Disable Sharepoint Online Personal Site

Earlier, I published how to disable ondrive for business on an Office 365 tenant. I got mixed reactions and one was like “why not disable the personal site while you’re at it?” LOL!

Well then.. here it goes after some digging it turned out to be not as simple.

Sharepoint personal sites are, well, sharepoint sites. And an admin can disable it, on a per user level. But as it turns out, it’s a bit more challenging (read:powershell) to disable for all users. Second challenge is if the personal site already has content, an admin would need to clean up the site before deleting.

Disabling personal site is by way of logging in as administrator then administering Sharepoint.

And then.. we click Manage User Permissions…

And uncheck Create Personal Site. That should disable it… for “Everyone”, with an empty personal site. So this would be best done for all users before they even learn that they have a personal site :D





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Removing OneDrive from Office 365

Was recently asked by a client if it is possible to disable or remove OneDrive for business from Office 365. Although it doesn’t really make sense on the surface, companies have their reasons.

At the moment I didn’t know how to do it, but knowing that OneDrive is basically a sharepoint doclib, how hard would it be to look for how to disable, or at least hide it.

Spin up your portal as the administrator, then go to the admin panel, and choose sharepoint to administer sharepoint.

Once on sharepoint, click on the settings and..


There you go.. OneDrive, hidden from view.

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New move from MS in the BI uinverse

MS just acquired Datazen, a mobile BI company.

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Azure VM OS drive limit has octupled!

Well does it follow that VHDX support is near? J


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MS hints on SharePoint 2016?

Look at this tweet

So.. would you?

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Announcing the Azure App Service

ScottGu’s blog..


and the announcement


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Viewing an Office 365 user’s Files as Admin

I have been asked if a global administrator of Office 365 can “see my onedrive files” or has the ability to see a user’s files on one drive.

The straight answer of course is yes, and here is how:

  1. Log in as the global administrator to your tenant and proceed to administer SHAREPOINT
  2. Bring up the administration module for the User profiles then click “Manage User Profiles”

    This should bring you to… the Manage user profiles page.

  1. Locate the particular user you wish to look into, then on the dropdown options, select Manage Site Collection Owners. You can find the dropdown list by hovering your mouse pointer on the user’s name.

  2. Here we see that I (admin) am not part of the administrators of this particular user’s site collections

  3. So I add myself and click OK

  4. Then I click “Manage Personal Site” on this user from the same dropdown list

  5. Which brings me to this user’s personal sites, where I can click the “Documents” link on the left side of the page

  6. And now I see this user’s onedrive.


Only disadvantage I see here is I need to do this on each user one at a time. J



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