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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.

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Updates made to files on map points using any File Director client are synchronized with OneDrive and the changes are evident when accessed using OneDrive for Business clients. However, changes made to files on File Director Map Points using OneDrive for Business clients are not synchronized with File Director desktop and mobile clients.


  • 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.

    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:

Step 1 - Configure Azure AD

Log in to Azure AD

  1. Log into Office 365 as an Administrator.
  2. Select Admin.

  3. In the Admin center, click Admin Centers > Azure AD.

    The Azure Portal displays - ensure you are using the Azure Classic Portal.

Add a File Director application to Azure AD

  1. Select your Azure directory.

  2. In your directory, select Applications and the click Add.

  3. Select Add an application my organization is developing.

  4. Enter a name for your application and select WEB APPLICATION AND/OR WEB API.

  5. Enter valid Sign-on and APP ID URLs:
    • The Sign-on URL is that of your appliance
    • The APP ID URL must be unique - typically the appliance URL and an ID.

    Your appliance is added as an application in Azure AD.

Configure permissions for the appliance

  1. For the added application, select Configure.

  2. Copy the Client ID to a text file editor and reserve if for later use.

  3. Click Add Application.

  4. Select Office 365 SharePoint Online.

    This gives your appliance application in Azure, permission to access the user's files on OneDrive.

  5. Select all permissions for the Office 365 SharePoint Online application (OneDrive for Business).

  6. Click Save.

Step 2 - Generate a manifest for Azure AD

This uses public key infrastructure to generate a self-signed certificate in the server and upload the public key to Azure as part of a manifest.

  1. In the File Director web admin console, select Configure > Directory Services.
  2. Enter the Client ID for the app - you copied this from Azure AD earlier.
  3. Enter the Tenant Name - this can also be copied from Azure AD.
  4. Select an expiry option - 1 or 2 years.
  5. Click Generate.

    The data required for the manifest is generated.

  6. Click Copy and paste the data in a text editor for

The copied data is used in the Azure AD manifest.

Step 3 - Edit the manifest and upload to Azure AD

  1. In Azure AD, for your File Director appliance app, click Manage Manifest > Download Manifest.

  2. Open the downloaded manifest in a text editor.
  3. Locate the keyCredentials class and paste the data, copied from the File Director appliance, in the square brackets.

  4. Save the manifest.
  5. Upload the saved manifest.

  6. Azure will indicate a successful upload.

Step 4 - Update the Home map point source

Select OneDrive as the Home Map Point Source. The OneDrive tenant name is automatically populated from the information you entered for the manifest.

Although OneDrive is selected as the Home Map Point Source, you still need to configure the active directory setting. The local Active Directory is used for authentication but must be in sync with Azure AD. For further information, see Configure the Active Directory connection.

When users access their Home folder, they are now using their OneDrive storage - there is no impact on their File Director user experience.

OneDrive now displays 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 contains creation times, modified times, and other metadata.

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