Problem:

With Office 365 we had configured the team site but then we wanted that people should not have to login to the portal to access the data under it. Rather the shared document folder should appear as a Map drive on the PC

Researched further on the topic and found that its possible to do that but the process is cumbersome and error prone

Setup a team site on office 365 for Contoso.com
Provided required users with needed permission on the team site
accessed the document link and copied it

https://Contoso.sharepoint.com/Shared Documents

Tried creating a map drive with the link but it failed with error

   “The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another”

Researched further on issue and found that we have to follow the exact following steps

1) Sign in to the SharePoint Online site by using your Office 365 credentials. Make sure that you click to select the Keep me signed in check box.
2) Open a document library in Explorer View. For example, follow these steps:
3) From your Team Site, select Shared Documents.
4)Under the Library Tools section in the Ribbon, click the Library tab.
5) In the Actions group, click Open with Explorer.  ( Do this step, its very important)
6) Sign in to the SharePoint Online site by using your Office 365 credentials. Make sure that you click to select the Keep me signed in check box. ( After Keeping the box checked even if we close the Internet explorer Map drive works fine, but without this check open even the open IE would not do the task)
7) Right-click Computer from the Desktop, or within Windows Explorer, and then click Map Network Drive.
8) Click the Connect to a Web site that you can store your documents and pictures link, and then click Next two times.
9) Type the site URL, click Next, and then follow the instructions in the wizard. For example, type https://contoso.sharepoint.com.

This worked for me , Hope it helps you

 

Edit: At some point later I have found that its better to do it by syncing SharePoint library through skydrive pro on the PC, I will describe the procedure in some later posts

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