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Sync onedrive folder without logging on to Server 2008

Hi,
Customer has Server 2008r2 with Onedrive installed which syncs a local folder to Onedrive.
The problem is that it only syncs when the Server is logged on and the Onedrive program opens.
I've tried creating a Service to run Onedrive with a 3rd party tool but it's not reliable.

Does anyone know of a way to sync without logging onto the Server and not using a 3rd party program?  Onedrive for Business or Home are both options.
thanks.
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MacleanSystem EngineerCommented:
I cannot guarantee this works as I have not tested it, but out of curiosity I did a quick look around on the web and located an app named "AlwaysUp" which seems from reading the description & instructions like a potential solution to the issue. It appears to insinuate no login is required.
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Ace-ITAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
I saw this one but would rather not use a 3rd party program at the moment. I should have mentioned the server's a bit flaky and I've basically told the customer I'm not going to set up their server to Autologon at startup without a strongly worded waiver.
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MacleanSystem EngineerCommented:
I see your point. As the "Service Account" is the users account, It does not log onto the desktop as I understand it, but runs an isolated session with the same credentials on the background, even if system is still at the CTRL+ALT+DEL state.

If the clients server is flaky I'd probably run a SFC /SCANNOW etc to try and stabilize it, or P2V it. Usually if you ask them the cost per hour of their server being down, it will validate the cost of a rebuild/migration.
Regardless, that is not your question, and I guess 10 people will have 10 different opinions on things :)

I would suggest calling Microsoft themselves. Seeing as they sell OneDrive for business, and recommend Server Core, I would assume that their 365 products are compatible with Server Core 2012 R2, and have some way of configuring it as a background task. I could not find evidence of my assumption, but would say that going to the lion's den would provide you with the fastest answer regarding whether it is possible yes/no.
Apologies that this does not help you much further on your path. Good luck!
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What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

 
Ace-ITAuthor Commented:
I've emailed MS Onedrive support and will see what they say.  They won't shell out to buy a new server or P2v etc. and the company who installed it years ago did everything wrong, so any small change seems to break something.
AlwaysUp seems like a pretty viable option now.
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MacleanSystem EngineerCommented:
That is what I am thinking yes (AlwaysUp) But I would possibly run it from a workstation or another server if their current one is flaky.
You can use Symbolic hardcoded links to make a shared drive appear as a local drive on a desktop, install OneDrive to it, and use AlwaysUp to run it in the background.
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Ace-ITAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick answer :)
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