Friday, 14 February 2020

Provisioning OneDrive for new users.

Although you can create a student account in Office 365 and allocate OneDrive as a resource, behind the scenes the storage location is not actually assigned to the user account.

This normally occurs the first time the users tries to access or browse to their OneDrive which sometimes causes a noticeable delay before the site opens. For one off accounts this not too much of an issue but for a class groups in the first day of term it's not something you want to be dealing with.


In this situation it's a good idea to pre-provisioned OneDrive to improve the user experience and reduce the number of hands in the air.

First create a list of student accounts and save it as a file. For example a text file named users.txt that contains:

student1@myschool.net
student2@myschool.net
student3@myschool.net

Next run the PowerShell command Request-SPOPersonalSite  referencing the file you created.

$users = Get-Content -path "C:\users.txt" Request-SPOPersonalSite -UserEmails $users

That will kick off a background task to create the site for all accounts. If you are pre-provisioning OneDrive for a whole year group it might take up to 24 hours for the OneDrive locations to be created, so be patient or plan ahead,

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