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Mapping OneDrive in Logon Scripts

You can use FastTrack to map OneDrive for Business as a drive letter, to avoid forcing users to manually set up the OneDrive client. The user will simply authenticate to Azure AD as part of the logon process and get their cloud storage as a drive letter.

You can also map SharePoint folders as drive mappings. Please refer to this page for more information.

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Mapping OneDrive in a logon script

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Setting up a Logon Script

The first step is to set up a FastTrack Logon Script. This is a simple and quick wizard-based process, where you point to your netlogon folder and you can just click away until you have a fully working logon script, to replace your old one. One of the pages in the configuration is "Drive Mappings", where you map your UNC shares. You can also map cloud storage, such as SharePoint and OneDrive. Click the "Add OneDrive" to add the mapping:

Once you click the button, you will see a pop-up, where you must enter the tenant name from your Azure Active Directory and the drive letter it must map to. That is all you need to do and click OK.

The user experience

When the user logs on, they will see the Office 365 logon screen embedded in the FastTrack GUI, as shown below, before the desktop is served. This is because the drive mapping cannot take place without the user authenticating to your Azure AD first.

If the user clicks "Remember Me", the user will not be asked for credentials again. This logon process happens only once, even if SharePoint folders are also mapped. If the user clicks cancel, there is no drive mapping and the user will be asked again at next logo.

OneDrive Personal vs OneDrive for Business

OneDrive personal is not supported, because this is a totally different technology. While Microsoft has given the two versions of OneDrive the same name, they have nothing more in common than being a cloud-based file storage:
  • OneDrive (personal) is Microsoft's free consumer-based cloud file storage service.
  • OneDrive for Business is an integral part of Office 365 or SharePoint Server and is technically a personal SharePoint folder.
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Rating: 5 out of 5

"Use this as a replacement for VBScript and PowerShell"

"It's easy to include attractive GUI elements in FastTrack scripts, beyond the basic dialog boxes and text input that VBScript offers ... Another powerful feature is the ability to distribute scripts as Windows Installer (.msi) or standard .exe files. Although interesting in its own right, this ability results in a much more intriguing capability: to repackage -- or wrap -- software installers as .msi files without using snapshots. If you've ever created an .msi installer file from before-and-after system snapshots, for use with a software distribution system such as Group Policy or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), then you know how hit-and-miss the results can be."

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Rating: 8 out of 10

"Faster than the rest"

"We found the FastTrack syntax to be more transparent and easier to learn than Microsoft's PowerShell – the editor in particular provided good support in this regard. Scripting mode offers a large number of options from the command set through to simple output of graphical elements, which cannot be achieved at all with PowerShell or other solutions or only with a significantly greater level of effort."

"Anyone wanting to tackle the many hurdles in everyday admin and especially anyone for whom logon scripts and client automation is a priority will benefit from the variety of functions offered by FastTrack."

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