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Redirect users to Office 365 with OneDrive for Business: scenario overview

SharePoint 2013

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013, Office 365

Topic Last Modified: 2014-03-28

Summary: See an overview of how to give users access to their documents from anywhere by connecting your on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 environment with OneDrive for Business in Office 365.

When you install Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2013, you can redirect users to OneDrive for Business in Office 365 when they click OneDrive or Sites in the navigation bar. This way, no matter where they are, they can quickly access their documents and any information that they choose to sync from their SharePoint sites. This best-of-both-worlds approach lets you keep your key business information in your own environment while allowing users the flexibility to access their documents from anywhere.

This illustration shows how it works for your users.

What users experience when redirected

In this illustration:

  1. A user signs in to on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 and another user signs in to Office 365.

  2. The users choose OneDrive in the navigation bar.

  3. Depending on the user’s account and audience membership, the user goes to OneDrive for Business in either Office 365 or SharePoint Server 2013.

    • If the on-premises user is part of the audience being redirected, the user goes to OneDrive for Business in Office 365.

    • If the on-premises user is not part of that audience, the user goes to OneDrive for Business in SharePoint Server 2013.

    • The Office 365 user goes to OneDrive for Business in Office 365.

With this feature, you can continue to use your on-premises SharePoint farm while providing your users with an easy way to store, share, and collaborate in the cloud with OneDrive for Business in Office 365.

Your users can:

  • Store personal files they are working on in the cloud, and access these files even when they aren’t signed in to your corporate network.

  • Access these files on devices such as iPhones, Windows Phones, tablets, and so on.

  • Share and collaborate on documents with others in your organization or with external users by using guest links.

As an IT pro, you can:

  • Provide cloud storage for your users.

  • Specify which features to use from Office 365. You can provide the following features in your Office 365 environment:

    • OneDrive for Business

    • The Sites page that lists subsites of users’ personal sites and their followed sites

  • Add storage for your users in the cloud in 25–100 gigabytes (GB) increments, as needed.

  • Continue to provide SharePoint features as usual in your on-premises farm.

Several things have to happen in order to redirect users to OneDrive for Business in Office 365. This illustration shows the steps involved.

Process to set up the redirection
  1. In your on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 environment, install Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2013. This adds settings to the SharePoint Central Administration website to control Office 365 integration features.

  2. Sign up for Office 365.

  3. Decide which of your users to add and license in Office 365. You can start small, with just a pilot group to try it out, or you can add all of your users. Decide whether you want to synchronize users with your on-premises environment and configure Dirsync, Dirsync with Password sync, or Dirsync with federated single sign-on.

  4. Find the My Site URL in Office 365.

  5. Back in your on-premises SharePoint environment, you need to decide which audience to redirect to the Office 365 URL. Create a specific audience if you are doing this for a pilot group and don’t already have an audience for that group. You can also use an audience that is already defined, or you can redirect everyone in your organization.

  6. Configure settings in the Central Administration website.

    • In your on-premises SharePoint environment, specify the URL for your Office 365 tenant.

    • Specify the audience to redirect.

    • (Optional) You can set up a redirect for the Sites page, so that when users choose Sites in their personal site (My Site) navigation bar, it also goes to OneDrive for Business in Office 365.

  7. Verify that the Sites and OneDrive for Business links work as expected.

  8. (Optional) Configure a search vertical so that you can search the content stored in OneDrive for Business. For more information, see Set up Search of OneDrive for Business from SharePoint Server 2013.

  9. (Optional) Customize the Office 365 navigation bar so that it contains the links you want your users to have.

    Turn on the appropriate navigation bar links for the set of SharePoint Online service features that you have purchased. For example, if you have OneDrive for Business with Office Online, then you would only turn on the OneDrive for Business link, and not the Sites or Newsfeed links. OneDrive for Business with Office Online does not include the Sites and Newsfeed features and users would see Access Denied messages if they clicked the links. You can, however, still choose to turn on Yammer as your social network and then turn on the Yammer/Newsfeed navigation link.

After you complete this process, you’ll want to help users move their content from their on-premises SharePoint OneDrive for Business to their new Office 365 OneDrive for Business. There are several ways to move content. For more information, see the Move SharePoint Server 2013 OneDrive for Business files to Office 365 article on Office.com.

The article How to redirect users to Office 365 with OneDrive for Business contains the information and procedures you’ll need to configure SharePoint Server and Office 365 to redirect users.

The following features are also part of this release of SharePoint Server and Office 365.


Feature Description

Yammer instead of Newsfeed in Office 365 navigation

Yammer is one of two enterprise social networking services available in Office 365. You can choose whether to use the SharePoint social features or Yammer.

If you want to use Yammer, switch the Enterprise Social Collaboration setting in the SharePoint admin center to Yammer.com. This replaces the SharePoint Newsfeed link on the Office 365 navigation bar with a link to Yammer.

For background information, see Plan for Yammer integration with Office 365. For specific steps, see Make Yammer your default social network in Office 365.

Yammer in SharePoint on-premises navigation

When you are running Service Pack 1, you can choose whether to show the SharePoint Newsfeed link or Yammer on the top navigation bar with a simple toggle switch.

If you want to use Yammer, select Activate Yammer in Central Administration. This replaces the Newsfeed link on the top navigation bar with a link to Yammer. For specific steps, see Add Yammer to the navigation bar for SharePoint 2013.

This toggle switch affects only the navigation bar. You can also replace the other elements of the SharePoint social features with Yammer. For more information about that larger process, see Integrate Yammer with on-premises SharePoint 2013 environments.

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