One Drive Admin Center Preview

 Office 365, OneDrive for Business
Dec 23 2016

OneDrive for Business Admin Center is the most awaited control that was requested by many users for a long time. The wait is over! You can access the OneDrive for Business Admin Center preview from https://admin.onedrive.com .

The new Admin center preview will help admins to control and manage users OneDrive of Business easily from a central location. Earlier it was difficult to manage users OneDrive because it can be controlled via PowerShell. Now new Admin center has made this job easier because it supports tenant level control for Sharing, Storage, Sync, Device access and Compliance management.

Sharing

External sharing is very sensitive in OneDrive and Admins need to manage this according to their business policies. The following controls are available at tenant level.
  • Users default sharing Option
  • Default sharing link
  • Retention period of anonymous Link access
  • Limiting External sharing by domain, limiting further external sharing documents to others.

1. Sharing and Sharing Link Setting

You can control sharing and sharing link for all OneDrive for Business users as highlighted in below screenshot.

2. Limit External Sharing by Domain and External User Sharing

Follow the numerical points as in below screenshot to Allow or Block external sharing by domain.

Sync

Sync files to OneDrive for Business can be limited and controlled using following settings.
  • Install Sync client from the OneDrive website
  • Allow syncing only on PC Jointed to specific domains,
  • Blocking syncing of Specific file types.

1. Allow syncing only on PC Jointed to specific domains

Using this option, you can allow OneDrive to sync files to PC that are joined to specific domains.

2. Blocking syncing of Specific file types

Admin can block unwanted file types from syncing to OneDrive as highlighted in below screenshot.

Storage

From here you can set default OneDrive storage size for all OneDrive users and also you can set file retention period for after deleting file from OneDrive

Device Access

From here you can able to control OneDrive for Business PC and Mobile client access based on network location.
  • Control Access based on Network Location
  • Allow/Block modern authentication
  • Intune policies for iOS and Android

1. Control Access based on Network Location

Using this feature you can control selective range of IP address from where the client is accessible.

2. Intune Policy Setting

Using this feature you can control access like block download file ,take screenshot ,copy file, print file, etc.. from SharePoint and OneDrive mobile apps but if you created other policy in Intune. If there are other policies created in Intune, those will take precedence.

Compliance

You can manage Compliance Center key features such as Auditing, Data Loss Prevention, Retention, and eDiscovery. But if you click any link it will redirected into Office 365 Security and Compliance Center to manage this.
Now OneDrive Admin center is in preview some of the new features will be rolled out in early 2017. As of now, the following will be available in next update
  1. OneDrive for Business Admin Center Home page - Office 365 Message Center posts and usage reporting related to OneDrive for Business.
  2. OneDrive for Business Admin Center accessible from Office 365 Admin center.