OneDrive – Next Generation Sync Client |Group Policies

Next Generation Sync Client: Group policies

Administrators of companies want to automate and control the behavior of OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. Sometimes their want to disable the usage of OneDrive (Personal). Or They want to say, where the user has to save their documents. And these administrators may do that with group policies. First, they have to download the OneDrive Deployment Package. You will find the following files:

Files in the OneDrive Deployment package

ADMx/ADMl Templates are stored in  %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions folder. The language File has to be stored in the corresponding language folder. If you later open the Group policy editor, they will be opened and checked.

admx storage on the Server

No you open the Group Management console on the Server

Create a new GPO You should create a new GPO and give it a name like “OneDrive”.

Edit the GPO Now you may edit the entries.

different entries in the GPO Editor for OneDrive

Just a reminder: The Next Generation Sync Client is running in a context of a user.Therefore you have to open the User configuration, admin templates and here OneDrive:

Coauthoring and in-app sharing for Office files
Configure OneDrive.exe to receive updates after consumer production
Prevent users from changing the location of their OneDrive folder
Prevent users from configuring personal OneDrive accounts
Set the default location for the OneDrive folder
Users can choose how to handle Office files in conflict

There are two more policies, which are on a different place: (Computer configuration, admin templates and the OneDrive

Prevent users from using the remote file fetch feature to access files on the computer
Set the maximum percentage of upload bandwidth that OneDrive.exe uses

you find all these descriptions and more here.

And here is another Link about “Use Group Policy in Windows 2012 R2 to disable OneDrive functionality in Windows 8.1 clients”

Often I hear the question : Is it possible, to automate install of the Next Generation Sync Client? The answer is yes and I will describe that in another blog post.


Group Policy is the ideal tool to provide different user groups have different preferences to OneDrive and OneDrive for Business with the Next Generation Sync Client.

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