How do I configure eDiscovery to collect from OneDrive as individual personal SharePoint sites?



  • eDiscovery 6.1 or newer
  • Internet access from the Collections Work Manager machine



Create a Personal SharePoint Service Account

  1. Sign in to the O365 Admin console at as an administrator
  2. Under User Management click "Add user"
  3. Specify a name and credentials for the new user.
  4. Expand Roles and select "User"
  5. Click "Add" to create the new user


Grant Permissions Using the Classic SharePoint Admin Center

  1. Login to your SharePoint Admin page ( as an Administrator
  2. In the menu on the left, click "Classic SharePoint admin center"
  3. On the left click "user profiles"
  4. Under "People", click "Manage User Profiles"
  5. Do the following for every user whose data you wish to be able to collect:
    1. Search for the desired user in the "Find profiles" dialog
    2. Click the user's Account name and click "Manage site collection owners"
    3. Add your newly created service account user and click "OK"


Add a Personal SharePoint Connector in eDiscovery

  1. Login to eDiscovery as an Administrator
  2. Click "Data Sources" at the top
  3. Click the SharePoint tab
  4. Click the plus sign  to create a new connector
  5. Specify the Web Application URL and the Username and Password of the previously created service account user, then click "OK"
    Note: The Web Application URL should be a personal site in the form


Perform Collections

  1. In the Jobs tab, click on the  to create a new collection
  2. In the pull down box, select Collection
  3. Select SharePoint in the selection box below
  4. In the SharePoint tab, select the Personal SharePoint/OneDrive site that you need to collect from
  5. Complete the collection as you would any other collection



  • The Modern SharePoint and OneDrive Admin Centers do not appear to have a way to grant Site Collection Administrator permissions to Personal SharePoint/OneDive sites.
  • A new connector will need to be created in eDiscovery for each user's personal SharePoint (OneDrive) site.