OneDrive Admin Centre Gives IT Administrators More Control Over End-User Cloud Storage

Microsoft has added a host of new features for OneDrive for Business, its cloud storage service for organisations. This includes a OneDrive admin centre that lets IT administrators dictate how end-users access files in the cloud storage platform.

OneDrive admin centre lets IT administrators easily configure policies for sharing, file syncing and device management for end-users. A lot of these settings were already available but the OneDrive admin centre puts them all in one location.

Here are the different sections that are accessible through the admin centre:

  • Home: Admin center dashboard. It will show recent Office 365 Message Center posts and usage reporting related to OneDrive.
  • Sharing: Admins can dictate how and with whom your users are sharing information. Includes controlling the use of external sharing and anonymous links, as well as limiting which external domains users can share with.

  • Sync: Admins can block syncing of specific file types and deny syncing to non-domain joined PCs.
  • Storage: Admins can set default storage limits and document retention durations.
  • Device access: Admins can determine how users can access their files. Includes allow/deny access from personal devices or specific networks as well as rich Mobile Application Management Intune policies for iOS and Android.
  • Compliance: Offers quick links to the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center for key scenarios like auditing, data loss prevention, retention and eDiscovery.
  • Notification: Ability to turn on/off various notifications for an admin's company tenant account.

There are also new features OneDrive for Business for end-users. Check out the video above for the details.

[Microsoft Office Blog]


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