Virtual files in the new Windows Client 3.2 ist a good feature, but it seems to have some limitations.
- The target has to be a folder in the local filesystem. If I choose a network folder (Windows SMB 3.0 share), sync does not work. That’s very bad in enterprise environments for securty and backup reasons. Where can I find an information about this issue?
- There should be an option to choose selected folders and not all of them like the old way of syncing offers. In other words: the option to exclude some folders from sync.
Why would you want to sync files from one file server (Nextcloud) to another file server (SMB Share) via a client computer. The sync client and especially the Virtual Files feature is designed to work with the files on a local computer and then sync the changes back to the Nextcloud server. It is not a backup software.
Why? With the Virtual Files feature, only the files that are actualy used on a client computer, i.e. double-clicked by the user, are actually downloaded/synced. But If you want to use the client the “old way”, you can still do so… But then you lose the Virtual Drive functionality.