Recently, we were migrated from SP2013 to Sharepoint online, and we encountered a following problem:

We have "users" in AD which are basically just accounts for machines with no user interaction. As such, they don't have O365 account, e-mail etc. In old Sharepoint you could simply add them to site's permissions and it would work - now, even though they are added, SP still requires to login with e-mail account.

How can we make it so such an account has access to a folder in library to dump files in there?

  • Are you uploading those files programmatically? – MHeld Jun 26 '18 at 8:06
  • The machine is managed by custom vendor software, where we can put a link to sharepoint so the results are saved in that location. On SP2013 we just added the AD user to SP Group and it worked - now it does not. – Yuropoor Jun 26 '18 at 8:14
  • SharePoint OnPremises and SharePoint Online differ a lot in authentication. You will get a much more precise answer here, if you provide the upload-code. If it's a closed-source 3rd party software, please contact vendor for support. – MHeld Jun 26 '18 at 9:33
  • Unfortunately, it's the latter option. We did call for support, but they do not support SharePoint Online and can't provide a solution. The decision to migrate was not made by us, you know how it is in big corps, we have to deal with it somehow. Anyway, thanks for answering. – Yuropoor Jun 26 '18 at 9:48

I suggest you could migrate the users from Active directory to Azure Active Directory.

More references:

Configuring SharePoint Online to Use Active Directory Users.

How to sync local Active Directory to Office 365 with DirSync.

How to sync on-premises Active Directory to Azure Active Directory with Azure AD Connect.

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  • Azure is not an option (our corp is actually actively blocking any Azure services, even for testing) - and I do not have the power to make such decision. – Yuropoor Jun 26 '18 at 8:03

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