Google Drive File Stream Does Not Sync

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Since the November launch of Apple Silicon-powered Macs, third-party developers have been steadily updating their apps with native support. Google now plans to update Drive File Stream in April with M1 support.

Backup and Sync works with Google Drive and Photos. It’s a fairly standard client that lets you sync all (or just some of) your files/folders, including images and videos. Meanwhile, Drive File Stream — which is getting renamed — is intended for Workspace customers and features an on demand model.

Google Drive File Stream Sync Problems

The applications did not work on the Macs introduced late last year, and were showstoppers for some new buyers. Google’s support document for the enterprise client explains how:

Drive File Stream currently doesn’t support ARM-based Windows laptops and tablets, including the Microsoft Surface Pro X. And Drive File Stream does not yet support Apple M1 devices.

Google Drive Backup and Sync. With Drive File Stream, you can preview more than 40 popular file formats and edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files from any device. Google Drive files.

  1. By default, Google Drive File Stream does not store a copy of your files on your local computer. This means that if you do not have an Internet connection, you will not be able to access these files. In order make your files accessible offline, right-click on a file or folder and select Available Offline under the Drive File Stream menu.
  2. Just cruious if google and/or microsoft has done something about this. Environment is server 2012R2 and my client is moving from Google Drive to Google file stream for users who have their own PCs, but users who live in RDS would like to also be able to access everything all in one place with Google File Stream.
  3. These files and folders will not sync to Google Drive folder on your computer unless you add them to 'My Drive' or individual folders which you have synced. Following are the steps to Sync Files and Folders of Shared With Me in Google Drive: Make sure you are connected to the internet. Click 'Google Drive' icon on your computer.
  4. Google Drive also has a 'Backup and Sync from Google' which can be installed on computers to store and sync files to and from Google Drive. It is recommended to install the 'Backup and Sync from Google' if you need to frequently manage files from the computer. Google Drive is also available for Android and other platforms too.

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The consumer-focused application for personal Google Accounts was updated on January 13 with “improved Apple M1 support.” It specifically “fixed remaining M1 chip issues that prevented previous versions of Backup and Sync from running for some users.”

Backup and Sync version 3.54 and above supports macOS Big Sur (version 11) including Apple devices with the Apple M1 chip.

Meanwhile, “Google Drive for desktop” — Drive File Stream’s new name — will support Apple M1 devices when version 47.0 is released in April.

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Google Chrome was quickly updated back in November, leaving Drive File Stream today as the only application lacking native support.

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First glance I know the new Google Stream is way different in that by default it hosts files directly online and only if you indicate you want it offline does it sync down permanently so that is going in your favor in an RDS environment. What I am unsure on is if the profiles and the program can run multiple instances on one server using multiple profiles. I would assume it would as most programs are now sandboxed to each user in some fashion.

So what we need to do is test this and see so I would recommend you spin up a lab or take a snapshot / backup of the RDS server and afterhours / weekend install Google Stream and test it with a few users logged in at the same time. Revert the snapshot or restore the backup if it does not go well, Lab is better I think but if its all you got then test it afterhours.

Google Drive File Stream Not Syncing

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This is what I found regarding log files for this new Google feature

Google Drive File Stream Does Not Sync

Report back your findings as I expect many more to come will need to know what is up here...