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Automatically configure Onedrive for Business (office 365 sharepoint) cross platforms

Posted on 2014-04-29
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Hi.

Today we have installed the stand alone installer for Onedrive for Business on our win7 (office 2010) platform and our win8 platform have office 2013 which includes onedrive for business.

The thing is, when we start the application for the first time we want the program to automatically configure everything, to populate the url field. We dont want our user to have too  enter "https://company-my.sharepoint.com/personal/firstname_lastname_company_se"

We have autodiscover set in exchange 2013.
We tried to install an on premise sharepoint 2013 and redirect that one to o365.

And we found that if we start Word 2013 and then go to File\Account\Add a Service\Storage\Office 365 Sharepoint and just enters our email address the next time we start Onedrive it will auto configure.

So if we cant get Onedrive to auto configure, how can we auto configure Word to add a Office 365 Sharepoint?

the thing is that user shall not have to do anything else then start the program and then maybe enter an password the first time.
Any Suggestions?
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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It's not just a simple autodiscover to allow for this to work.  You need to follow this documentation to set up  Autodiscover with a My Site Host URL"

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn217895(v=office.15).aspx
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by:cribbafix
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Well, it's that documentation we've follewed and we can se that My Site Host URL is populated in SharePoint My Site settings page. But still, the Sync Client (OneDrive for Business) on our client machines does not trying to connect or even populate the address in the address field.

So is there more than just set up My Site Host URL in AD? Group Policy or registry?
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Ahhh... I see now... you are using OEM Office 2013 installations and not Office 365 Subscription versions.

Because of this, your Office 2013 installs may not have the latest updates installed (Office 365 versions get updated automatically).

Be sure you have the absolute latest updates installed and it should work as expected.

Jeff
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by:cribbafix
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Yes, we are using the OEM Office 2013 professional for our Windows 8.1 clients. But for our Windows 7 clients we have office 2010, so we have deployed the onedrive client downloaded from here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2903984 

We use System Center Configuration Manager to uppdate our clients and software every month at patch tuesday... So I don't think that's the problem. Other suggestions? It doesn't work for eather win7 or win8..
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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So, the Office 2010 installs will never work with autodiscover -- the OneDrive Client is a sync app, it doesn't affect any of Office's settings.  But once it does sync a library, that library is added to the user's FAVORITES in Windows Explorer, which can then be added  from there without having to enter that long URL at all.
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Also, if you ran the Desktop Setup program from the software downloads in https://portal.microsoftonline.com it would probably configure things as well.
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So, for our Windows 7 clients with OneDrive installed the users have to login to O365 and press the sync button or type the url to set up the sync first time, no matter what?

I will try out the Desktop Setup program from microsoftonline!

Thank you!
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So, for our Windows 7 clients with OneDrive installed the users have to login to O365 and press the sync button or type the url to set up the sync first time, no matter what?

Yes.  Unless they upgrade to Office Pro Plus (2013).
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