 2 gig, a filename or folder that contains a special character, and, I have heard nonconfirmed complaints that .pst files can cause some speed issues as well.

I don’t really have any solutions to offer here, other than a lot of scripting to improve what feels like a very incomplete offering at this point. So to sum it up, while 1 terabyte per user is an incredible number, at this point it’s going to be damn difficult to actually take advantage of that number from an enterprise perspective.





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