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"We couldn't sync this library." in SharePoint Online is a typical error message to receive if you try to sync document libraries with a local drive using the free Microsoft OneDrive for
Generally, when you are moving to the Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Online cloud, there are a lot of reasons to keep your local file system, for example:
But you don't have to miss the benefits of the cloud, like web-based search, versioning, change notifications, workflows, mobile access etc. Best to set up a hybrid scenario in this case. You can centrally synchronize pre-selected parts of your local file system, and even file server Shares, network drives or NAS directories with a SharePoint Online, Office 365 or OneDrive for Business document library in the cloud.
Let's have a look how you can setup this step-by-step using the Layer2 Cloud Connector to overcome the limitations of the free Microsoft OneDrive for Business Client.
Assuming you have a file system, mapped network drive like this with some files and folders:
Fig. File System to synchronize with the Microsoft Office 365 Cloud - also works for local folders.
You first have to setup the connection definition in the Cloud Connector, for example "FileSystem to Cloud":
Fig. Connection definition for Filesystem to cloud replication, unidirectional in this example.
As a next step you have to setup the data source of the newly created connection as follows.
Fig. Example file system data source configured for replication to Office 365.
Now you can create a SharePoint library in the clound, e.g. "FileSystem" in this sample. As a next step you have to setup the data destination of the newly created connection as follows.
Fig. Example data source to replicate a part of a file system to Office 365
To map the file system files and metadata to your SharePoint library you can simply use the "Auto-Mapping" feature or map the fields manually - as shown below.
Fig. Field mapping example to sync file system meta data to a SharePoint library.
When all connection settings are done and verified successfully, go back to the configuration settings and run the connection first time. After all files are tranferred, you can benefit from your local data replicated to the Cloud.
Fig. Example of SharePoint library with file system content replicated.
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