Fig.: Local copy of Box files to sync with SharePoint, Office 365 or OneDrive 4B using the Layer2 Cloud Connector
When you are moving to the Microsoft Office 365 or SharePoint Online cloud from Box, there could be reasons to keep your BOX file share synchronized, e.g. for a transition period or for a general hybrid approach, to take the best from both worlds.
While you cannot sync Box files directly with SharePoint, Office 365 and OneDrive for Business, you can sync with your local synced file copy managed by BOX as an intermediate storage. You can use the Layer2 Cloud Connector and the Layer2 Data Provider for File System to sync.
- Can be used with any version or plan of SharePoint (on-premises, externally hosted or cloud-based), Office 365, OneDrive for Business (not SP 2007).
- Centrally managed server-to-server tool - no Office client.
- Very flexible sync options like support of local directories, file shares, target library subdirectories, additional no-insert / no-update / no-delete options. Uni- or bi-directional sync. Sync files or just metadata.
- There is no hard limit for the amount of files (e.g. 5.000 / 20.000 list view threshold with OOB). But take care about bandwidth limitations, especially for first sync. Only changes are synchronized later on.
- SharePoint file name issues solved (requires V5.2 or higher). Special characters are replaced by default.
- SharePoint path length issues solved (requires V5.2 or higher). Path is shortened if required.
- SharePoint file type issues solved (requires V5.2 or higher). Forbidden types are zipped automatically.
- SharePoint empty file issues solved (requires 5.2 or higher).
- Flexible column mapping, e.g. for mapping of file meta data to custom SharePoint list columns.
- SharePoint view support during sync to sync several sources into one library.
- SQL support for file system queries (planned for next releases). You can e.g. sync specific date ranges ("new files") or specific file types only.
- Several different options to solve replication conflicts. General error management.
- Flexible authentication options, e.g. with specific Windows accounts or Windows integrated, Office 365, Active Directory Federated (ADFS).
- Advanced logging options via NLOG (e.g.file, SQL, Windows etc.) with error notifications. Log levels.
- File synchronization is just one option. It can sync data also SharePoint to SharePoint or with almost any other system or application, e.g. databases.
- Cost effective licensing per installation: No user client access licenses (CALs) required.
The Layer2 Cloud Connector must be configured as follows to access a local or network file share:
Fig.: Sample connection configuration to connect to a local directory C:\users\myUser\Documents\My Box Files\ for synchronization to SharePoint, Office 365 or OneDrive 4B.