OneDrive for Business is, from my perspective, one of the most under-utilized but benefit-rich parts of the Office 365 platform, allowing organizations (especially organizations that subscribe to the E3 or higher SKU) virtually unlimited storage, versioning, and recovery capability for their file-based storage.… [ Continue reading ]
Today, I pressed in a little bit on exploring CSOM–at least as it relates to the OneDrive for Business Admin tool.
One of my peers asked if there was a command that we could use to check to see if a site had been put on a retention hold. … [ Continue reading ]
I had a customer recently raise some questions about how to provide further enhancements and protections around their OneDrive for Business deployments. Suppose this scenario exists:
- Users are site collection administrators over their OneDrive for Business sites (default configuration)
- Retention policies are configured, but may only be configured to provide a very minimal amount of data protection (such as 90 days from creation or last modification of data) due to organizational legal compliance
- No retention policies are in effect for the target data (as all the data we’re concerned with is technically older than 90 day creation or last modified date)
- Malicious or disgruntled user deletes OneDrive data
- Deletes data in OneDrive
- Empties recycle bin
- Empties second stage recycle bin
At this point, for any data older than 90 days, it is lost.… [ Continue reading ]
Today, we’re going to explore two relatively new sharing controls in SharePoint Online (and, by extension, OneDrive for Business). The two options we’re going to look at are located inside the SharePoint Admin Center (https://<tenant>-admin.sharepoint.com) under Sharing:
To test both of these functions out (as well as how other users are affected), I’m going to work with 3 test users and two security groups.… [ Continue reading ]
Yesterday, while working with a customer, I was asked if there is a way to programmatically add OneDrive locations to an existing retention policy. Say, for example, you have a blanket retention policy that covers all of your tenant at a base level (which is what I typically recommend to ensure you at least have either belt or suspenders), but then you have a second set of users that need a longer policy.… [ Continue reading ]
While working through an issue with a customer today, we needed to add some OneDrive sites to a retention policy. No problem! Except for the part where no one has a list of OneDrive sites and the user interface doesn’t let you search or browse for them.… [ Continue reading ]
I was shocked to discover that I hadn’t updated the OneDrive for Business Admin Tool since January. Shocked that I hadn’t had any good ideas for it. Shocked, I tell you.
And then, a requirement presented itself for a tenant-to-tenant migration: how big are all of the OneDrive sites?… [ Continue reading ]
Over the past several months, I’ve slowly been adding features to the OneDrive for Business Admin Tool (you can read about the previous updates and features here, here, and here). Earlier this week, one of my peers asked if I knew of an easy way for a customer to search OneDrive for Business sites and delete all files of a certain type (say, video files).… [ Continue reading ]
Recently, I had a requirement come up to enable the bulk restore of content from a OneDrive for Business site in the event of a cryptoware or ransomware attack. OneDrive has versioning turned on, so I figured this would be an “easy” add. … [ Continue reading ]
Update: I’ve also added some new features, detailed in https://www.undocumented-features.com/2017/10/16/recovering-from-crypto-or-ransomware-attacks-with-the-onedrive-for-business-admin-tool/.
While updating a script I wrote to remove the “Shared with Everyone” folder in OneDrive for business, it dawned on me that there are a number of bulk management tasks for OneDrive that are not easy to do, that we don’t have specific guidance on, or only have little bits of information scattered around the interwebs.… [ Continue reading ]