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How to push multiple files to OneDrive for Business

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I am testing OneDrive for Business before deploying it to 70 users in an Office 365 migration for their Documents folders.  I expected that when I setup the app to sync that the files on my PC would upload to the cloud space automatically.  That is not happening.  I need to get lots of files and folders TO the OneDrive Office 365 free terabyte cloud space (really a SharePoint site) from my PC (and eventually all the users' PC's to their own OneDrives). Problem is that I can only put one file in the cloud at a time, and folder copying is not allowed. Interestingly, OneDrive created all the FOLDERS in the cloud on its own, and SAYS that is it syncing; I see a count of files that is slowly decreasing; but all of the cloud folders are empty.
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How is this supposed to work?
The application has been syncing for days;  is this just a timing issue?
How do people get thousands of files and folders to the cloud drive in batches, or maybe even in one upload per user?
Do files appear only show up in the cloud only after they are changed on the PC?
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Vasil Michev (MVP) earned 500 total points
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If you are aiming to upload a large quantity of files to OneDrive for storage purposes, DO NOT use the sync client. Use the browser or the "Open with explorer" option or even map a network drive. I would even go as far as say do not use ODFB at all, it is not designed to be used as a backup solution and you will run into gazillion of issues if you try to use it as such (the 5k/20k sync limits are the prime examples). Instead, you should only use it to sync documents you work on across different devices or large documents you intend to share with your colleagues, etc.

For help on mapping a drive to ODFB you can check for example this FAQ: http://blogs.technet.com/b/educloud/archive/2014/06/04/onedrive-for-business-faq.aspx#pi47623=1
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by:quaybj
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Thanks Vasil,

I could not get this to work on my lab machine for some reason,  but it is working pretty much as advertised on the production network. If I put a folder into the local folder that ODFB created, it appears  in the cloud in a few minutes, with the files, which is what i need to happen.   Not a huge folder, but a reasonable size.  Changes sync as well. I am the only test case.  I found that 'open with explorer ' only works on IE and not Chrome, which is OK.  I followed the steps in the article link you sent me, installed WebDav and tried to map a drive to the cloud OneDrive.   I had already made the site trusted, and selected 'keep me logged in'. The mapping failed,   2 days passed.  I did not reboot, the command prompt box was still open, i hit the up arrow to see the error so i could post it here,  and the command worked!  The command and the initial error are below:

C:\>net use i: \\xxxx-my.sharepoint.com@SSL\DavWWWRoot\personal\yyyy_xxxx_
onmicrosoft_com\Documents /PERSISTENT:yes
System error 224 has occurred.

Access Denied. Before opening files in this location, you must first add the web
 site to your trusted sites list, browse to the web site, and select the option
to login automatically.

Further work is needed to integrate this smoothly, but, Bottom line, Thanks for your solution, i am awarding all points.
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