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How to Set Up OneDrive With Automatic Sync?

Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud storage that allows users to store personal files and folders in the cloud. Files can be synced to a PC and accessed from a web browser or a mobile device as well as shared those data with the public or with specific people.

With OneDrive, you can easily view and access your files on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. To do this, simply download the OneDrive app for your platform.

  1. After you download OneDrive desktop app on Windows Server, sign in with your Microsoft account, and open the OneDrive folder from the app.
  2. OneDrive folder has a two-way sync feature. With it, you can sync files and folders to OneDrive cloud storage account easily. When you delete files from OneDrive folder, also, they are also deleted from cloud storage account.
  3. To get started, just drag and drop any file into this folder. When it’s done, the blue icon will turn into a green check mark. Files that have been successfully synced to the cloud can be accessed very easily on any other device where you have OneDrive installed.


Note: The OneDrive desktop app is available on Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 (including R2), and Windows Server 2008 R2. If your system is not supported, please turn to OneDrive web browsers.


Setup Automatic OneDrive Sync with Properties feature

Although it is easy to drag files to the OneDrive folder, it is still a lot of trouble to manually put files as data changes quite frequently. If you use OneDrive for Business sync, it is even more troublesome as data changes more frequently. So, is there any way to setup OneDrive to automatically sync servers 2012, 2016, 2019, and 2022?

If you set your ‘Documents’ folder location on your PC to be your OneDrive location, everything saved in this folder will be synchronized with the cloud. Here’s how to run a Windows Server backup to OneDrive:

  • Right-click on the documents folder in the file explorer, and choose Properties.
  • In the Properties window, choose the location tab, and then choose move.
  • Double click on OneDrive, select the documents folder inside, and choose select folder when it’s highlighted.
  • Once done, click OK.


Now all the files in the ‘Documents’ folder will be saved on OneDrive, so you never have to worry about losing your documents.