Mapping drives to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online makes lots of sense for organisations who want to avoid file synchronisation, and keep tight policy-based control over corporate data in the hands of the IT department.
There are several scripts available that functionally map drives to the Office 365 cloud storage - and they're free which has its obvious perks. But, they aren't without their issues, and one major issue may be about to hit thousands of organisations using mapping scripts that use hidden IE-based authentication to connect with Office 365.
Time is running out
You may have noticed lately that Office 365's login screen has mentioned a "new sign-in experience". Soon this is going to become the only way you can authenticate with Office 365. From that moment, the IE sign-in method used by many of the OneDrive mapper scripts - may no longer work.
This means if you're using a PowerShell script to map drives to your OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online storage - your users may soon be unable to access their drives unless you find other ways to handle the authentication. That's a pretty big deal!
What can you do?
Well, you can buy one of the low-cost enterprise-quality drive mapping solutions that handles authentication using Office 365's latest authentication channels. Cloud Drive Mapper is used by hundreds of organisations and over a million people worldwide. It maps drives to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online, and it nicely integrates ADFS to provide a slick single sign-on experience for users. It's deployed elegantly through Active Directory GPO, and it also works in Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop VDI environments. Oh and it's very affordable, especially when you consider how much money it can save you from allowing you to utilise your Office 365 storage properly instead of needing more and more on-prem storage.