Syncing OneDrive for Business files for SharePoint libraries on-premises and in Office 365 requires installing both versions of OneDrive for Business sync clients (onedrive.exe and groove.exe). This is a complex task. Instead of spending time trying to figure it out, is there an easier alternative?

The hybrid revolution

Businesses are, more and more, investing in hybrid IT infrastructures. This provides many benefits, including improved efficiency and flexibility. This translates to better business continuity, increased opportunity for innovation, scalability, faster speed to market, and improved security.

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However, if you use Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business you may be experiencing certain ‘bumps in the road’ as you work between your on-premises and cloud environments. These issues are likely down to syncing between SharePoint on-premises and Office 365. If this sounds familiar you probably also know that instead of the above benefits of hybrid IT, you may be experiencing significant barriers to productivity and wasted investment in your IT environment.

The problem with syncing OneDrive for Business

When it comes to syncing OneDrive for Business, there is an online vs on-premises divide at play. What we mean is that when you try to sync between OneDrive for Business with your on-premises SharePoint libraries and OneDrive for Business in Office 365 you will run into multiple issues – conflicted documents, for example – which mean, effectively, that the syncing – and ultimately your hybrid ambitions – are impossible or very hard to achieve.

The main problem here is that OneDrive for Business operates two different sync clients that work separately for specific environments.

To understand which sync client you are using, you can read Microsoft’s guide on their website. But having to do this at all is not ideal. In fact, the level of tedium and complexity when it comes to something as fundamental as syncing OneDrive for Business files is kind of hard to believe. And that there are still fundamental sync issues with OneDrive for Business when we live in a time of instant access and ‘always-on’ network connectivity is rather remarkable.

What Microsoft expect you to do to get back to the baseline of functionality is to install both versions of OneDrive for Business’s sync clients: the one that saves files as onedrive.exe and the one that uses groove.exe. You can get a breakdown of how to do that here. But this is a complex task and one we simply don’t think you should have to embark on.

Digilink makes file synchronisation easier

At Digilink, we have built a solution to solve these issues with file synchronisation between OneDrive for Business and SharePoint, both online and on-premises. Our client, easier365, is built with usability and pragmatism at its core. We know how important access to your files can be, for you and your team, and that these files exist in different places (on-premises and online) and are edited and worked on by multiple people.

We also firmly believe issues to do with file collaboration should seldom occur and if they do, they should be easy to fix. You simply should not need to install both versions of OneDrive for Business sync clients (i.e. onedrive.exe and groove.exe). Microsoft’s approach is clearly confusing, frustrating and time-consuming – time your employees could be spending on tasks of far higher value.

Our solution deploys a simple user interface that enables access to all your file synchronisation needs. Integrated with SharePoint, easier365 is built with all features that your employees are familiar and comfortable with. They can easily see views and metadata without having to worry or deal with OneDrive for Business sync issues.

easier365 provides greater flexibility and a level of dexterity that can’t be matched by OneDrive for Business.

For example, you can select the individual files you want to sync in whichever SharePoint instance you’re working in without having to sync every file in the folder. Also, there are no limits regarding file sizes in our solution, meaning OneDrive for Business actually fits around how you and your teams work.

Unite the divide right now

Perhaps most importantly, you can work with SharePoint 2007 and 2010 on-premises, the same way you would with SharePoint 2013, 2016 and Office 365, without having to worry about different OneDrive for Business sync clients. That means you get all the hybrid benefits without those nasty OneDrive for Business surprises.

At Digilink, we believe that file synchronisation shouldn’t be so confusing or require technical know-how – it should just work. If you have a hybrid IT environment, are frustrated by your current file sync capabilities or just need an alternative to OneDrive for Business, choose easier365.


To find out more about SharePoint, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business file synchronisation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Digilink today. You can also download a one-month trial of easier365 for free here.

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