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

SharePoint 2013

Applies to: Office 365, SharePoint Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2015-01-19

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.

In 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 is known as OneDrive for Business hybrid.

With this feature, no matter where they are, users 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.

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.

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.

You'll need a subscription to Office 365, where you'll want to synchronize your users for the best user experience and ease of management.

On the SharePoint Server side, OneDrive for Business hybrid requires Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2013. Additionally, you'll need to set up the User Profile service and My Sites.

To get started setting up OneDrive for Business hybrid in your SharePoint Server 2013 farm, see How to redirect users to Office 365 for OneDrive for Business.

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