One of the biggest changes that version 4 will bring to Syncplify.me Server!’s user base is the all-new Virtual File System. This is such an epic change that it’s actually one of the reasons why the release of v4 is taking longer than expected… but it will be worth the wait.
Check out the following comparison table to appreciate the main advantages of the new VFS over the previous approach (that was based on “virtual directories”):
|Virtual Directory Approach (v1, v2, v3)||Virtual File System (v4)|
|Virtual directories can only be placed directly under the user's home directory||In a VFS, virtual folders can be placed anywhere, even nested within each other|
|All virtual directories are accessed "as" the user who logged in (single impersonation)||In a VFS, each virtual folder can accessed "as" a different user profile (multiple impersonation)|
|Virtual directories mapped to UNC paths could not be accessed by "normal" user profiles, only by Windows or AD user profiles||Each virtual folder has its own impersonation criteria, so even "normal" user profiles can access virtual folders mapped to remote UNC paths|
The picture here below shows you a SFTP session made using the FileZilla client. The red commented arrows show you the actual location pointed by each virtual folder… because sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.