Connecting to and Using Microsoft OneDrive in the UD VDI Service

Microsoft OneDrive lets you connect and use your Microsoft OneDrive storage as if it were a drive attached directly to your computer. Connecting from a VDI session lets you open and save your personal files quickly and safely and gives you access to shared drives that may be shared with you for classes or other collaborative work.


You must have Microsoft Multi‐Factor Authentication (MFA) set up before you can use this, or any University of Delaware Microsoft Office 365 service. 


For issues installing and using Microsoft OneDrive, contact the IT Support Center.

  1. After logging into your VDI session, launch OneDrive from the Windows start menu.

The One Drive icon

  1. It may take a few moments for the OneDrive service to fully start. Once the service has started, type your UD email address, and then click Sign in.

OneDrive "Sign in" button is indicated

Note: If you also have a personal Microsoft account tied to your UD e‐mail address, you will be asked which account you want to use. Click Work or school. Most people will not see this dialog. 

  1. At the University of Delaware dialog, enter your UDelNet password, and MFA and click Sign In.

Microsoft OneDrive at UD login dialogue with option to click "Sign in"

  1. Approve the MFA request on your phone or via another method depending on how you chose to set up MFA.  Because this is a virtual session, there is no reason to select the “Don’t ask again . . .” box. You will always get an MFA request regardless.

Approve sign in request dialogue. Leave "Don't ask again for 14 days" empty

  1. Click Next.

One Drive folder screen with option to click "Next"

  1. Close the introductory OneDrive window.

The "X" is indicated in the upper right corner of the OneDrive window.

  1. You can open OneDrive from the Windows taskbar. Choose Open Folder to work with, and save files as if they were stored on a local drive. All your changes will automatically be synchronized to the cloud.

The One Drive folder as shown in Windows Explorer

OneDrive, as shown in Windows Explorer

  1. When changes are synchronizing, the OneDrive cloud icon will show a sync symbol.
Do not quit your VDI session until synchronization has finished! 
The One Drive synchronization icon shows on the Windows task bar
  1. You can make sure all of your changes have been saved back to the cloud by hovering your mouse cursor over the OneDrive cloud icon. If you see the message OneDrive.....Up to date, then you can safely to quit your session.

OneDrive is Up to Date message shows when hovering mouse over OneDrive taskbar icon

  1. Optional: you can learn more about using Microsoft OneDrive here.