SkyDrive Pro is an excellent web-based, enterprise ready, personal storage and collaboration tool for faculty, staff, and students. Unlike the consumer version of SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro provides institutions with rich features to remain compliant. Technically, each SkyDrive Pro site created is its own site collection. The user who creates the site is provided independent ownership of their personal site. This user has full control to grant and remove user permissions to their site. In other words by default even administrators do not have access to a personal SkyDrive Pro site!
What's an Admin to do?
As I mentioned before SkyDrive Pro is enterprise ready. Office 365 Education administrators can access a users (i.e., student) SkyDrive Pro account to meet compliance requirements and for investigations.
If you are an administrator of Office 365 Education you can follow these steps:
At this point you can access the SkyDrive Pro site. Hope this helps!
I can't find the last screen in your blog. I did all the steps 1 to 8 fine, but how do I get to SkyDrive Pro now? I can only see the Sharepoint Team Site Home page, is this the same thing?
Does this reference the Exchange 2010 or 2013 version of Office 365? We have Exchange 2010 version mailboxes still...
This post references SharePoint 2013 (Wave 15) version of Office 365.
So, we have to do this for all 1400 users?! This seems like a recurring theme, can't allocate specific licences automatically via AD even when linked and now it looks like we have to configure rights individually. The user management in 365 from an admin’s perspective is horrible!
Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately "aUser" is correct. This process would be unmanageable if required for more than a handful of users. Thankfully there's a better way.
Since SPO (wave 15) supports the SharePoint Online Management Powershell commands, you can create a batch file to add the administrator as the "site collection administrator" for each student's MySite. Use the Set-SPOUSer command (technet.microsoft.com/.../fp161375.aspx). Hope that helps!
Can I add texts on the menu bar or post message in the sky drive pro. Then, every student see the message while login sky drive pro.
I want to echo that manually adding site collection administrators is not practical or possible because of the number of users in our tenancy. I am not sure how Set-SPOUser will help since I don't have a powershell command that will return all of the Personal sites in my Tenancy. Please don't suggest Get-SPOSite unless you have tried it. Unless there is an undocumented parameter that "Gets" personal sites. - Greg