Azure File Sync namespace download only

CS10NET 86 Reputation points
2022-01-28T16:07:26.883+00:00

We have added a server endpoint to a sync group with the option to "download namespace only" and have cloud tiering turned off. We are trying to download metadata only and only retrieve if the data is accessed. The goal will be to eventually turn on cloud tiering but trying to initially prove that the data is not downloaded to the server first. That doesn't seem to be the case because the total size of the folder is 25GB but the size on disk shows as 16GB. We see a lot of the grey X on the icons but not all files are like this.

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  1. deherman-MSFT 33,051 Reputation points Microsoft Employee
    2022-01-28T23:26:46.317+00:00

    @CS10NET
    Since you have cloud tiering disabled I believe this is the expected behavior. From the Initial download section:

    Cloud tiering is disabled
    New and changed files from other server endpoints will appear as full files on this server endpoint. They will not appear as tiered files first and then recalled. Tiered files with cloud tiering off are a fast disaster recovery feature and appear only during initial provisioning.

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