How to sync a local file server with Office 365 / SharePoint Online / OD4B?
"We couldn't sync this library." in SharePoint Online is a typical error message
to receive if you try to sync document libraries to a local drive using the
OneDrive for Business client. This could have many reasons. See below about how
to solve all of it using the Layer2 Cloud Connector.
When you are moving to the Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Online cloud,
there are a lot of reasons to keep your local file system, for example:
- To quickly access files with non
cloud-based applications or legacy systems
- To work offline and with increased performance and without internet
- For integration into local business processes
- For compliance reasons
- As some kind of local backup (or to manage "cloud" backup with common backup
software)s some kind of local backup (or to manage "cloud" backup with common
But you don't have to miss the
benefits of the cloud, like web based search, versioning, change notifications,
workflows, mobile access etc. Setup a hybrid scenario:
You can synchronize selected parts of your local file system or
server share with a SharePoint, Office 365 or OneDrive for Business
document library in the cloud.
This article shows how this works step-by-step with the Layer2 Cloud Connector. The product can close some
gaps and solve many issues that still exists with the Microsoft
Fig. If you try to sync SharePoint
Online document libraries using the OneDrive for Business client you will often
receive an error message like "We couldn't sync this library.". This can have
many reasons. See below about how to solve all of it.
* Depending on configuration and
amount of changes - but no hard 5.000 / 25.000 items limit as out-of-the-box.
Please edit your SharePoint views to still be able to navigate your files:
Remove all sorting, filtering, grouping. Also set to flat view in the
folder section in case you have folders with more than 5.000 files. You can make
use of SharePoint search or managed metadata to find your files without any
restrictions. The "folder" parameter in connection string is not supported above
the list view threshold (as it is implemented as a filter by SharePoint).
** Take a look here
for supported systems and applications.
Now let's setup a sample connection to sync a selected file share directory
one-way to SharePoint Online.