Prevent headaches by upgrading to the new OneDrive for Business next generation sync client

Recently, Microsoft switched over their default OneDrive for Business to the new OneDrive sync client. It was already possible to run it but was still in a beta phase. In the last couple of months, I did some extended testing and even did a rollout recently for a big company. I can honestly say the improvements are significant, especially in stability.

So, what is it?
Actually this new client is based on the consumer OneDrive and even has the same name. You can selective sync folders and the file/folder limits are greatly increased. They also added functionality so you can use special signs like % and & in your file names which will remove a lot of headaches for at least some of the users.

Stability
One thing you will notice immediately is the stability. Not even once I have seen the popup where OneDrive was stuck syncing files. In my opinion the downloading and uploading speed is improved as well.

Let’s upgrade immediately?!?
Well, for now this new sync client is only supported for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Windows 8.1 is currently not supported and there is no functionality yet to sync Sharepoint libraries. The expectation is that this functionality will be added before summer. Luckily you can run the old OneDrive for Business simultaneously with the new client if you still need to sync your Sharepoint libraries.

How to install it
1. First make sure your files are uploaded and safe. Then stop syncing your current library.

2. Download the new sync client here
3. Open up registry and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\OneDrive
4. Create a DWORD key with value name “DefaultToBusiness” with value data 1
5. Create a DWORD key with value name “EnableAddAccounts” with value data 1

No reboot required. Now when you open OneDrive and click on sign in you will be prompted with an Office 365 login screen. Click on Sign in after providing credentials.

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You should be able to enjoy a better OneDrive by now 🙂

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If you want to roll it out to everyone in the organization you can distribute the desired registry keys via Group Policy Preferences.

When desired you can prevent users from adding their personal OneDrive account. Just add 1 extra registry key in the same location with value name “DisablePersonalSync” with value data 1

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4 thoughts on “Prevent headaches by upgrading to the new OneDrive for Business next generation sync client”

  1. Worthy to update post:

    4. Create a DWORD key with value name “DefaultToBusiness” with value data 1 (DECIMAL)
    5. Create a DWORD key with value name “EnableAddAccounts” with value data 1 (DECIMAL)

    By default RegEdit adding values as Hexadecimal and it won’t work.

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