Microsoft MVP, Freek Berson, took to the blogsphere to discuss OneDrive for Business Sync and cache inside RDS & VDI environments. Through his aptly titled article, "Dude, where's my OneDrive for Business Sync in RDS? FSLogix to the rescue!" Freek discusses the available options of what's currently supported to achieve enterprise level functionality.
A brief precursor
Freek outlines the challenges and goes on to state that for "...many years, users have been provided access to a Home Drive, a space where they can store personal data and files. Typically, this was a drive mapping (most of the time mapped as the H: drive) pointing to a share on a file server. With Office 365, users have access to OneDrive for Business. The same space where they can store personal data and files, this time however hosted in the Cloud and accessible on any device at any time. A great solution offering a lot of flexibility to the end user."
Discussion of options
- OneDrive for Business and Roaming Profiles
The good: "A centrally stored profile stored on a file server with the delta of that profile synched with the locally cached copy of the profile."
The bad: "If we would configure OneDrive for Business in such an environment, the OneDrive for Business cache would be synched back ‘n forth for each user at logon and logoff."
The ugly: "Depending on the amount of data, this kills the user experience. Redirecting AppData? Don’t even go there :)"
- OneDrive for Business and User Profile Disk (UPD)
The good: "Any application that writes to and reads from the user’s profile ‘thinks’ its accessing a locally stored profile, but it is in fact a mounted file."
The bad: "The catch here is that Windows won’t send file change notifications. As a result, OneDrive for Business cache won’t know that files have changed and will get out of sync."
- OneDrive for Business drive mapping
The good: "A workaround that simulates a home drive like experience because the end user will be presented with an H: mapping."
The bad: "Since this a WebDAV connection, the experience is not too good. User will start to see delays when opening and saving files."
- Direct access to OneDrive for Business from within applications
The good: User experience is quite good
The bad: Requires a good user adoption strategy. "Users need to be guided into this new way of working with their personal data."
- OneDrive for Business and FSLogix™ Office 365 Container
The good: A very small yet very powerful tool with a small footprint that makes the life of an end user and administrator much easier. 3 main points of this solution:
* True Cached Exchange Mode
Providing what they call OST containerization, allowing Outlook to function and perform as if locally installed on a high performance virtual workspace session
* Outlook Real-Time Search
This enables inbox and personal folder search to work as designed with maximum performance
* OneDrive and OneDrive for Business
This roams OneDrive (for Business) user data seamlessly without the need to resync at each logon.
To learn more about these options for OneDrive, check out Freek's full breakdown and ultimate conclusion that "FSLogix Office 365 Container is clearly the winner providing both the full OneDrive for Business Sync options users expect, without the need for a complex software suite or application back end."