I suppose this is normal behavior but it is a big issue with my situation.
I have nextcloud installed on a vmware virtual server (Ubuntu 16.04)
I don’t host files on that server I only create SMB connections to my existing Windows 2003/2012 shares.
When I connect the Windows client to these “External storages” for syncing locally. It actually don’t sync at all. It will just push local new or modified files/folders to the remote share.
When I create or modify files/folders directly on the remote share, the client won’t be able to see that something changed and will not pull these files/folders.
The only way to wake it up is to log into the web interface and browse to the Windows share which will eventually tell the client that something changed.
The way we work here is that people with laptops will have a synced version of some shared folders in which they will work on locally when away. But they are, most of the time, working directly to these shared folders when they connect to their Remote Desktop session. I had no intention of giving them access to the web interface.
So I need that the client be able to look frequently at the remote shares for new and modified files/folders in this particular situation.