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OneDrive for Business and FSLogix best practices

Introduction

Microsoft OneDrive is one of the most popular products in the Microsoft Office 365 offering. As such, there are lots of customers that want to use OneDrive in their hosted digital workspace. Popular platforms to enable these hosted digital workspaces are Citrix ( XenApp / XenDesktop ), Microsoft RDS, VMware Horizon View, Amazon Workspaces, etc.

Problem

Due to OneDrive’s dependence on a local cache, the full version of OneDrive that synchronizes files from the cloud to the users’ desktops requires a persistent desktop. As with other applications that depend on a cache, OneDrive does not perform well in non-persistent desktop environments because the cache would have to be downloaded each time a user logged in. Placing the cache on a network share is impractical, and can result in extremely poor performance not just as desktops, but also on the network and file server. Plus, since OneDrive can also sync data stored in SharePoint, the impact on usability is even greater.

Microsoft’s only viable option for affected users/desktops is the online experience of OneDrive – meaning that the customer has to use a browser to access their files. This user experience is very different from when the OneDrive for Business is installed locally on physical PCs, laptops, Surface devices, or persistent VDI desktops. Unfortunately that means users either have to download/upload their files each time they use them, or they have to use the browser versions of Office applications, which increases the difference in user experience between persistent and non-persistent platforms.

FSLogix allows customers to offer the same OneDrive for Business experience on their non-persistent digital workspace as they would on their persistent desktops such as physical PCs, laptops or Surface devices – without any compromise in the user experience or OneDrive for Business or SharePoint functionality.

 

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