Still celebrating National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17


Sync onedrive folder without logging on to Server 2008

Posted on 2016-08-23
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2016-08-23
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.
Question by:Ace-IT
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3
LVL 11

Accepted Solution

TS4B earned 2000 total points
ID: 41768075
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.

Author Comment

ID: 41768088
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.
LVL 11

Expert Comment

ID: 41768104
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!

Modern healthcare requires a modern cloud. View this brief video to understand how the Concerto Cloud for Healthcare can help your organization.


Author Comment

ID: 41768106
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.
LVL 11

Expert Comment

ID: 41768114
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.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 41768145
Thanks for the quick answer :)

Featured Post

Building an interactive eFuture classroom

Watch and learn how ATEN provided a total control system solution including seamless switching matrix switch, HDBaseT extenders, PDU, lighting control to build an interactive eFuture classroom.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

For anyone that has accidentally used newSID with Server 2008 R2 (like I did) and hasn't been able to get the server running again because you were unlucky (as I was) and had no backups - I was able to get things working by doing a Registry Hive rec…
There’s a movement in Information Technology (IT), and while it’s hard to define, it is gaining momentum. Some call it “stream-lined IT;” others call it “thin-model IT.”
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of transferring the five major, necessary Active Directory Roles, commonly referred to as the FSMO roles to another domain controller. Log onto the new domain controller with a user account t…
Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With eFax Corporate (, you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, fr…

722 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question