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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.