Sync Files on Demand with OneDrive Client

In a complete Office 365 implementation, every user gets a personal web space called OneDrive Site. This is a place where they are supposed to store files which are not supposed to be shared or ready to be shared with larger audience. OneDrive for Business sites combined with OneDrive client provides great way to ensure users are truly mobile. It allows them to access their files anywhere from any device, of course, depending on organizational policies. Organizations have love-hate relationship with OneDrive – Some have accepted it to the core whereas others see it as a potential security hazard, which […]

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Migrate Files Shares to Microsoft Cloud

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File shares have been a beloved way to store and share documents around various groups for years. Even though, many organizations moved to collaborative solutions like SharePoint years ago, File Shares didn’t lose their charm. Because of the ease of usage and historical knowhow, it continued to grow both in size and usage over years. I know many organizations who store say 5 terabytes of data in SharePoint, still have four times more data in File Shares. But things are not all rosy with File Shares. Why Move out of File Shares Let’s a take quick look at why we […]

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External/Guest Access in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft recently announced to start rolling out a much awaited feature in Microsoft Teams –¬†Support for consumer email account as Guests or External Users. As per Microsoft official message “Users will have the ability to add anyone with a business or consumer email account (such as Outlook.com) as a guest, enabling them to participate in Teams with full access to team chats, meetings and files. Guests with email accounts such as Gmail.com or others that do not yet have a Microsoft account associated to their email will be directed to create a Microsoft account for free, as this is required […]

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How to Enable Special Characters Support (# and % in file names) in SharePoint Online and OneDrive

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Recently I found a few organizations who have been using SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business for more than a year now and still struggling with synchronizing files having % and # characters in the name. The problem is more evident with auto generated file names like reports generated by external systems which they wanted to store in OneDrive. Problem Just to highlight the problem again, by default for all Office 365 Tenants provisioned before June 2017, # and % characters can’t be used in the file names. If used, those files won’t be synchronized with SharePoint Online or OneDrive […]

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