OneDrive connector for home map points
Configure Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and the File Director admin console to use OneDrive accounts as the storage location for user's home map points. File Director can then utilize the 1TB of storage, included free of charge, with each Office 365 for Business license. Once configured, users can update files on map points using File Director and OneDrive clients. All changes are synchronized with the File Director server so the files are up-to-date, regardless of the client used to edit or view them.
You can use multiple application IDs when connecting to the SharePoint Online API, so each node in a cluster can have its own application ID, which improves the efficiency of the connector.
- Your perimeter firewall must allow communication to <instancename>-my.sharepoint.com on port 443 and Microsoft supplied URLs detailed in this article.
- You are an Office 365 administrator.
- Your public domain is associated with your Azure AD instance.
Password replication is set up on your local AD.
Note that Federated AD access is not supported - the local username UPN must match the one used to sign into Azure.
- Users have an Office 365 license assigned to them from the Office 365 Admin Center.
Users have OneDrive storage provisioned.
For further information about how to pre-provision OneDrive for Business for your users, see: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn800987.aspx.
For further reading about integrating applications with Azure AD, see the Microsoft documentation.
Microsoft have published a list of invalid file names and file types for OneDrive. It is available here.
Step 1 - Create your Azure AD application and grant permission to access OneDrive storage
- Login to Azure AD Admin Center as Office 365 Administrator.
In the sidebar menu click All Services > App Registrations.
An application ID is generated and displayed.
You will need to record the application ID as it is required for the next stage in the setup.
Configure permissions for the appliance
This determines what the application is allowed to do and what it can access.
1.Click API Permissions > Add Permission.
3.Click Office 365 SharePoint Online > Application Permissions.
5.Having added the permissions, you need to provide Administrator consent for them.
In the Grant Consent section, click the button Grant admin consent for...
In the confirmation dialog displayed, click Yes.
This action permits access to OneDrive storage for your named application.
Step 2 - Configuring File Director
The next step is to go to the File Director console to generate a certificate that can be used to authenticate with OneDrive. Authentication uses public key infrastructure to generate a self-signed certificate in the server and uploads the public key to Azure.
- In the File Director Web Admin console, select Configuration > Cloud Connectors.
- Enter the Tenant Name - this is the domain name you copied from Azure AD in Step 1 - Configure Azure AD.
- Click Add Application ID to display the Add Application ID dialog.
- Enter the Application ID for the app - this is the app Id you copied from Azure AD and click OK.
A new App must be created in Azure for each Application ID you want to use.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all app Ids have been added.
- Select an Expiry period; 1 or 2 years.
- Click Generate.
The data you need to add to the manifest is generated.
- Copy the contents of the "value" section in your manifest to a new file and assign it a .cer extension.
In the example manifest below, the content of the "value"section is highlighted:
From the example manifest you would create a .cer file withe the following content:
Your cloud connector for OneDrive is complete. You can now create a OneDrive home map point and then assign an access policy for users as required. See Map Point Configuration.
When configured, users access their Home folder, and will save to their OneDrive storage - there is no impact on their File Director user experience.
OneDrive will display files that have been saved to the user's File Director home map point. A folder named _filedirector_ is also created in the root of user's OneDrive storage. This folder stores creation times, modified times, and other metadata.
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