Feb 21 2019 01:49 AM
Feb 21 2019 01:49 AM
In my company, i use Windows 10 + OneDrive for Business + Files On Demand. The main reason is that i store a loooot of data in OneDriver, most of them i don't need locally and anyway my company laptop hard disk is smaller than the size od data i am allowed store in the cloud.
My company IT Dept sometimes need to reinstall out laptops with a fresh Windows 10 install. But in that case, my Files On Demand settings are lost, ie OneDrive on the fresh Windows 10 install will start dowloading again EVERYTHING from the cloud and i have to set-up manually again my folder-by-folder setting of Files On Demand, with is extremely long to do and almost impossible since i can not remember the setting for each folder. It also make the download extremely long for nothing as the vast majority of my data is only needed in the cloud.
Is there a way no to loose this Files On Demand setting on a fresh Windows 10 install, ie to have this setting stored not locally on the client side but on the server side ?
Feb 21 2019 07:03 AM
Feb 21 2019 07:36 AM - edited Feb 21 2019 07:37 AM
Hi @Chris Webb First of all, thanks for the very quick reply. But i am not sure to understand how it helps for my issue. Indeed, even if set selective sync (Always keep a local copy, never keep a local copy, or allow the os to delete the local copy if space is needed) on files instead of folders, the issue is the same i guess : on a fresh Windows install by my company IT Dept, all folders/files will be syncdd back on my laptop...
Moreover, my OneDrive folder structure is hugely complex, as it is for most people in the world i guess. It is nearly impossible for me to set the syncing files on demande option on a file per file basis… there are indeed some huge chunks of my OneDrive folders tree that i want only in the cloud and thus i have set the "cloud only" option on the top folder. In the same way, i want a permanent copy of more than a few files, so i have to set the option on a folder and can not do it on each file one by one...
Feb 21 2019 07:43 AM
Feb 21 2019 08:11 AM
Hi @Chris Webb Not sure completely that i made my problem clear as English is not my native language and thus i have poorly explained it. What i would find nice is that everytime my IT Dept reinstall a fresh Windows 10 on my laptop, OneDrive could somehow know which folders/files i want in the cloud only, which folders/files i Always want a copy on my laptop and which folders/files i allow the OS to delete the local copy.
Last time IT reinstalled my laptop, all this setings were lost and my OneDrive dowloaded all my OneDrive data and i had to set again the Files On Demand options (cloud only, Always local, local that can be deleted) on my folders/files.
But my guess is that what i am asking indeed does not exist and you kindly suggest me to post the request for this option on the MS uservoice, which i will do.
Feb 21 2019 08:17 AM
Feb 21 2019 08:34 AM
Hi @Chris Webb this is really not a great idea not to remember the settings on the server side because :
- OneDrive gives 1TB of space which most laptops don't have. Thus, most of us keep most of their data in the cloud only. Having OneDrive trying to re-download everything will fail for users with a lot of data in the cloud since there is not enough space locally.
- On a fresh Windows 10 install, OneDrive will start to download everything locolly again, which can take an extremely long time depending on the data size of the data and the internet link speed. And only when this long download is done, the user will start setting again the syncing options to remove from local storage most of the data that was just dowloaded. At least, by default, on a fresh Windows 10 install, OneDrive should set all data to "cloud only" and let the user decide which ones to redowload and store locally.
- Having to set the syncing options again from scratch is almost impossible for people like me who don't have a simple organisation of data and syncing settings (for example, one top folder and all its content always in the cloud, another top folder and all its contents always locally… etc).
Feb 21 2019 08:57 AM
Feb 21 2019 09:02 AM
Feb 21 2019 09:04 AM
But as i mentionned, i can not remember my particular syncing setting for each folder and file… and even if i could remember it, it would take an incredible long amount of time to set it again… i feel that i do need the server side to remember it for me :)
Anyway, i followed your kind advice and i created a suggestion on uservoice :)
Feb 21 2019 09:06 AM
Feb 21 2019 09:09 AM
I thought about that but i think that most people do sync their OneDrive on one computer only, so i feel it would make sense to have at least the possibility to keep the syncing options on the server side for users who always want the same syncing options after a fresh Windows install. And at the same time, for users who want different syncing options across different devices, to allow them not to enable this option.
Moreover, i read @Chris Webb answers cafrefully, and i am not exactly sure i understood how his proposal allows that. But again, i am absolutely not a native English speaker, and i probably have misunterstood his answers. I will take time tonight at home to read his posts again.
Feb 21 2019 09:11 AM
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Feb 21 2019 09:20 AM