How to install OneDrive on Windows Server 2012 R2. Unlike it’s desktop counterpart, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 does not include the OneDrive client. But, you can install it manually. This is useful for a remote desktop (terminal server) environment where users may want to save their files online. Admittedly this is not a very secure option for most organisations, but could be acceptable for small businesses. I run this at home for the family on a small RDS farm, with OneDrive and Office installed, although Office 2013 does of course allow saving natively as well.
To install OneDrive on Window Server 2012 R2:
- Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration from the Server Manager, Local Server page, if you have it enabled. This will allow you to sign in.- Install the .NET Framework 3.5 feature
- Download Windows Live Essentials 2012 from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials
- Install just OneDrive
You will then need to sign into the app.
Note that this does give the inferior Windows 7 style Onedrive sync, i.e. you have to choose which files and folders will be available on the server. It does not use the placeholders like in Windows 8, unfortunately, since this is basically the same Onedrive client that you can install on Windows 7.