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Skydrive in corporate environment

Posted on 2013-06-28
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So we have quite a few customers now upgrading to Office 2013.

None of them want their employees saving files to SkyDrive.

Is there no way to disable it completely on all machines?

One person has suggested we need to upgrade to SkyDrive Pro....in order to NOT use it?!
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by:John Kovack
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I'm working on disabling this also. Here's a couple things to help out. It would be nice if anyone could add to this. We also setup our firewall to block the connections and use the rest for added measure. Nothing like having a couple layers.

Unistall skydrive.

Rest of this is on a per profile basis.
In the options for word and excel.
uncheck: Save\always show additional places for saving, even if sign-in may be required.
Check : Don’t show the backstage when opening or saving files

Regedit:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\SignIn.
Add DWORD SignInOptions 3

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Internet\UseOnlineContent
Set to 0, Do not allow user to access office 2013 resources on the internet

To delete an Office profile that may still be cached
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Identity\Identities

Choose the Office profile that you want to delete, and then choose Delete.
From the Identity hive, navigate to the Profiles node, choose that same identity, open the shortcut menu (right-click), and then choose Delete.
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by:devon-lad
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Thanks for that.

I've seen solutions like this that can be used on an individual basis, but when you've got 50 or more users on each network - bit of a pain to go through this.

I was expecting some tight integration with group policy, no such luck.
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John Kovack earned 500 total points
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From logon script
if exist %localappdata%\microsoft\skydrive\16.4.6013.0910\SkyDriveSetup.exe %localappdata%\microsoft\skydrive\16.4.6013.0910\SkyDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
will vary depending on version.

than call regedit /s rem_skydrv.reg or put these keys in gpo.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\SignIn]
"SignInOptions"=dword:3

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Internet\]
"UseOnlineContent"=dword:0

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Identity\Identities\]
"*_LiveId"=-

This removes software and also disables the view in Word/Excel. Any savy user would find a way to reinstall but it would make it a pain for them. That's why we went the firewall route with bonus of removing it.
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by:devon-lad
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Thanks for sharing your insight.

We just feel like we're missing something.  Surely MS wouldn't have planned on businesses having no control over where their staff save their data ??
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by:John Kovack
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Have you looked at the settings for the Office 2013 administrative templates? There are some things you can do in there.
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