Exclude Skydrive or Dropbox from roaming profile

Recently a user complained at my desk about his logon times. When logging on to a new pc, he often had to wait 15 minutes before he got his desktop in front of him.

Typically, this means A) a slow network or B) an enormous profile.
In this case, B was the case.

Some investigation pointed out the Dropbox folder to be 14GB (and growing!). To avoid these kinds of problems, it’s best to exclude such directories from roaming to the network by using a group policy.

In the GPO, go to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, User Profiles.

Enable the policy Exclude directories in roaming profile
In the text file, type all folders you want to exclude, separated by a semi-column ( ; )

Like: SkyDrive;Dropbox

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To check whether you have users with a large roaming profile in your environment (and therefor prevent these kind of problems), you’d best use TreeSize or a Powershell script that calculates the disk space (examples:http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2012/05/25/getting-directory-sizes-in-powershell.aspx ) and run it on your profile server.

Excluding specific folders will help you in shortening logon times, reducing network traffic, and reducing storage and backup space requirements

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Howto: Add SkyDrive to Windows Explorer as a network drive

This post will guide you making a mapping to SkyDrive in your Windows Explorer. For example you can have a drive letter S:\, which will show you your SkyDrive documents when you open the drive.

The first thing we have to do, is track down the path to our SkyDrive location. You need Office 2010 for this procedure. If you do not have Office 2010, you can use SkyDrive Simple Viewer . However, because I don’t trust third-party tools, here are the steps to find the path with Word 2010:

  1. Open Word 2010
  2. Click File, click Save & Send, click Save to Web

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  3. Click Sign In to log on to your SkyDrive account.
  4. After you have clicked Sign In, you can enter your credentials; your e-mail address and your password, a new window pops up. Here you can see your documents.
  5. Click in the Address Bar. You now see the complete path to your Skydrive.
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  6. Copy the path and change it in the same way as the example below:
    https://abcdef.docs.live.net/abcdef123456/^.Documents
    becomes:
    \\abcdef.docs.live.net@SSL\abcdef123456\^.Documents
  7. Open Windows Explorer. Right-click My Computer and choose Map Network Drive
  8. Choose a drive letter, paste the folder path that you created in step 6, and select “Reconnect at logon”.
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Done! Some people report that they can only copy Office documents to their SkyDrive Network Drive. You therefor may face errors when you want to copy a ZIP-file for example. The error that occurs is as follows:

The file xyz.zip is too large for the destination file system

This is normal behavior (for now). If you want to copy a zipfile to your SkyDrive space, you should do this through the SkyDrive website, or the automatic sync that’s integrated in Live Mesh 2011

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Save Office 2010 documents directly to SkyDrive

If you have a SkyDrive account, you can save Office 2010 documents directly to SkyDrive. Here are the clicks to accomplish this:

  1. Create or open a document (in this example a Word 2010 document)
  2. Click File, click Save & Send, click Save to Web

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  3. Click Sign In to log on to your SkyDrive account. If you do not have a Live SkyDrive account yet, you can now sign up for a new SkyDrive account
  4. After you have clicked Sign In, you can enter your credentials; your e-mail address and your password, and you will be able to save the document directly to your SkyDrive account.

This procedure also applies to Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010

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