One of the wins for Office 365 customers who have OneDrive migration for Business included in their licensing is to migrate users’ personal files to OneDrive.
For files that are stored in home drives on traditional file servers, the reduction in server and storage costs is a benefit. For other personal files stored on local computers, moving the files to OneDrive so that they are safely stored in the cloud is also a benefit.
Generally speaking, OneDrive for Business works well for:
“My documents” scenarios
Simple sharing of documents between small groups of collaborators
Storing data in the cloud where compliance and security can be enforced
Syncing files to mobile computers and devices for working offline or remotely
The OneDrive sync client can also synchronize files from SharePoint libraries for offline access to team files. So having it configure and ready to go is useful to end users who travel or work in places with poor connectivity.
In this article I’m going to demonstrate a simple migration scenario for migrating home drives to OneDrive for Business. For the purposes of this demonstration the environment consists of:
Office 365 E3 licensed users.
Office 2016 (via Office 365 ProPlus) client installations on Windows 10 computers.
The “Next Gen Sync Client” (NGSC), also generally referred to as OneDrive.exe, as opposed to the old Groove.exe sync client that has fewer features, slower performance, and less reliability.
User home drives located on a file server
Folder redirection for Documents and other well known folders to the home drive