Learn How to Migrate Home Drive to OneDrive for Business

Ashish Ratan Singh | Modified: May 17, 2017 | Migration, Office 365, OneDrive | 5 Minutes Reading

Microsoft Office 365 has now included a subscription pack for its users having OneDrive for business. It will be easy to migrate home drive to OneDrive for Business. If one stored a file in the home drive on the server, a user can take server and storage cost as added advantage. Even one can store a personal file on the computer and move it to OneDrive so that files gets saved in cloud safely. In this blog, we will discuss how to migrate home drive to OneDrive for Business.

Moreover, Microsoft OneDrive for Business works magnificently for:

  • Saving my documents.
  • Storing documents among few colleagues.
  • Saving Data in the cloud to check security and compliance.
  • Synchronize files in mobile or computer in working remotely or offline work.

Consider a scenario where one needs to migrate home drive to OneDrive for business. One needs the following pre-requisites to perform the task:

  • Paid subscription users for Office 365 E3.
  • Client installation on Windows for Office 365.
  • OneDrive.exe comprising of different features, performance, and reliability.
  • Home Drives in the file server.
  • Home drives and Documents Folder.

Consider Home Drive Data Again

OneDrive for Business has many flaws in the case of file synchronization, which are mentioned below:

  • Characters invalid in the name of files i.e.?, % etc.
  • Particular Character strings in the names of file e.g. COM1.
  • Specific strings present in name of folders.
  • 30 million documents Supported in a single library.
  • File size limited to 10 GB.
  • 256 characters or more in file names or paths.

The above restraints change over time, so it is required to review the latest information timely, on Microsoft’s official website.
But, it is suggested to the analyzing the data and plan the migration. It is just simple as a PowerShell script which scans the file server to check for the above-mentioned issues.

Review Office 365 OneDrive for Business Administrator Settings

OneDrive for Business Administrator Portal allows users to control the settings in case of any other user makes use of it. If one shares the external content to an organization, synchronization is required to join computers with the non-domains present. In addition to it, a user knows how files are used with the mobile devices and DLP policies. Before switching to OneDrive migration, a user needs to check the settings to make sure that whether the security policies are fulfilled or not.


Group Policy Configured

Migrating home drive to OneDrive for business includes Group Policy Template that is available on Microsoft easily. One can make use of the GPO present in OneDrive to set default location of folders.


OneDrive GPO is always at a higher priority rather than the other GPO. OneDrive GPO can is restricted to members of the OneDrive for Business Users for the security group, and is restricted to Apply for the permission. For the previous folders, redirection of GPO for OneDrive Business User groups should even also deny applying for permission.


Note: Once the Authenticated User is removed from the scope of the new policy, he/she needs to switch to Delegation tab. Moreover one should use delegate Read permission for GPO. One can even roll out the OneDrive users by adding them to the security group. End user interaction is also required for the whole process. For many cases, one needs to restrict the direction of the folder. Redirection overwrites existing data in destination location comprising of the same path and name of the file.


OneDrive for Business Synchronization Client configured

GPO is usually applied in the case user signs into the OneDrive. It can auto-synchronizes the data already on the cloud. For environments working without systems or SCCM initiates a program running in the context of a user. A workaround is made to mail the users a link to open://, which triggers OneDrive client to reopen. In case, one wants to send login instructions or the other matter, one needs to drop the mail.


Note: When the user launches OneDrive, they are able to come across one setup process. But, one should keep in mind that the instructions provided are clear or not. One needs to know each and every step of the configuration wizard.


View the Deployment Again

The initial synchronization of files in OneDrive should have a detrimental impact on the performance of the network. One should keep check of the utilized network so that it is not used by many. Users also continue reports of usage in OneDrive.


In MS Office 365 admin area, one needs to figure out utilization of OneDrive. One easily gets OneDrive reports by PowerShell command.


Migration Process Completed

Once contended that the home drives have been imported to OneDrive for Business, a user can perform scan function in file Server to assure whether both drives are empty. Any user that has logged on and has completed the migration can even take backup from the home drive present anywhere and then upload it to OneDrive folder that is present in the cloud. This completes the synchronization process.

Final Words

From the above article, everyone has understood that why one needs to migrate home drive to OneDrive for business. One should read the article thoroughly to understand every bit of it. The users can perform it easily through the PowerShell command.