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Accessing Your OneDrive for Business Personal Network Storage

Faculty and Staff Instructions

Microsoft OneDrive


Each AU faculty or staff member is provided with 1 Terabyte (TB) of personal network storage through OneDrive, which is a part of Microsoft Office 365. You will be able to access files stored in OneDrive drive both on and off campus through the methods described below. OneDrive is a safe and secure place to store your data, however confidential or sensitive data should still be stored on a departmental restricted network drive such as the K: drive.

 

Accessing OneDrive through Windows, Mac, or Mobile

If you have the OneDrive for Business client installed on your PC or Mac, you can access your OneDrive files on your hard drive. Your files then synchronize to the Office 365 in the cloud, once you are connected to the Internet.

  • On Windows, you can access and edit your OneDrive folders and files through Computer. You should see a OneDrive - american.edu section, where your folders and files are located. You may need to sign in to OneDrive for Business using your AU email address and password, if this is the first time you are using it. Once you sign in, your folders and files from OneDrive in Office 365 will be synchronized to your computer, and vice versa. You can also configure existing folders on your computer to be synchronized to OneDrive.
  • Accessing OneDrive for Business on a Mac is very similar to Windows. First, download and install the OneDrive for Mac client. Once installed, simply choose the folder where you want your files to be synchronized, and then the client will function the same as the Windows client. You can access your OneDrive files through Finder, once OneDrive is set up and configured.
  • OneDrive for Business is also available as an App on both iOS and Android devices. You can access and edit your files on the go, whenever you have an Internet connection.

 

Accessing OneDrive through the Web

  1. Login to the Office 365 portal at https://portal.office.com, using your AU email address and password. 
  2. Once logged in, click on the OneDrive tile.
  3. A new tab should open with a web view of your files and folders in OneDrive.
  4. You can now view, edit, share, and download your files and folders through the web interface.