Pre-provision OneDrive for users in your organization

By default, the first time that a user browses to their OneDrive it's automatically provisioned for them. In some cases, such as the following, you might want your users' OneDrive locations to be ready beforehand, or pre-provisioned:

  • Your organization has a custom process for adding new employees, and you want to create a OneDrive when you add a new employee.

  • Your organization plans to migrate from SharePoint Server on-premises to Office 365.

  • Your organization plans to migrate from another online storage service.

This article describes how to pre-provision OneDrive for your users by using PowerShell.


You can also pre-provision OneDrive for your users by using the REST API or CSOM. For more information, see So you want to programmatically provision Personal Sites (OneDrive for Business) in Office 365 and the section titled "Use the ProfileLoader.CreatePersonalSiteEnqueueBulk method to provision personal sites and OneDrive for Business for multiple users" in What's new for developers in social and collaboration features in SharePoint.

Pre-provision OneDrive for users

  1. Download the latest SharePoint Online Management Shell.

  2. Download and install the SharePoint Online Client Components SDK.

  3. Connect to SharePoint Online as a global admin or SharePoint admin in Office 365. As a prerequisite (SharePoint License assigned). To learn how, see Getting started with SharePoint Online Management Shell.


    If you get an error message about being unable to run scripts, you might need to change your execution policies. For info, see About Execution Policies.

  4. Copy the following code and paste it into a text editor such as Notepad:

 This script adds an entry for each user specified in the input file 
 into the OneDrive provisioning queue
 This script reads a text file with a line for each user. 
 Provide the User Principal Name of each user on a new line.
 An entry will be made in the OneDrive provisioning queue for each
 user up to 200 users.
 .\BulkEnqueueOneDriveSite.ps1 -SPOAdminUrl -InputfilePath C:\users.txt 
 The URL for the SharePoint Admin center
.PARAMETER InputFilePath
 The path to the input file.
 The file must contain 1 to 200 users
 This script needs to be run by a global or SharePoint administrator in Office 365
 This script will prompt for the username and password of the administrator
    #Must be SharePoint Administrator URL
    [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)]
    [string] $SPOAdminUrl,
    [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)]
    [string] $InputFilePath
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint.Client") | Out-Null
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime") | Out-Null
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.UserProfiles") | Out-Null
$ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SPOAdminUrl)
$Users = Get-Content -Path $InputFilePath
if ($Users.Count -eq 0 -or $Users.Count -gt 200)
    Write-Host $("Unexpected user count: [{0}]" -f $Users.Count) -ForegroundColor Red
$web = $ctx.Web
Write-Host "Enter an admin username" -ForegroundColor Green
$username = Read-Host
Write-Host "Enter your password" -ForegroundColor Green
$password = Read-Host -AsSecureString
$ctx.Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($username,$password )
$loader = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.UserProfiles.ProfileLoader]::GetProfileLoader($ctx)
Write-Host "Script Completed" 

Notice that comments are included in the code to describe the script and the parameters that are used in it. They will not affect the running of the PowerShell script.

  1. Save the text file and then change the file name extension to .ps1. In this example, we use the name BulkEnqueueOneDriveSite.ps1.

  2. In a text editor such as Notepad, create a file that includes the Office 365 user accounts for which you want to provision OneDrive. Each user account must be on a separate line.

    Save the file with the name UserInput.txt.


    Each Input file is limited to 200 users. If you need to provision OneDrive for more than 200 users, create multiple input files (for example, UserInput1.txt, UserInput2.txt, etc.).

  3. In the SharePoint Online Management Shell, change to the directory where you saved the BulkEnqueueOneDriveSite.ps1 PowerShell script.

  4. Run the following command:

.\BulkEnqueueOneDriveSite.ps1 -SPOAdminUrl <The URL for the SharePoint Admin center> -InputfilePath <location of your UserInput file> 

For example:

.\BulkEnqueueOneDriveSite.ps1 -SPOAdminUrl -InputfilePath C:\UserInput1.txt 

Running the script will prompt you for the Office 365 credentials, which you will need to enter.

When the script has finished, the PowerShell pane shows the status as Completed.

  1. If you have additional User Input files, rerun the script and change the -InputfilePath parameter to the location of the other User Input file.

To verify that OneDrive has been created for your users, see How to display a list of OneDrive for Business site collections.


If you are pre-provisioning OneDrive for many users, it might take some time for the OneDrive locations to be created.

See also

Plan hybrid OneDrive for Business