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How to Backup Microsoft OneDrive and Why

by Bret Piatt / Product, Encrypted Backup / Jul 20, 2016 / Comments

Redundant and reliable online storage is not the same as having a separately secured and vaulted backup copy

Microsoft Office 365 is a great business email, productivity, and collaboration solution. We use it for our team to have Office 2016 — the #1 productivity suite. We purchase it through a month-to-month subscription from Rackspace.

With the Office subscription we get Microsoft OneDrive, their online storage product, included in the bundle. Online storage (ex. OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox) provide redundancy, similar to RAID on a File Server, and some include versioning. Online storage does not provide a separate secure archived copy to protect files from accidents, such as an employee deleting a wrong folder, or attacks, such as all contents of your online drive being maliciously destroyed or held for ransom by a hacker.

Example: Professional Executive

They put data everywhere, needs a secure backup copy of everything, and need it on all devices

As a CEO I store data in multiple locations based on different work flows with each of my teams and external business partners. I have a primary laptop that generally stays at my desk, a travel laptop that stays in my briefcase, and a smartphone that I use to both consume and create content. With my management team we use Jungle Disk (see Diagram 1 that shows the M: accounting, J: bret, N: finance, L: legal, etc. mapped drives powered by Jungle Disk). With some business partners I use Microsoft OneDrive.

With the Jungle Disk based data storage those files also sit on my computer in my Documents share. That Documents share is setup to run as a Backup Vault on a daily basis.

Using Jungle Disk to create an encrypted backup of OneDrive

Mapping Microsoft OneDrive Screenshot

Diagram 1 - How to view the network share path for Microsoft OneDrive

  1. Open your Windows Explorer and right click on the OneDrive blue cloud icon and select properties. The Window on the right called ‘OneDrive Properties’ shown on Diagram 1 will pop up.
  2. You’ll see under ‘Network Path:’ the Windows File Share path name, click and drag to highlight it, right click, and select ‘Copy’.
  3. Open up your Jungle Disk Monitor and add the network share to a backup job.
  4. For the authentication on your network share in the backup configuration use the username and password you use to connect to OneDrive.

Closing

We take data privacy very seriously at Jungle Disk which is why we stand in support of strong encryption (we implement using the military grade AES-256 encryption) and customer control over the encryption keys. Jungle Disk does not have a master key so when your data is encrypted by you, as a customer, it is only accessible with your unique encryption key. You can securely backup the PCs and Macs of your employees with our Workgroup Edition and your Windows and Linux Servers with our Server Edition.

If you have any questions about how to do this and need help our team of data security experts are available on web chat at www.jungledisk.com if you’re new to us or at support.jungledisk.com for existing customers.

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