OneDrive for Business | Next Generation Sync Client – Step Two

So much confusion since Microsoft released the first Version of the Next Generation Sync Client (NGSC). I received many questions on different communication channel. But unfortunately I may not answer them one by one. Before I will start with with the setup, first a different approach to explain, which Sync Client will work on which Operating system, and how do you synchronize data with NGSC. I have had a blog post here.

Synch-Client: NGSC, Next Generation Sync Client

What is your Operating System?

Operating System Usage of NGSC
Windows XP No
Windows Vista No
Windows 7 Yes
Windows 8.0 Yes
Windows 8.1 No *)
Windows 10 Yes
Mac OS X 10.0 Yes

*) Microsoft will support the usage of NGSC with Windows 8.1 in the first quarter of 2016. Background is, that OneDrive (Personal) is directly integrated in Windows Explorer, and that must be changed.

Those, who work with Windows 10, and this are now more than 200 Million users, they are still working with the new NGSC. And the functionality will now enhanced.

What we may now synchronize with NGSC?

The picture above shows all different storages within Office 365. And so it says, at this time you may not sync data with the NGSC to any on premise SharePoint. And certainly you have heard the Microsoft statement “Cloud first – mobile first” . So this is done also with the NGSC. First the cloud, then mobile, and then we will see.

  document-libraries may synchronize with NGSC
SharePoint Online: Team site NO,  this time only with Groove
documents in Groups are stored in a hidden site collection
NO,  this time only with Groove
OneDrive for Business
(formerly known as MySite)
OneDrive Personal Yes

So now you see, if a question comes in, I always ask for the OS, and then for the storage place.

Where Do I find questions and answers for NGSC?

So, I think, Microsoft do that a little bit too complex. You do not find something about NGSC there. You find several articles at Office-Support. And to give you a better overview, I have  put these articles into a flow chart.

Next Generation Sync Client Flow Chart

number article with link

Meet the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client


Restrictions and limitations when you sync OneDrive for Business libraries through OneDrive for Business


Transition from the existing OneDrive for Business sync client


Deploying the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client in an enterprise environment


Get started with the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client in Windows

6 Deploying the OneDrive Next Generation Sync Client on OS X and configuring work or school accounts

Get started with the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client on Mac OS X

so, where do I get the new client?

as mentioned above, it is depending on the operating system.

NGSC for Windows 7 and 8.0
  for MAC OS X
Windows 10 Please read the web document of number 5 and download the deployment package.
Extract this file. Then you will find two registry keys with the name EnableAddAccounts.reg and DefaultToBusinessFRE.reg. A click on both  reg keys ad these keys to the registry


To be continued. With step Three



OneDrive for Business | Next Generation Sync Client – first steps
Next Generation Sync Client | ready for Enterprise?

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