Google Drive File Stream

The Google File Stream service is a desktop solution created by Google which allows users to quickly access all of their files from their Google Drive account. Google Drive files are directly accessible from Google’s servers from the user’s Xi Frame session.

Requirements

  • A Xi Frame account.

  • The Google Drive Xi Frame integration must be disabled in order for GFS to function properly.

Initial Setup

  1. Start by navigating to the account Sandbox you would like to configure with Google Drive File Stream. Start the Sandbox session.

  2. Go to the following URL from the browser in your Sandbox session: https://dl.google.com/drive-file-stream/GoogleDriveFSSetup.exe

    Warning

    The installer URL above works only for Windows operating systems. Google does not provide a Linux Google Drive File Stream integration.

  3. The GFS installer download should start automatically. When prompted, run the installer.

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  4. A new prompt will appear asking you if you would like to install Google File Stream. Uncheck both boxes pertaining to shortcuts and click “Install.”

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  5. When prompted to log in to your Google Drive account, simply close the window. When asked to Onboard to Frame, click “Cancel”.

  6. Another prompt will appear informing you that Google Drive File Stream has installed successfully. Click “Close.”

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  7. Navigate to your system tray and find the Google Drive File Stream icon.

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  8. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the Drive File Stream window and select “Preferences…”

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  9. Uncheck the “Launch Drive File Stream on system startup” check box.

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  10. You may need to change the Google Drive File Stream Local cached files directory depending on your Frame account configuration:

    • For a non-DJI Frame account, the default directory path C:\Users\Frame\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS can be used by Launchpad users.

    • For a non-DJI Frame account with enterprise profiles enabled, create the directory path C:\Users\FrameUser\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS and then in Google File Stream preferences change the “Local cached files directory” to C:\Users\FrameUser\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS.

    • For a DJI Frame account with enterprise profiles enabled, the GFS local cached files directory should be configured for C:\Users\<domain_user>\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS as part of the Default profile under C:UsersDefault.

  11. Click “OK” when you have updated the preferences above.

  12. Navigate back to the Drive File Stream icon in the system tray, click on the gear icon again, and select “Quit” from the gear icon menu.

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  13. Navigate to and delete following folder in your Sandbox session:

    C:\Users\Frame\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS

  14. Then empty your Recycle Bin, close your Sandbox session, and shut down your Sandbox from your Dashboard.

  15. Navigate back to your Sandbox and start your Sandbox session. Confirm that Google Drive File Stream has not started automatically.

Customizing Google File Stream

Google Drive File Stream can be customized through registry configuration in the Sandbox registry or through GPOs, as described in https://support.google.com/a/answer/7644837?hl=en.

Disable Auto Update

You may need to disable the auto update feature for Google Drive File Stream, so you can control when Google File Stream is updated in the Sandbox and then published to your users. Disabling auto updates is simple. Follow the steps as they are described below:

  1. If you have not already done so, start and launch your Sandbox session. Navigate to http://dl.google.com/update2/enterprise/googleupdateadmx.zip in your web browser.

  2. Open the GoogleUpdateAdmx folder.

  3. Copy google.admx and GoogleUpdate.admx and put them in your Policy Definitions folder. (Example: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions)

  4. In the GoogleUpdateAdmx/en-US folder, copy the google.adml and GoogleUpdate.adml files and put them in the en-US folder in Policy Definitions. (Example: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US).

  5. Navigate to “Group Policy” and go to Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Template > Google > Google Update to verify that the template loaded correctly.

  6. Next, go to Google > Google Update > Applications

  7. Enable the “Update policy override default policy.”

  8. Under “Options,” select “Updates disabled” from the drop-down menu.