Add selective sync in Work Folders [Separated Idea]
Today, Work Folders client will sync the entire dataset on the client. Some devices don't have too much storage space. A selective sync feature for Windows platform (equal to the one on iOS) would be great, which only downloads the namespaces, and download data when user selects it.
MSFT NOTE: This idea was separated from http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295056-storage/suggestions/8306178-improve-work-folders-feature, which originally contained multiple ideas. Please always supply only one idea in a given posting, so that your supporters and Microsoft can evaluate them easily as single units.
Andrew Bucklin commented
Great news! Refer to link below: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/filecab/2018/01/08/work-folders-on-demand-file-access-feature-for-windows-10/
This is the only thing stopping our organization from using this product. :-(
I hope to see this fixed soon.
Benoit Machiavello commented
The reality is that Microsoft has too much technology similar, and none is perfect.
Folder Redirection + offline files
Onedrive/Onedrive for business
Stop that ! this is counterproductive
You are developping X times the same thing, a new feature arrive in one technology, but is never carried on others.
The next onedrive client in Windows seems great, the onedrive on-demand is important for a lot of IT department, so why not using the same "technology" in background to made available files from Onedrive, from work folders, or for redirected folder with offline files.
It's the same thing at the end.
you just have to offer an onedrive "on premise"
Without this functionality, many users need a separate network drive (back to the old home drive) to store large work files that are not actively needed. Syncing them to local drive would fill the disk. So either synced folders should be selectible or folders/files marked as online only (until opened). Dropbox is great for looking at how this can be done properly.
I should add that I work in large environments that cannot use OneDrive or any external cloud service for this due to data classification and partly by country laws. Work Folders would be the most ideal of the remaining options.
Andrew Bucklin commented
This is a must! Many users would like to use Work Folders on their personal devices or Windows-based tablets, but in many instances, the total size of their Work Folders prevents them to being able to use it on these devices with less available storage space. One idea is the way DropBox has implemented this feature ("Smart Sync"), where placeholders are used and the files are not downloaded locally until the user attempts to open it or manually selects an entire folder to be synced to the device.
At this point, we're having to tell users to move their old folders / data outside of Work Folders to a separate folder on their C drive, which is less than desirable from a user standpoint and the system administrator's standpoint.
Fabian Uhse commented
Very good point. We have been implementing this for our iOS and Android App but haven't done that yet on Windows. We are looking into it .... :)