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OneDrive Files On-Demand (the new smart files)

12. Mai 2017 1 Kommentar

OneDrive for Business, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft

OneDrife files On-Demand

During Build 2017 Microsoft announced OneDrive Files On-Demand. Announced. This feature of the Next Generation Sync Client will be available for all with the “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”. So we have to wait till autumn. If you are a Windows Insider you will get the version earlier). So what we will get is nothing new. That’s a new Version of smart files.  If have written a lot of articles about Smart files (during these days only in German language)

12/29/2016 OneDrive (for Business) | Wish list for 2017
12/31/2014 OneDrive (for Business) | wish list for 2015
11/16/2014 OneDrive und Windows 10 Preview | Ende der Smart Files?
01/31/2014 OneDrive – SkyDrive | Online – Offline – Smart Files | Windows 8.1
10/03/2013 SkyDrive Smart Files für Windows 8.1

For those, who do not remember “Smart Files” or “OneDrive Files On-Demand”, I will write some words:

You now have more cloud storage available, more than you have locally. With the Next Generation Sync Client this issue was solved with selective sync. But people do not see in the windows explorer, that there are more folder in the cloud. With placeholders for those folders and files you see all and with one click you may sync the files, if you want it. So that we have had with Smart files and Groove. But only for the Personal Edition of OneDrive (the old name was SkyDrive), But we all know the bad implementation of the old Groove client and also the issues with the smart files.

You have the choice to wish changes also with OneDrive and OneDrive for Business with UserVoice. And Microsoft is reading this channel. And have now implemented the old “Smart Files” technology. But on a better way. There is a lot of things, Microsoft has to do with the Sync Client. Before we have had “Groove”, there was a product called SharePoint Workspace 2010, part of Office 2010. And there you could sync also Metadata, IRM protected files….

But back to now and OneDrive Files On-Demand:

Dialog for OneDrive Files On-Demand The mechanism must be easier and stable,so each user may handle it.

To do that, a deeper integration into the OS is indispensable.

the placeholder, small pictures must be saved separate from the files. Such an implementation is not so easy.

Defaults.  Microsoft was a little overzealous in 8.1 and made everything online only by default.  This time they are more focused on what is right for the scenario.

So you are also may hide one or more folder, so you do not have to scroll down a lot of folder with “Online only”. That’s very important for Enterprise companies.

What happens if a file is very large (like a video), is clicked? Can I play the video while downloading? 

You will need to wait until the files has completely downloaded. With that said, you will receive prompt asking if you want to stream the video in via the browser.

Which Version of Windows 10 will be supported?

Microsoft will support all Windows 10 (also Windows S) versions.

Will this require me to upgrade to a new version of the OneDrive (The Next Generation Sync Client) when this becomes available?

The answer is NO. I have described it in other articles, that the Next Generation Sync Client has it’s own Update mechanism.

So here you see the the behavior:

OneDrive Files On-Demand

If you want to hear more, register for  the SharePoint Virtual Summit on May 16, 2017

OneDrive Files On-Demand


OneDrive for Business, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft

OneDrive Files On-Demand

Auf der Build 2017 wurde am 11.05.2017 OneDrive Files On-Demand angekündigt. Angekündigt. Wird erst im Herbst für die Allgemeinheit mit dem “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” zur Verfügung stehen. (Windows Insider erhalten dieses Feature früher). Ist ja nicht unbedingt neu. Denn es ist die Widerauferstehung der Smart Files. Und darüber habe ich in der Vergangenheit schon den einen oder anderen Artikel geschrieben.

28.12.2016 OneDrive (for Business) | Wunschliste für 2017
31.12.2014 OneDrive (for Business) | Wunschliste für 2015
16.11.2014 OneDrive und Windows 10 Preview | Ende der Smart Files?
31.01.2014 OneDrive – SkyDrive | Online – Offline – Smart Files | Windows 8.1
03.10.2013 SkyDrive Smart Files für Windows 8.1

Für diejenige, die mit dem Begriff “Smart Files” oder jetzt “Onedrive Files On-Demand” nichts anfangen können, hier ein kurzer Abriss.

Wir haben heute oft mehr Cloud-Speicher zur Verfügung als  auf unseren neuen Geräten lokalen Plattenspeicher. Mit dem Next Generation Sync Client wurde das Problem (teilweise) gelöst, weil wir die selektive Synchronisation erhalten haben und somit auswählen können, welche Dateien wir aus der Cloud synchronisieren können. Der einzige Haken dabei: Ich sehe im Windows Explorer nicht, ob noch weitere Ordner/Dateien in der Cloud vorhanden sind. Mit Platzhaltern an Stelle der echten Dateien könnte da Abhilfe geschaffen werden. Und genau dieses Prinzip gab es bereits. Allerdings nur für OneDrive (SkyDrive) in der Personal Edition. Und wir kennen das Dilemma der Synchronisation mit dem alten Groove-Client (alles oder nichts) und der Implementierung der Smart Files.

Nun gibt es ja mit UserVoice einen Kanal für Wünsche. Und hier schaut Microsoft auch rein. Und nachdem der Next Generation Sync Client jetzt doch sehr zufriedenstellen läuft, geht es um weitere Implementierungen. Denn so erstaunlich es klingt, der Vorgänger des Groove Client, das Produkt SharePoint Workspace 2010, Teil von Office 2010 konnte schon wesentlich mehr, z.B. Synchronisation von Metadaten, Synchronisation von IRM, … Aber zurück zur jetzigen Zeit und zu OneDrive Files On-Demand

Dialog für OneDrive Files On-Demand Der Mechanismus muss einfacher sein, damit jeder Benutzer damit klarkommt

Das bedingt jedoch eine viel tiefere Integration in das Betriebssystem.

Die Platzhalter, kleine Bilder, müssen separat abgespeichert werden von den tatsächlichen Dateien. Diese Implementierung hört sich leichter an als man sie sich vorstellen kann.

Die Default-Einstellung wird “Online-Only” sein.

Es wird eine Einstellung “Hide” geben, die es erlaubt, Verzeichnisse auszublenden. Das ist im Firmenumfeld wichtig.

Wird eine große Datei, z.B. ein Video  welches nur Online gespeichert ist, durch einen Klick aufgerufen, wird ein Dialog erscheinen, der den Benutzer frägt, ob er das Video via Web-Browser streamen möchte oder er den etwas längeren Download abwarten möchte.

Für welche Betriebssysteme wird es OneDrive Files On-Demand geben?

Es werden alle Windows 10 Versionen (auch Windows S) unterstützt. Zu anderen Betriebssystemen liegen mir noch keine Informationen vor.

Muss ich irgend etwas installieren?

Nein, wie schon öfter beschrieben, erfolgt ein Update des Next Generation Sync Client selbstständig.

Die nachstehende Animation zeigt das Verhalten:

Wer mehr erfahren möchte: Hier geht’s zur Anmeldung des SharePoint Virtual Summit am 16.Mai 2017

Azure Cologne Meetup – OneDrive Deep Dive


Azure Cologne Meetup OneDrive for Business, MicrosoftOneDrive, Microsoft

mit um die 100 Teilnehmern war das Azure Munich Meetup mit dem gleichen Titel recht erfolgreich, hier gibt es noch Bilder. Deshalb wollen wir das ganze im Westen ebenfalls anbieten. Und das noch vor den Sommerferien in NRW, die ja am 17.7.2017 beginnen,

Es war schon schwierig, einen geeigneten Termin zu finden, und der Ort ist noch nicht bestätigt.

OneDrive Deep Dive

und auch hier gilt: Was hat den OneDrive / OneDrive for Business mit Azure zu tun?
Die Antwort gibt es am 13.7.2017 ab 17:00 Uhr in xxxxxx  in Köln.

Und hier geht es zur Anmeldung: Also gleich anmelden oder Termin vormerken

I’m speaking at the European SharePoint Office 365 & Azure conference


European SharePoint Conference

I’m proud to speak at the European SharePoint Office 365 & Azure Conference in Dublin, Ireland. Conference will start at 13th of November 2017 and ends at 16th November 2017.

My session is T6 on Tuesday, 14th of November, 2017 and is called

Working with OneDrive for Business

 

European SharePoint Office 365 & Azure Conference

So you will meet so many well known speakers from around the globe.
And here you may book. May we see us in Dublin?

Azure Munich Meetup | Recap

20. April 2017 2 Kommentare

Azure Meetup Munich: OneDrive Deep Dive

Am Donnerstag den 18.4.2017 füllte sich der große Raum, den uns Microsoft zur Verfügung gestellt hat, mit knappen hundert Leuten, die zuerst mir und dann Markus Klein 3 Stunden zugehört haben.

Mir hat es Spaß gemacht, die Leute waren ausgeruht, war ja auch Ostern und neugierig. Vielen Dank für das Feedback, das mich auf den unterschiedlichen Wegen erreicht hat.

Eine Bilderstrecke hänge ich hier dann dran, zwischendurch waren wir via Facebook live, hier der Link dazu, für die, die nicht dabei sein konnten.

Der Gastgeber Christian Waha stellt vor...

OneDrive: Next Generation Sync Client OneDrive: Next Generation Sync Client

90 Slides: OneDrive Deep Dive

gute gelauntes PublikumOneDrive for Business in Teams

Microsoft OneDrive Expert or MODE


MODE

The Integration of OneDrive and OneDrive for Business is going on. So you see more products with Integration with this Cloud storage. So OneDrive (Personal) has now over 100 Million active Users,  1 Exabyte (== 1 Billion Gigabyte) of data in Azure files. OneDrive for Business  growth 100% year over year, the storage growth is 300% year over year and the reliability reaches 99,999%.

OneDrive in numbers, OneDrive for Business in number

Also there are many certificates: ISO 27001, EU model clauses, HIPAA BAA and FISMA

With automation, not only from Microsoft is going straight forward.  Automation companies like IFTTT or Zapier deliver cloud based solutions.

OneDrive automation

The knowledge about OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, the integration into other products is important for Microsoft. Therefore Microsoft established a new program called MODE. A bunch of people around the globe (MVPs and MCTs) will get more information form the product group, to deliver these information on community events and conferences.

I’m also now a Microsoft OneDrive Expert (MODE) and I hope, my good connection with the Product Group will be enhanced.

Next Generation Sync Client | Sync now with # and % in filename

18. April 2017 1 Kommentar

Office 365, Microsoft OneDrive for Business, Microsoft

A few days ago, Microsoft announced a new feature for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online. The user may now sync data with  “#” and “%” in the files- or folder name. Perfect for the users, but wait: The admin has to switch this feature on, and there is no switch in the admin console.

I have had about 120.000 files synced to the cloud into different Office 365 areas: SharePoint Team sites, Groups and OneDrive for Business. And there were some documents, where the Next Generation Sync Client gives out an error message and I have to change that manually (There were old documents about the language C #  in the filename…)

Next Generation Sync Client: Error message for invalid character in File- or folder name

Many user do not understand this. Yes, we know from past: here were many characters, that may not used in file and folder names. And Microsoft has promised, that the last 2 characters will be removed in the first quarter of 2017. And now it’s ready.

Requirements

All things, that followed, has nothing to do with all OnPremise versions of SharePoint and the old Groove client respectively. If you are a frequent reader of my blog posts, you know, that the Next Generation Sync Client (NGSC) will work only with Office 365 and OneDrive Personal.

 

Storage Omission of “#” und “%”
SharePoint Server on Prem NO
OneDrive for Business on Prem NO
SharePoint Online
Libraries in Team Sites und Groups
YES
OneDrive for Business YES

When is this feature available?

No, because there is no switch for the admin; the adminstrator has to deal with PowerShell. For all Office 365 tenants, that will be established after June 2017, this function is set automatically.

So the cmd-lets for Showing / Changing is: Get-SPOTenant / Set-SPOTenant

and the parameter for changing are: SpecialCharactersStateInFileFolderName

There are three different values:

Value description
Allowed Allows # and % characters in file and folder names in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business document libraries.
Disallowed Disallows the # and % characters in file and folder names in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business document libraries.
NoPreference # and % support will be enabled by Microsoft on your Office 365 Tenant when available. NoPreference state is the default state before we enable # and % on behalf of Office 365 Tenants following the schedule mentioned previously. In this state, # and % are turned off and tenant admins can run Set command to switch it to either Allowed or Disallowed. Once it is set by tenant admins, Microsoft will not change the setting when we enable on # and % on behalf of Office 365 Tenants. In addition, this is a read-only state, so it can not be set by running the Set command.

Before we use PowerShell to connect with SharePoint Online you must ensure, that the SharePoint Online Management Shell is installed. You may download it from this Microsoft site. Even you have it installed, look for the latest version. Start the Powershell online Management Shell, or you use Windows Powershell ISE.

Bevor wir uns per Power Shell mit SharePoint Online ver

Even if you are not use PowerShell each day, I will describe the few steps.

Picture descriptions
Office 365: SharePoint Admin Center Login into Office 365 as a SharePoint Administrator or a Global Teanat admionistrator and switch to the SharePoint Admin Center

We need the part with the tenant name from the URL. Here
https://mvpt01-admin.SharePoint.com

Now a few lines of PowerShell code:

$TenantURL="https://mvpt01-admin.sharepoint.com"
$SharePointAdmin="Hans.Brender@mvpt01.onmicrosoft.com"
Connect-SPOService -Url $TenantURL -credential $SharePointAdmin
Get-SPOTenant

So the first line shows the assign of SharePoint URL, in the second Line the assignment of your SharePoint Administrator or your Global Tenant administrator. In the third line we use the function Connext-SPOService to connect to the Tenant, a popup window will open and ask for the admin’s credential. The last line we call the function Get_SpoTenant and then we get:PowerShell: Get-SPOTenants Results

after the first Call you see the value NoPreference  for SpecialCharactersStateInFileFolderNames

With Get-SPOTenant you read the data, with Set_SPOTenant you could write or change the data. To Allow # and % as a valid character in a file- or folder name, you have to write:Set-SPOTenant -SpecialCharactersStateInFileFolderNames Allowed

to Disallow:

Set-SPOTenant -SpecialCharactersStateInFileFolderNames Disallowed

To Disconnect from you teanant you write Disconnect-SPOService ein.

Important: If you have changed the value, it takes a while, until the changes are affected!

Keep in mind , the changes are for Files /and or folders, not for SharePoint sites (web objects) or Site collections. Developers should also read  for API changes

Next Generation Sync Client: File name with formerly known restricted characters

OneDrive for Business: File name with formerly known restricted characters


Summarize:

There are only a few lines of code, but then administrators of companies will have less work with their users, because they do not understand, why there is a problem. Unfortunately is code only works in Office 365 and not on Premise

Users with a NAS like Synology will get into trouble, if you switch and have data in OneDrive for Buisness with these characters. The reason is, that they will use the old API

Who knows  SaRA?
Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365 with version 16.00.1702.0000 also do not know theses characters, but Microsoft has confirmed me, that this will be changed in the near future.

Source and Original: Microsoft Tech Community
Bill Baer describes the original and also has changed his FileChecker Migration Assistant

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