Installing OneDrive on Windows Server 2012 R2

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
  • 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.

6 thoughts on “Installing OneDrive on Windows Server 2012 R2”

  1. Will this work in a multi user environment and does this method negate the need to sync on the local hard drive?

    For a RDSH setup I want to be able to use Office 365 and have users save files to the cloud but without the ability to sync, thus filling up the hard drive.

    1. Hi Chris, did you ever find a way to install and run OneDrive on an RDSH Server, allowing saving to the cloud but without saving the sync’d files to the local hard disk, thus filling it up?

  2. Maybe there’s a better option now 😉

    Microsoft will offer on demand cloud file access with Windows 10 later this year. But in the time being there’s already a great tool on the market: It’s not only bring back placeholders to Windows 10, it’s also working with earlier versions of Windows and – best of all – Citrix and Terminal Server. In addition it supports UNC connectivity and drive letter mapping based on a native network provider for Office 365.

    Integrated into Windows Explorer the tool makes the whole Office 365 (Sharepoint Online, Groups, Onedrive) world browsable like folder shares and structures on file servers.

    Disclaimer: I am working for the company behind the tool and I am happy to personally answer questions or send a trial to anyone interested.

    Best regards,

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