Sync SharePoint 2019 Library To Local Folder

Recently, I needed to implement FBA for a SharePoint 2019 Environment. But before implementing that, I needed to make sure to back up few libraries from site. This is because if we mess things up, that data won't be affected. One way to do this was to back up content DB for that web application, but it was huge in size. As we require data from couple of libraries, I thought to use local folder integration and then copy files to another drive.


The classic option that worked in SharePoint 2013 of opening the library with file explorer shows enabled, but stopped working in SharePoint 2019. It will showcase you a dialog for one drive sync client installation. If you allow the popup, the reference link provided at the end of the blog will open in a new tab.

Sync SharePoint 2019 Library To Local Folder


You have two options showcased on this page.

Solution 1 - Install latest OneDrive client.

They have mentioned all the steps as well.

The issue I faced with this is that you will need to login into OneDrive before use. This requires a Office 365 user. Even after connecting with my trial development account user, I was not able to make it sync to the local folder.

The issue can be anything, such as not having any patch installed in the server, or that the functionality requires both systems to have same credentials. As this is not my primary task, I decided to go with the second solution.

​​​​Solution 2 - Install OneDrive Sync app

The support for the OneDrive Sync app is ended on January 11, 2011. So, choose this approach carefully.

To install the previous OneDrive for Business sync app with Office 2013, follow these steps.

If you have Office Professional Plus 2013, Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Midsize Business, or Office 365 Small Business Premium, then you already have the OneDrive sync app installed.

I did not have permission to install new patch on the server, but if you do have it, try to update the server and check if you can copy files using the OneDrive app in SharePoint 2019 first. If that doesn’t work, you can always perform steps mentioned in solution two.