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James Madison University is adding OneDrive for Business as part of Office 365 during the week of August 4​th, 2014. This service is managed by JMU Information Technology and is available to you as an active student​ as ​part of your Dukes account. (http://dukes.jmu.edu) JMU Dukes OneDrive for Business provides file storage, collaboration, and communication with other JMU students and faculty. You can fill your OneDrive with documents, photos, and share them with family and friends. And you can access them anytime, anywhere and from any device!

The OneDrive for Business service ​is not the same as the OneDrive service offered by Microsoft to individuals. The OneDrive for Business is managed by JMU Information Technology. For information on the differences, see How is OneDrive for Business different from OneDrive? on the Microsoft Office Web site.​​​

OneDrive for Business Frequently Asked Questions

JMU OneDrive for Business summary of features

Store and share files​​​​​​

  • ​Store up to 1 TB of data in the cloud
  • 2 GB maximum file size
  • Share files and sites with JMU Students and Faculty as well as external users using any email account

Access and synchronize files easily

  • Access files using Web browsers or mobile devices
  • Access files directly from Microsoft Office desktop applications
  • Synchronize your local files with files in JMU Dukes OneDrive for Business document libraries (with appropriate client software installed)

Create and edit Microsoft Office files in the cloud with Office Web Apps

  • Word
  • Excel​​​​
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote

Create SharePoint sites

  • Create SharePoint sites and document libraries accessible by other JMU Students and Faculty users.
  • OneDrive for Business is built using Microsoft SharePoint technology, and you might see references to SharePoint while using it.​

OneDrive for Business Applications (Client Software)

The OneDrive for Business applications are:

  • OneDrive for Business app for Windows 8 and mobile devices
  • OneDrive for Business sync client for Windows 7​

With OneDrive for Business applications, you can:

  • Synchronize your local files with files in OneDrive for Business.​
  • Access your OneDrive for Business files from your desktop.
  • Access Microsoft Office files stored on OneDrive for Business directly from local Office applications.

The following table summarizes support for the OneDrive for Business applications on several platforms.

Operating System
​Get Software
​Windows 8 and
Windows 8 RT (Surface)
One​​Drive for Business App
Instructions from Microsoft​

From Windows Store
​ Windows 7
​ OneDrive for Business sync client
Instructions from Microsoft
From Microsoft Download Center
​Mac OSX
​No Sync client for Mac OS X, but you can access OneDrive for Business on Mac through Office 2011, 2008 (Mac)

Apple iOS 6.0 and higher (iPhone, iPad, iTouch)​ ​OneDrive for Business Pro App
Instructions from Microsoft
From Apple App Store
​OneDrive for Business support is built into the Office Mobile for Android Phones App
From Google Play


​Synchronizing Files

Synchronization (or sync) allows you to designate one or more OneDrive for Business folders to be replicated on your local computer or mobile device. Once you establish sync, you can change a file in OneDrive for Business and the local copy of the file is updated automatically. Likewise, when you change a local file, it is updated in OneDrive for Business.

 For Microsoft information on how to set up sync, see Sync a library to your computer.​​

​ Office Version
​ Sync Support
​​Office 2013
​​ OneDrive for Business sync cleint is built-in
​Office 2011, 2008 (for Mac)

Document Connection program (distributed with Office for the Macintosh) provides a folder view in which you can open files and also drag and drop files to add them to OneDrive for Business.

Configuration from Microsoft

Locations in Document Connection use a URL similar to:
Replace <Your_e-ID> with your JMU e-ID

​​​Office 2010, 2007

Download and install the OneDrive for Business Sync client

Donwload client from Microsoft Download Center

SharePoint Subsite URLs

From OneDrive for Business, you can create SharePoint subsites. The URL for a subsite is:



<your_jmu_e-ID​>=Your own JMU e-ID

<your_subsite_name>​ = The name you gave the subsite when you created it

To create a subsite

In the upper-right corner of the screen, click the gear icon , and then click Site contents.
At the bottom of the screen, click new subsite.
Follow the prompts to complete the subsite.
Note: When creating a subsite, be sure to select Use unique permissions because you do not want to use the same permissions as your root site.​


Information from Microsoft

Microsoft provides extensive online help for OneDrive for Business. When using OneDrive for Business, click the question mark icon  in the upper-right corner of the browser window to access Microsoft help.  For information on how to use OneDrive for Business, see the guide and video on OneDrive for Business