This article contains recommendations and considerations for administrators who want to deploy Box Drive to a large number of computers.
Box Drive and other Enterprise features
- Box Drive supports Device Trust but does not support Device Pinning.
- Box Drive's activity will appear in the Admin Reports in the same way other application activity is logged. The comment Service: Box Drive will appear in the Change Details column of a User Activity report.
- Box Drive also supports marking content to make it available offline. More information on enabling the mark for offline feature.
- More information on Box Drive update behavior.
Migrate from Box Sync to Box Drive
Box Sync and Box Drive are two separate desktop applications that give you the ability to access Box content from your desktop environment.
However, there are known issues with having both Box Sync and Box Drive installed on a single machine. And since Box Drive 2.4 has nearly all of Sync’s capabilities -- including the ability to work offline -- and since it includes an automated Sync Uninstaller, it’s worthwhile, simple, and fast to transition fully to Box Drive. Start the Drive 2.4 install process, and Drive automatically uninstalls Box Sync and then cleans up your synced files. More information on installing Box Drive 2.4. Here's more information on large-scale deployments of Box Drive. When you install, you can also configure the default Box Drive folder location. And here are details on enabling Box Drive in your organization.
You can install Box Drive by downloading and running the Box Drive MSI. Before running the MSI, install the corresponding prerequisites listed below. There will not be a .exe installer for Box Drive.
After January 14, 2020, . For organizations on Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise that are unable to upgrade to Windows 10 in time, an from Microsoft is available. The Extended Security Updates (ESU) include security updates for critical and important issues as defined by the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) for a maximum of three years after January 14, 2020.
Box will continue to support Box Drive on only the latest Windows 7 (Professional & Enterprise) Extended Support Updates.
See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa372024(v=vs.85).aspx for more information about performing silent MSI installs.
- Even with a silent MSI install, end users must log into Box Drive manually themselves.
Administrators can distribute the Box Drive PKG file to Mac users within their organization using standard application deployment tools. Alternatively, IT departments can install the PKG when imaging machines.
- You must log into Box Drive manually the first time you launch the app.
- When installing Box Drive as the root user, all users on the machine must manually add Drive to their list of startup items
- If you're opening Box Drive for the first time in OSX 10.13, you must give Box Drive permission to run in System Preferences. You are prompted to open System Preferences and make the change. Click here for more info.
Box Drive Auto-Updates
Box Drive in VDI Environments
Box Drive Technical Information
For more detailed technical information on Box Drive's caching behavior and local storage usage, please review this technical information for Box Administrators.
Box Drive General Limitations
For more information about Box Drive's known limitations please refer to this article.