Office 365 Sharepoint Directory Synchronisation

Posted on 2012-03-12
Last Modified: 2012-04-04
Hello All,

Have a client that has a hybrid of O365 users and non users.

The 0365 users can access their sharepoint data without issue etc.

What the client is wanting is some documents that are synchronised in real time with the O365 portal.  The documents are on an SBS 2003 server via mapped drive.

Is this possible?  I thought some third party apps did it and saw one but have since misplaced the reference.

Any help would be appreciated.

Question by:leonardrogan
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Expert Comment

ID: 37713810
So you would like to be able to upload changes from your SBS server to Office 365 in real time - as the changes are committed to disk.

This is a tricky one, there are only a few ways to get files up into Office 365:
Through the web interface.
Using the 'View with Windows Explorer'.
Using SharePoint Workspace.

The main issue you'll have to overcome is logging in.  If you've using the client app to manage authentication I think this will be your sticking point.  If you're using federated services/SSO then you could setup a script to copy to a mapped drive which is actually a sharepoint list and make sure the account doing the copy is a subscriber.  This is NOT real time but as close as you can get it for your purposes I think.

You could write an app/script that copies a file every time it's modified, that's another option and would be closer to real-time.

I've not tried any of the above but this is a suggested place to start.  Hope it helps!

Author Comment

ID: 37717828
Is there any way to map a drive to the O365 servers without using SSO?  Like you can manually map a drive to a NTFS domain share from a non domain machine by putting in credentials?

Appreciate your assistance.

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Expert Comment

ID: 37718871
No, as it's an external system there HAS to be a mechanism for authentication.  This is either through the Office 365 client (the one that also handles setting up local applications to work with cloud services) or through SSO using Active Directory Federation Services.

When you map a drive locally kerberos or NTLM is happening in the background to authenticate users against the domain catalogue.  

Sorry, I can't see an alternative way of doing it without third party products (if they exist).
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Author Comment

ID: 37769110
Thank you for your comments.  So no body knows if there is a third party app that will do this?
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ImaCircularSaw earned 250 total points
ID: 37799849
There is not, to my knowledge, anything that will do this for you.  I believe this is the answer - just not the one you're looking for.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 37804316
Thanks for your time. It's a pitty that there isn't a commercial third party tool for this.

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Expert Comment

ID: 37805907
I agree, thanks for marking me down because of that.

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