Hans Brender

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Hans Brender is a Collaboration Specialist and has been a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Germany for 11 years. Most people around the world know him as Mr. OneDrive. For the last 11 years he has been talking about OneDrive and collaboration around the world at conferences like Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Build and local community events. These days he is networking, mentoring, leads a monthly live show about M365 news and gives workshops to the community, mid-size- and Enterprise companies.

In addition to the social profiles below, you can find Hans at: @hansbrender.bsky.social

Published by Hans Brender

OneDrive GPO: AutoStart After Signing in to Windows

- 6 min read-Hans Brender
The OneDrive group policy "Start OneDrive automatically when signing in to Windows" has been highly anticipated among administrators. Enabling this feature ensures synchronization is consistently active, preventing conflicts with outdated files. This policy, controllable through the registry, streamlines user experience and promotes collaboration.

OneDrive: Start Native Apps From the Browser

- 6 min read-Hans Brender
This article explains the capability to launch native apps directly from the browser using OneDrive or SharePoint Online. Microsoft’s Open in app functionality, which facilitates seamless editing of files stored in the cloud, bridges the gap between browser-based work and legacy applications. Integration with Microsoft Teams enhances productivity, with offline functionality anticipated in future updates.

Fixing Microsoft Authenticator Issues When Transferring to a New iPhone

- 10 min read-Hans Brender
Data transfer between iPhones is generally seamless, but unfortunately, upgrading to a new iPhone sometimes causes Microsoft Authenticator issues during the move. IT consultants should be aware of this when upgrading their employees and clients to a new iPhone. Read this article for a detailed solution.

OneDrive GPO: Set the Sync App Update Ring

- 4 min read-Hans Brender
Explore OneDrive Group Policy's role in managing synchronization app updates through three rings—Insider, Production, and Deferred. This policy, configurable via Group Policy mechanism, impacts update deployment intervals and ensures consistent configurations across devices.

Basics of OneDrive Group Policies

- 14 min read-Hans Brender
Explore the fundamentals of OneDrive Group Policies for small companies. Learn deployment steps, prerequisites, and the intricacies of settings. Navigate through program installations, group policy components, and the Windows registry. Discover the process of activating, testing, and exporting group policies. Ideal for administrators seeking effective OneDrive management without extensive deployment tools.

OneDrive Sharing: Internal and External

- 5 min read-Hans Brender
OneDrive’s sharing capabilities vary depending on several factors, most notably whether you are sharing within or outside an organization. Here, we break down those differences.

Simplified Sharing

- 4 min read-Hans Brender
Now rolling out everywhere, Microsoft has tried to simplify the sharing experience in Windows, OneDrive, SharePoint, etc. The experience used to vary significantly depending on which product you started with, but now is it easier to share folders and files? Generally, yes. But changes to some default settings don't seem to have a GUI.

OneDrive: Delete and Restore

- 10 min read-Hans Brender
OneDrive for Business permits unparalleled flexibility in collaborative editing, but there are a few catches when it comes to deleting and restoring shared files. This article walks through what happens when a file is deleted and details the right way to restore a file with full versioning history.

Excluded File Extensions in OneDrive Personal

- 5 min read-Hans Brender
Microsoft has added the ability for OneDrive Personal users to exclude file extensions from sync, but Office file extensions are excluded. Learn how this works in the latest update of OneDrive Personal.

Accessing the Newest OneDrive Versions

- 7 min read-Hans Brender
Microsoft does not currently push OneDrive insiders ring updates to clients as quickly as would be helpful. This article explains in detail the problem with OneDrive's insider updates and provides some resources for managing your OneDrive version.

Add to OneDrive

- 14 min read-Hans Brender
This article discusses the advantages of using Add to OneDrive (Add shortcut to OneDrive) for synchronizing shared files and folders. If someone shares a folder in OneDrive, SharePoint, or Teams, you can add a shortcut to the shared folder in your OneDrive to find and work with the files. This synchronization method avoids the limitations of the classic sync method: only being able to sync or copy up to 300,000 items, data only syncing on one device, and problematic unlinking. The article also steps through how to move from classic sync to the newer Add to OneDrive sync method.

OneDrive vs. OneDrive for Business

- 14 min read-Hans Brender
Compared to other cloud manufacturers like Box, Dropbox, etc., there is more to OneDrive than just cloud storage. Learn how to improve OneDrive installation, learn key differences between OneDrive - Personal and OneDrive for Business, and learn how to avoid some future difficulties. Plus, read tips for how to get past the 300,000 files limit.

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