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How to redirect users to Office 365 with OneDrive for Business

SharePoint 2013
 

Applies to: Office 365, SharePoint Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2015-01-21

Summary: Perform the steps to connect your on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 environment with OneDrive for Business in Office 365.

You can redirect users to OneDrive for Business in Office 365 when they click OneDrive or Sites on the navigation bar. In this article are the steps you need to configure your on-premises environment to connect with OneDrive for Business in Office 365. You can find an overview of the process in Redirect users to Office 365 with OneDrive for Business: scenario overview.

To set up OneDrive for Business redirection to Office 365, make sure the following before you begin:

While not required, we highly recommend an identity management solution between your on-premises Active Directory directory services and Office 365. This can be Directory Sync with Password Synchronization or Directory Sync and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).

Optionally, you can configure OneDrive for Business links for a specific audience in SharePoint Server. If you want to do this, you should configure that audience before beginning the procedures below.

To use OneDrive for Business in Office 365, your users must have Create Personal Site and Follow People and Edit Profile permissions. Both are controlled by the user permissions in the User Profile service application.

To set user permissions
  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure is a member of the Farm Administrators group.

  2. In your on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 environment, go to Central Administration > Manage Service Applications.

  3. Click the User Profile Service Application.

  4. On the Manage Profile Service page, under People, click Manage User Permissions.

  5. In the Permissions for User Profile Service Application dialog box, click All Authenticated Users (or a specific audience that you intend to use as a pilot group of users).

  6. Verify that the Create Personal Site and Follow People and Edit Profile permission check boxes are selected as shown in the following screen shot.

    Screen shot of permissions needed

When you configure the OneDrive for Business link, you need to know the URLs for your My Sites site collection in SharePoint Server 2013 and in SharePoint Online.

To find the My Sites URL in Office 365, on the Admin menu, click SharePoint. In the Site Collections list, look for the site collection that contains <domain>-my.sharepoint.com.

URL list in Office 365

If you want to redirect only a specific set of your users from your on-premises environment to OneDrive for Business in Office 365, you need to use an audience to identify that set of users. If you have an audience set up already that contains just those users, you can use that. Otherwise, you need to create an audience in SharePoint 2013. See Create an audience for SharePoint 2013 for information about how to create an audience for SharePoint. You can also use Windows PowerShell cmdlets to create an audience.

If you want all users to be redirected to Office 365 for OneDrive for Business, select Everyone instead of using a specific audience when you configure the settings.

For specific steps to create an audience, see Create an audience for SharePoint 2013.

Now you can configure the settings in Central Administration to set up the redirection to Office 365.

To configure OneDrive for Business redirection
  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure is a member of the Farm Administrators group.

  2. On the Central Administration website, choose Office 365 > Configure OneDrive and Sites links.

  3. On the Configure OneDrive and Sites links page, in the My Site URL box, type the My Site URL that you got from Office 365 portal administration.

  4. Specify an audience. Choose Everyone if you want all users to be redirected. Or choose Use a specific audience and type the audience name for the audience that contains your Office 365 users.

  5. If you also want to redirect the Sites page in users’ personal sites, select the Redirect the Sites page check box.

  6. Choose OK.

It can take up to a minute for the changes to be updated in the User Profile service application for your on-premises farm. Because the link may be stored in the user’s browser cache, we recommend you wait 24 hours and then verify the links are working.

To check that the links are working as expected, have one of the users in the audience that is using the Office 365 option for OneDrive for Business sign in to your on-premises environment. From the user's personal site, have the user choose OneDrive on the navigation bar.

OneDrive in the Office 365 navigation

If you chose to also redirect the Sites tab, have the user choose the Sites link on the navigation bar, too.

If the user is redirected to Office 365 for these links, everything is working as expected.

If users want to browse to their OneDrive for Business directory directly, they can go to https://<yourtenant name>.onedrive.com in the browser. For example, https://contoso.onedrive.com will take users of Contoso tenancy to their OneDrive for Business document library. This is a simple way to bookmark the link for users of OneDrive for Business. Note that rich clients might not recognize this short URL.

You can set up a search vertical so that you can search content stored in OneDrive for Business. The specific steps to set up the search vertical are in the article Set up Search of OneDrive for Business in Office 365 from SharePoint Server 2013.

Now that your users are set up to be redirected to Office 365, you can customize what they see on the navigation bar there. By default, the navigation bar contains the following links: OneDrive, Yammer or Newsfeed, and Sites. If you intend for your users to use only OneDrive for Business, you can remove the other links. If you want to allow your users to interact with Yammer or the SharePoint Newsfeed features or to create team sites in Office 365, you can leave those links on the navigation bar.

NoteNote:
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 turn on only 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.
To customize the navigation bar
  1. Log on to Office 365 with a tenant administrator account.

  2. On the Admin tab, choose SharePoint.

  3. Choose Settings on the left.

  4. In the Top Navigation Bar User Experience section, specify the links to show or hide on the navigation bar.

  5. Choose OK to save the settings and update the navigation bar.

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