Virtual Folders can be mapped into a server’s data directory and used to link, or map, external folders into a user’s directory space. In other words, in a Virtual Folder, data appears to reside within your computer’s native folder structure; however, the data is actually stored somewhere else. 

If you area Windows user, you can think of a Virtual Folder as a Windows Shortcut. For UNIX users, Virtual Folders are very similar to Symbolic Links.One of the benefits of Virtual Folders is the ability to access network shares. Cornerstone MFT Server supports the ability to add a UNC (Universal Naming Convention) path into the namespace. For example, if you have a share on your network called \\MyServer\My Music\, you can use Virtual Folder support to map that into your Server Data Directory as /public/My Music/ or /user/joe/My Music/.

Virtual Folders can be added at the Server, Group, or User level. Virtual Folders added at the User Level are limited to one specific user. Group-level Virtual Folders allow data to be shared with all users of a given group. 

When you add a Virtual Folder to a Cornerstone MFT Server configuration, the default Directory Access Permissions will be set to Read Only. Users with Read Only access are allowed to browse the folder and download information but aren’t able to modify the contents or upload files. The administrator can adjust user and group Directory Access Rights to Virtual Folder data.

For more detailed information on configuring and testing a Virtual Folder, see our Group-Level Virtual Folders with Titan FTP Server QuickStart.