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Stop/Restart/Pause OneDrive for business

I had an issue with OneDrive for business, which I need to use to be able to sync a SharePoint folder to my local machine.

On this machine I like to do some auto cleanup with my MoveOldFiles script (a script that moves all files in certain folders to sub folders in the format yyyy\MM, and after doing so, it uses 7za.exe to zip the files, once complete and zipped successfully the source files are being deleted). But when doing so, OneDrive kept syncing the changes and while zipping and deleting, sometimes sync errors might occur. I wanted this to be more robust and stable and not have OneDrive crash or starting to consume a lot of memory.

On trying to find how to pause OneDrive trough a script, I couldn’t find any solutions, but some solutions pointed to a SkyDrive /shutdown option. OneDrive for business uses groove nowadays instead of SkyDrive, but they kept this argument switch alive.

So, all I had to do was to add 2 lines of code to my script.
One line to shut down the OneDrive service (the installation can usually be found here: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\office15):

Groove.exe /shutdown

And one to restart is


And that was all there is to it, this way OneDrive is closed during my automatic cleanup sessions and will be restarted after all is done and then it starts syncing all changes.


Backup to zip

I wanted to have a tool that creates a backup to a zip file, but I didn’t want the zip file to be recreated every time (as it can take nearly a day for some backups I wanted to make), thus I need something to synchronize to zip and remove items from the zip archive if they are removed from disk. If I restore a backup and the folder I want to backup had an older file than the zip archive contains, the folder with the older file should be leading and the file in the zip archive needs to be overwritten.

I decided the best way to go would be the dos/commandline version of 7zip (7za.exe), which you can download from their sourceforge. Be warned that splitting in volumes doesn’t work in this case, because the update to zip function won’t work.

How to use this tool with synchronize options, I found here. But as this treats newer files as leading, I did need to tweak it a little bit, so the folder would be the leading factor.

I also needed to exclude the folder called “backups” and don’t want the other zip files which I created backupped into this zip file, thus I need to exclude all files which start with the name “backup” as well. As I like to create a log file as well, I also include the date. (could have used start-transcript as well, which I usually use and I believe is a better way for creating log files. I don’t know why I didn’t use it this time)

Get-Date | Out-File D:\Data\Backup.log
& "$PSScriptRoot\7za.exe" u -tzip "D:\Data\" -up1q0r2x2y2z1w2 D:\Data\* -mx7 '-xr!Backups' '-xr!Backup*.*'  >> D:\Data\Backup.log
Get-Date | Out-File D:\Data\Backup.log -Append