Force Azure File Sync tiering

If you are encountering issues with Azure File Sync, or you just want to force the process so that you can free some space now, follow the commands shown below:

#Import the commands
Import-Module "C:\Program Files\Azure\StorageSyncAgent\StorageSync.Management.ServerCmdlets.dll"

#Force the synchronization of the folder you have specified in the sync group
Invoke-StorageSyncCloudTiering -Path <sync_group_path>

If you want to get some logs out of the operation for troubleshooting, send these commands in a separate PowerShell window before launching the script above:

cd C:\
New-Item -ItemType directory -Path C:\AZfslogs
cd "C:\Program Files\Azure\StorageSyncAgent"
Import-Module .\AFSDiag.ps1
Debug-AFS -OutputDirectory C:\AZfslogs -KernelModeTraceLevel verbose -UserModeTraceLevel verbose

You can terminate the command once the sync is concluded and get the logs in the C:\AZfslogs folder.

Password Hash Synchronization won’t update any user password

If AD Sync won’t update any user password across a domain follow these steps:

  • Open Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect
  • Click Configure
  • Click Troubleshoot
  • Click Launch
  • In PowerShell type 2 (Enter ‘2’ – Troubleshoot Password Hash Synchronization)
  • Type 1 (Enter ‘1’ – Password Hash Synchronization does NOT work at all)

Usually, the output on your local AD Connector is:

Last successful attempt to synchronize passwords from this directory partition started at: [long time ago]

If this is the case proceed as follows:

  • Open Synchronization Service Manager
  • Click on Connectors
  • Click on your local connector (ex.
  • Right-click, then open properties
  • Under Connect to Active Directory Forest insert the password for the user and click ok
  • Run an initial Sync in PowerShell: Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Initial

Quick troubleshooting for generic OneDrive issues

Here are some common troubleshooting steps that can be used if you are experiencing issues with OneDrive:

  1. Exit the OneDrive Desktop App and open it again
  2. Check for Disk space in the local PC. Check if the storage quota on OneDrive has been reached
  3. Check if the file path has exceeded the 255 characters quota or the 15 GB quota
  4. Right click the OneDrive icon, then go under Settings, Office and deselect “Use Office to sync Offices files that i open”. Save, exit, then enable it again.
  5. Reset OneDrive using the following command. No data will be lost: %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset
  6. If after the reset you don’t see any folder listed as synchronized on the device start the synchronization again from SharePoint. After you synchronize the first one the others will pop back up in the synchronized folders tab.