How to sync a local file server with Office 365, SharePoint Online or OneDrive FOR BUsiness?
"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 free Microsoft OneDrive for Business client. This could have many reasons. See below about how to solve many of it using the Layer2 Cloud Connector.
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."
Generally, 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 connectivity
- For integration into local business processes
- For compliance reasons (in many cases you simply have to own your files locally)
- As some kind of local backup (or to manage "cloud" backup with common backup software)
But you don't have to miss the benefits of the cloud, like web-based search, versioning, change notifications, workflows, mobile access etc. Best to set up a hybrid scenario in this case. You can centrally synchronize pre-selected parts of your local file system, and even file server shares or NAS directories with a SharePoint Online, Office 365 or OneDrive for Business document library in the cloud.
Let's have a look how you can setup this step-by-step using the Layer2 Cloud Connector to overcome the limitations of the free Microsoft OneDrive for Business Client.