OSE201 & Other External Sharing Errors

in SharePoint & OneDrive for Business

 

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Error OSE201. It’s one of several error codes that SharePoint and OneDrive for Business users potentially face when trying to share files externally  with clients, or partners.

Error OSE201 indicates that external sharing is turned off across all of your SharePoint and OneDrive sites, essentially blocking your ability to collaborate and share with anyone outside of your own organization. 

Of course, for every legitimate business reason for tuning off external sharing, there’s another that’s the result of an over-cautious IT policy. 

For business users, this can be frustrating.  

In almost all organizations, the need to share content and collaborate with external stakeholders is a key requirement, and so errors like OSE201 not only limit the effectiveness of your workforce, but also add additional risk when users try and circumvent IT policies and find their own ways to move content out, beyond the firewall (using consumer-grade apps like Dropbox). 

Even when external sharing is turned on, users can face challenges. 

Typically, your business will want you to share with “authenticated external users”. These are guests invited by email. Once the user accepts the invitation they are added to your organization’s directory as an external user. IT can often be resistant to this, knowing that if you’ve shared an entire site with your client, they'll have access to everything in it! 

Your external user will also need a Microsoft account, so it’s not always easy to link the email you sent the invite to, and the Microsoft account associated to the user.

Given the risks with external sharing in O365, most administrators prefer disabling it entirely.

It’s why many teams turn to Huddle.  

Huddle sits perfectly alongside an existing O365 deployment – offering valuable functionality for teams that need to spin-up a collaborative, cloud-based workspace quickly, and without burdening the IT team. 

Because a Huddle workspace acts as an isolated space in which to share and work on content with external stakeholders, it means there’s no threat of “over-exposing” external users to a wider collection of files; or adding them to your company’s Microsoft Active Directory. 

Content can be pulled from SharePoint (or OneDrive) and worked on in Huddle. What’s more, Huddle integrates perfectly into your Office Online applications so you can open files directly into the apps you use most regularly, and natively save them back to Huddle where they’re automatically synchronized across your workspace members. 

Understanding SharePoint’s external collaboration error codes.

Here are some of the other error codes that you might experience if you’re trying to collaborate externally though SharePoint or OneDrive for Business.

OSE202

Indicates that you can only share with guest users who are already in your directory. 

OSE204

Indicates that sharing is turned off for the site that you're trying to share from. 

OSE205

Indicates that you can only share the site with guest users who are already in your directory.

OSE207

Indicates that external sharing is turned off for OneDrive. 

OSE208

Indicates that you can only share OneDrive sites with guest users who are already in your directory.

 

 

OSE304

Indicates that the person sharing the file or folder is not a member of the security groups that are allowed to share with authenticated users.

OSE401

Indicates that the user you are trying to share with a domain that is not on the allow list for your organization.

OSE402

Indicates that the user you are trying to share with a domain that is on the deny list for your organization.

OSE403

Indicates that the user you are trying to share with a domain that is not on the allow list for the site that you're sharing from.

OSE404

Indicates that the user you are trying to share with a domain that is on the deny list for the site that you're sharing from.

 

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