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Limiting cloud data synchronization

Posted Sep 12, 2018 by Pierre Devereux

Reducing bandwidth with NBConnect

If you’ve been following our blog over the last few weeks, you’ll know that you can reduce the amount of bandwidth you use in your offices in a number of different ways.

In this post, we’ll look at cloud synchronisation and explain how choosing the correct settings can reduce your bandwidth usage.

In this blog post, we explained how applications like OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and Dropbox are configured to store files in the cloud and also to keep offline copies on your local drive. The post detailed that if several people were synching a folder locally to their device and a 1GB file was stored in it, each user will download that file, using a lot of bandwidth and slowing down the network.

Today, we’re providing a practical guide to help you check these settings.


OneDrive is available as OneDrive for Business and OneDrive Personal.Both can be installed on your device at the same time.

Each application has unique settings. Right clicking on one of the icons will display the application menu.

Once the “Settings” menu has been selected, another menu will be displayed. Here you can add a new account to sync to your device and also select the files and folders you wish to sync. Keep in mind that all files that sync use bandwidth when saved to the cloud and when downloaded back onto your device.

Unselecting these boxes allows a user to keep files online only and not download them.


It’s also possible to select files to make available offline through the “File Explorer” using Microsoft Files on Demand. Data stored in the cloud only is marked with a cloud icon, while data synced to a local device will appear with a little green tick inside a circle. These icons make it easier to determine what data will be pulled to your device.

Selecting any of the files or folders in the File Explorer window and right-clicking on them will also present a menu. Here you can choose to keep the files online only or make them available on your device at all times.



Taking control of data synchronisation is a great way to reduce bandwidth usage. NBConnect offers a remote tool that can be used to allow our team of technical specialists to connect to your device and check that the settings applied to your cloud storage applications are configured to meet your unique needs and requirements.

For more information on how to partner with NBConnect, please contact us via our webpage, Facebook page or call us directly on +27(0) 21 914 2348. We’re always here to help.

And please do be sure to visit the blog again next week when we’ll take a closer look at how NBConnect can help you limit bandwidth usage through internet traffic control.