Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in Sync with Intune

This article will explain how to configure OneDrive auto sign-in Sync with Microsoft Intune. By configuring OneDrive for auto sign-in, you can enjoy the convenience of seamless access to your files, automatic synchronization, and enhanced collaboration, ultimately improving your productivity and workflow efficiency.

Data protection is a major challenge that every organization faces. As end-users, they will keep their data mainly on Desktops, Documents, Downloads, etc. So there is a high chance of data loss if the user forgets to save the files, and in case they lose the device, the complete user data goes off.

To avoid such instances, make the user data more secure, and save Microsoft OneDrive in the best solution. When auto sign-in is enabled, OneDrive remembers the user’s credentials and signs them in automatically when they open the OneDrive application or access the OneDrive website.

OneDrive auto sign-in and sync allows users to remain signed in to their OneDrive account across sessions, eliminating the need to sign in each time they access the service manually.

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Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 1
Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 1

Benefits of Configuring OneDrive Auto Sign-in and Sync Options

Configuring OneDrive for auto sign-in offers several benefits, including seamless access to your files, improved collaboration, and automatic synchronization across devices. Here’s how you can configure OneDrive auto sign-in and its benefits:

  • Seamless Access to Files: With auto sign-in enabled, you can seamlessly access your files stored on OneDrive without signing in each time you access the application manually.
  • Automatic Synchronization: Once signed in, OneDrive automatically synchronizes your files and folders across all your devices, ensuring you have access to the latest version of your files everywhere you go.
  • Improved Collaboration: Auto sign-in facilitates better collaboration among team members by providing real-time access to shared files and folders, enhancing productivity and workflow efficiency.
  • Convenience: Users can access their OneDrive files without entering their credentials every time they use the service, saving time and effort.
  • Seamless Integration: Auto sign-in ensures a seamless experience across devices and platforms, as users are automatically signed in regardless of their device.
  • Continuous Synchronization: With auto sign-in enabled, OneDrive can continuously synchronize files and folders in the background, ensuring that users can always access the latest version of their files.
  • Accessibility: Auto sign-in facilitates quick access to OneDrive files from anywhere with an internet connection, enabling users to work efficiently and stay productive.

What is Microsoft OneDrive & It’s Major Features?

Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud storage service provided by Microsoft, allowing users to store and access files and data from anywhere with an internet connection. Here’s an overview of its features and functionalities:

Features of Microsoft OneDriveDetailed Descitption
Cloud StorageOneDrive provides users with a secure and reliable platform to store files, documents, photos, videos, and other types of data in the cloud
File SynchronizationOneDrive synchronizes files across multiple devices, including computers, smartphones, and tablets, ensuring users can access their files from anywhere and on any device.
CollaborationUsers can easily share files and folders with others, allowing for seamless collaboration on documents and projects. OneDrive integrates with Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, enabling real-time co-authoring and editing.
Security and PrivacyOneDrive offers robust security features, including encryption, multi-factor authentication, and advanced threat detection, to protect user data from unauthorized access and cyber threats.
Backup and RecoveryUsers can use OneDrive as a backup solution for important files and folders, ensuring that their data is protected against accidental deletion or device failure.
Integration with Microsoft 365OneDrive is tightly integrated with Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), providing seamless access to files stored in OneDrive from Microsoft 365 applications and vice versa.
Mobile AppsOneDrive offers mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, allowing users to access, upload, and share files on the go.
Personal and Business AccountsOneDrive is available for both personal and business use, with different storage plans and features tailored to individual and organizational needs.
Cross-Platform SupportOneDrive is compatible with various operating systems, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android, ensuring a consistent experience across different devices and platforms.
Version HistoryOneDrive keeps track of version history for files, allowing users to restore previous versions or retrieve deleted files within a specific time frame.
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Create OneDrive Auto Sign-in Sync Configuration Profile in Intune

Here are the steps to create the policy to enable Copilot in the managed Microsoft Edge browser with Intune. Let’s discuss the step-by-step method to create the policy.

  • Sign In to the Microsft Intune Admin Center.
  • Navigate to Devices  Windows > Configuration Profiles.
  • Click on +Create +New Policy.
Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 2
Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 2

We can now create a profile using an existing Windows template. To do that, specify the following details under the Create a profile option.

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  • Platform: Windows 10 and later
  • Profile type: Templates
  • Template name: Administrative templates
Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 3
Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 3

In the Basics option, we can give the policy name as “Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync” and click on Next.

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Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 4

Under the Configuration Settings page, we must select Computer Configuration and click the OneDrive folder.

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Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 5

On the next page, we can see lots of predefined OneDrive settings names. Click on the “Search to filter items“, type “Silently” as a keyword and hit on Search.

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Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 6

On the search list, click on the settings “Silently sign in users to the OneDrive sync app with their Windows credentials” policy, then select on Enabled radio button and click on OK.

Note! This OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync policy’s minimum requirement is only at least Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 OS

Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 7
Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 7

On the next page, Leave the Scope tags Default, or if you want to give any custom scope tags available in the tenant, you can select that as well.

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Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 8

Click on Next and assign the policy to HTMD – Test Computers. In the Included Groups option, click on Add Groups and select the required device group.

Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 9
Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 9

On the Review + Create page, carefully review all the settings you’ve defined for the OneDrive Settings policy. Once you’ve confirmed everything is correct, select the Create option to implement the changes.

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Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 10

Monitor OneDrive Auto Sign-in Sync in Intune

The policy has been deployed to the Microsoft Entra ID groups. Once the device is synced, it will take effect as soon as possible. To monitor the policy deployment status from the Intune Portal, follow the below-mentioned steps.

Navigate to Devices > Windows > Configuration Profiles > Search for the “Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync” policy. Under the Device and user check-in status, you can see the deployment status for the same.

Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 11
Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 11

End User Experience – OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync

Log in to your targeted device, and here I am, trying to test whether the OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync policy is working as expected or not.

For that, I just created a Test text file on my desktop. You can see that when I created it, OneDrive synced the information, which was also reflected in the OneDrive online portal. Since I logged into the HTMD Test Account, you can also see OneDrive auto-signed in with the same account.

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Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in & Sync with Intune. Fig. 12

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Vaishnav K has over 10+ years of experience in SCCM, Device Management, and Automation Solutions. He writes and imparts his knowledge about Microsoft Intune, Azure, PowerShell scripting, and automation. Check out his profile on LinkedIn.

2 thoughts on “Best Guide to Configure OneDrive Auto Sign-in Sync with Intune”

  1. Hi, and if the sign in not work automatically, what i need to check?
    I configure like that:
    Prevent the sync app from generating network traffic until users sign in – Disable
    Allow syncing OneDrive accounts for only specific organizations – Enable
    Coauthor and share in Office desktop apps (user) – Enable
    Prevent users from redirecting their Windows known folders to their PC – Enable
    Prevent users from syncing personal OneDrive accounts (user) – Enable
    Prompt users when they delete multiple OneDrive files on their local computer – Enable
    Silently move Windows known folders to OneDrive (2.0) – Enable
    Silently sign in users to the OneDrive sync app with their Windows credentials – Enable
    Use OneDrive Files On-Demand – Enable

    And I have another policy –
    Oma-URI: ./Device/Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/System/DisableOneDriveFileSync
    Data type: Integer Value: 0

    What i’m missing here?

    Reply
  2. also these settings seems to be available in the settings catalog as well as templates is there a reason doing this from templates would be better?

    Reply

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