Mapping OneDrive As Drive Letter

FastTrack can map OneDrive for Business as a drive letter without any user interaction, instead of forcing users to use the Microsoft OneDrive client. Users can then continue to use their personal documents as they were used to before the migration. This also preserves a lot of disk space, as users work directly on the cloud file storage.

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

Mapping OneDrive


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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 shares. Click the "Add OneDrive" to add a OneDrive mapping:

Once you click the button, you will see a pop-up. Here you must enter the tenant name from your Azure Active Directory.

Active Directory Federation Services

If you have correctly set up Single Sign-on (SSO) using Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), the drive mapping will take place seamlessly. The user will not see anything and a few seconds after the Explorer starts, the drive will appear.

Pass-Through Authentication

If you have set up Pass-Through Authentication (PTA), the behavior is the same as with AD FS, when combined with Seamless Single Sign-On. The drive will map seamlessly without any user interaction. This Microsoft page named "Azure AD Connect user sign-in options" is good page to get an overall understanding og Azure sign-in options.

User experience without ADFS or PTA

If you do not have ADFS or PTA set up, the user must logon on to Office 365. When the user logs on, the Office 365 logon screen will appear embedded in the FastTrack GUI. If the user clicks "Remember Me", the user will not be asked for credentials again. If the user clicks cancel, there is no drive mapping and the user will be asked again at next logon.

Windows 7 notice

The WebClient service is required to be started for OneDrive/SharePoint resources to be mapped as a drive letter. On Windows 10, the WebClient will start automatically. On Windows 7, it does not. To make the mapping work on Windows 7, you must set a group policy preference. Locate Computer Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Services and add an entry, as shown below. The service "WebClient" must be set to start automatically.

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: 8 out of 10

"Faster than the rest"

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