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When you first sync a library with SkyDrive Pro, whether it's your SkyDrive Pro library or another SharePoint library, you might not notice that the SkyDrive Pro Wizard provides an option to change the location where you store synced libraries on your computer.
And that's OK. Remember that you can always find your synced libraries listed in your Windows favorites. Your SkyDrive Pro library appears in a SkyDrive Pro folder, for example:
Other synced SharePoint libraries appear in a SharePoint folder, in subfolders that adopt the name of the library you synced:
Thus, in general, you shouldn't have to worry about remembering where your synced folders live in your file system.
You may be wondering: what's the significance of the "default sync folder"? Mainly, that it's binding: Once you sync your first library, all subsequent libraries must be synced in the same path. In the example above, the SkyDrive Pro library will get synced to c:\users\joelev\SkyDrive @ Contoso, unless I use the Change option to select a different "root" path before I click Sync.
If I accept the default when I sync this library, and subsequently sync another library, I no longer see an option to change the "root" path. The library can only get synced to c:\users\joelev\SharePoint\<libraryname>.
So suppose you've synced one or more libraries but you wish you'd selected a different "root" sync folder for one reason or another. Everyone has their own work style. Maybe you'd prefer to create a specific folder for this purpose, named something like "My Synced Documents". You can still do this, though it is a bit of a "start over" exercise. In order to make that Change option reappear in the SkyDrive Pro wizard, you must first stop syncing all folders with SharePoint libraries.
To stop syncing all folders with SharePoint libraries, open the SkyDrive Pro menu in the Windows notification area, and pick Stop syncing a folder... You'll see a list of all folders you're currently syncing with SharePoint libraries. Select each one until you're no longer syncing anything. The folders will remain on your system after you stop syncing them.
Now, when you start up the SkyDrive Pro wizard, you should once again see the "Change" option. And yes, you'll need to visit all the libraries you were previously syncing, and sync them all again as if for the first time.
One important warning about changing the default sync folder: If you're also syncing files using SkyDrive for Windows (the consumer version of SkyDrive), don't use the same "root" folder to sync SharePoint libraries with SkyDrive Pro. The default root folder with SkyDrive for Windows is c:\users\<username>\skydrive.
Thanks, this is quite helpful!
However - how would you set the default root folder to a mapped network folder like H:\home$\username? We mainly work in a Terminal Server environment with roaming profiles and we all have our home folder (My Documents) redirected to a network share. On a terminal server if you select the C:\users\username as the default root folder the terminal server will run out of drive space and it also will result in a bloated roaming profile resulting in length logon times. I tried unsuccessfully to point to the network share via the Change option. Any help or workaround will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks. This really helped us. But we face some issue on the sky drive web. When i upload one file to the 'Shared with Everyone' folder, no one in the organization except me is able to see the document. I wonder why. My colleagues also tried the same. Each person can view the document which he/she uploaded but no other files. it makes the whole team confuse..I hope you understood the problem.
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