OneDrive for Business: Can you "pre-configure" it for deployment?

Can a OneDrive for Business Deployment be "pre-configured" for win10 users?  

On our win10 clients, OneDrive is in the system tray as a white cloud "OneDrive not signed in".

We want to "auto-configure" it as much as possible.

The extent of what I've been able to accomplish is pre-filling the email address on the "Setup OneDrive" screen via a URL where the email address is the parameter.

I keep seeing references to the same KB article:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/deploy-the-new-onedrive-sync-client-in-an-enterprise-environment-3f3a511c-30c6-404a-98bf-76f95c519668

It mentions the pre-filling email address thing and also auto-syncing a sharepoint library but we don't have a sharepoint library.

We simply want to deploy onedrive as seamlessly as possible so we can do away with "U:" personal file server space and let people store their personal files in OneDrive.

Any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
-Mike
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Blue Street TechConnect With a Mentor Last KnightCommented:
My test laptop (same build), not logged in, the icon is WHITE.  (maybe it will turn blue when I log in).
No, blue is business regardless of login and white is personal regardless of login. It depends on the version you have installed whether which icon appears first by default. You want the NGSC (Next Generation Sync Client)...see below to determine:Determine which version you have installed.REF: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/which-version-of-onedrive-am-i-using-19246eae-8a51-490a-8d97-a645c151f2ba?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Since the OneDrive is included in win10 and Office 2016, I'm presuming I don't need to install it.
Not neccessarily - you need to determine which version was pre-installed with Windows. In most cases we deal with we run an uninstall command from our RMM system to remove the pre-loaded application since most of the time it is not the NGSC. Then we re-deploy the NGSC.

BTW, my OneDrive build is version 2018 (build 18.044.0301.0006)
For Windows that is the latest Production Ring. The latest Enterprise Ring is 17.3.7301.0404.
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Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:
Hi Mike,

Describe your environment...domain/workgroup, number of users, Office 365 subscription...

Since you are referencing an Enterprise support article I'm assuming this is a domain-joined server environment running at least E3 or above but again please confirm...I detest assuming.

On our win10 clients, OneDrive is in the system tray as a white cloud "OneDrive not signed in".
This is not the business deployment. The White cloud is the personal version of OneDrive. The Blue cloud is the business version of OneDrive. Yes, if users have a personal account too and configure it both will show by design as they are essentially two different structures, entities and libraries.

OneDrive doesn't support single sign in using existing Office or Windows credentials so the article literally provides all the ways you can automate the installation. The sign-in process is simple though...they click on the could and it prompts them for email/password...done!

Are the users needing to authenticate the rest of the Office installation or are you doing that for them?

It mentions the pre-filling email address thing and also auto-syncing a sharepoint library but we don't have a sharepoint library.
OneDrive runs on SharePoint. Depending on your licensing you may have the ability to create specific SharePoint libraries outside of OneDrive that your users can use for repositories, project, virtual libraries, etc.

We simply want to deploy onedrive as seamlessly as possible so we can do away with "U:" personal file server space and let people store their personal files in OneDrive.
I don't know what you are referring to here. OneDrive is a could storage solution first and foremost, which is configured so that every user has their own private storage space within SharePoint Online (in the cloud). The only on-premise deployment is if you have a compatible SharePoint server on-premise other than that it is not a file server application.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
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mike2401Author Commented:
Thanks for the reply.

We have 400 users (yes, domain) in an Office 365 Enterprise E3.

Interestingly, my pc (onedrive is logged in and synced, the icon is BLUE).

My test laptop (same build), not logged in, the icon is WHITE.  (maybe it will turn blue when I log in).

Since the OneDrive is included in win10 and Office 2016, I'm presuming I don't need to install it.

And even though it's just entering email address and NEXTing through some prompts, I was hoping to automate it as much as possible.
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mike2401Author Commented:
BTW, my OneDrive build is version 2018 (build 18.044.0301.0006)
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mike2401Author Commented:
Thanks for the awesome screen shots with annotations!!!!

Once I logged in, it became blue and both my desktop and loaner laptop are running the same (newest) sync client, I guess that's not the problem.

The thing that remains so confusing is the document says it doesn't support single sign-on.

However, the group policy does support:  "silently configure onedrive using primary windows account" ; those two things seem in conflict !!!
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Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:
You're welcome!

Once I logged in, it became blue and both my desktop and loaner laptop are running the same (newest) sync client, I guess that's not the problem.
It doesn't actually become blue...if you were to hover over it before you signed in you'd see that it is the personal icon. When you signed in it recognized the business account and showed that icon respectively.

The thing that remains so confusing is the document says it doesn't support single sign-on.

However, the group policy does support:  "silently configure onedrive using primary windows account" ; those two things seem in conflict !!!
Which article(s) are you referring to, please reference them. Without knowing I'd assume the latter is for a local Windows account (personal OneDrive account) and SSO is specifically for Business accounts.
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mike2401Author Commented:
Thanks for your help.  I got it working Last Night :-)

Oddly enough, it appears to have been a GPO deployment issue because the important setting regarding "silent" is a machine policy not a user policy.    Somehow, the GPO wasn't linked to both the computer and user gpo.  Eventually, it did turn blue and sync'd itself.

Thanks again!

Mike
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mike2401Author Commented:
Thanks again!
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Blue Street TechLast KnightCommented:
I'm glad you sorted it out and I was able to help. Thanks for the points!
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