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  1. make it possible to use SSL on blob storage using custom domains

    Currently you can use SSL but you have to user the standard URL. You can create a CNAME to your storage account but most browsers complain that the traffic was rerouted and is possibly an attack. There should be a way to install a domain certificate to your containers.

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      112 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      You can now use the Azure CDN to access blobs with custom domains over HTTPS. See the following article for instructions on how to do so: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/storage-https-custom-domain-cdn. Having talked to a number of customers, we concluded that this solution addresses many scenarios where the need for HTTPS access to blobs with custom domains exists.

      Native Azure Storage support for using SSL to access blobs at custom domains is still on our backlog. We would love to hear about your scenarios where using the Azure CDN is not an acceptable solution, either by posting on this thread or sending us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

    • Static website hosting in Azure blob storage

      This would require supporting default file to render and somekind of redirect from root to a particular container.

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        64 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • ACL's for AzureFiles

        I've started experimenting with Azure Files. One of the features I'm lacking is the fact that you cannot give access to Folders/Files on AzureFiles based on Active Directory credentials. If you setup a typical fileshare one would like to be able to grant/revoke access to folders and files based on information of users in AD.

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          81 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add TableStorage LINQ query support for Select, Count and Contains

          Critical functions such as Select, Count and Contains are not currently available when querying TableStorage data.

          If I only want a total number of rows that match a certain criteria I have no choice but to retrieve the data, count it and throw it away.

          Adding support for Select would also help with heavy queries by only returning the data selected from a query.

          Contains would be useful for searching. Using the Compare function is annoying.

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            47 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • SFTP (and FTPS) protocol support for Azure Files

            Exposing the SFTP protocol would facilitate a bunch of scenarios where today 2 VMs (with all the management overhead that implies) are required.

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              71 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for the feedback! We are interested in collecting feedback on this request – please vote for it if this is something you like to see.

              We’re also interested in learning more what people want to use the SFTP/FTPS for and which protocol they prefer. Please feel free to leave us a comment letting us know more detail!

              Thanks,

              Will Gries
              Program Manager, Azure Files

            • Support secondary Indexes

              Need to be able to sort on something other than the rowkey

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                81 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide Time to live feature for Blobs

                If I need to provide a user (or external system) some data (blob) which might be outcome of some processing (or other) and it has some expiration time I'd like to just put a new blob and set TTL property with TimeSpan (or set absolute DateTime). When the period is over my blob is deleted. So I don't have to pay for it and don't need to spin up some service for doing it myself.

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                  32 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thank you for your feedback. We are currently in public preview of blob storage lifecycle management. The feature set offers a rich, rule-based policy engine which you can use to transition your data to the best access tier and to expire data at the end of its lifecycle. See our post on the Azure Blog to get started: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-blob-storage-lifecycle-management-public-preview/preview/.

                  For any further questions, or to discuss your specific scenario, send us an email at DLMFeedback@microsoft.com.

                • Azure Control Panel functionality for snapshots or incremental backup

                  I know that data is replicated but that doesn't protect against logical errors, accidental removal by admin or hacker screwing up the data.

                  So I really would like to see this done natively from Azure instead of building my own backup systems like these:
                  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2010/04/30/protecting-your-blobs-against-application-errors.aspx

                  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2010/05/03/protecting-your-tables-against-application-errors.aspx

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                    25 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thank you for your feedback. We view this ask as a set of related features.

                    Soft delete for blobs enables you to save and recover your data where blobs or blob snapshots are deleted. It does not protect against container or account deletion. This feature is currently generally available. You can see the announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/soft-delete-for-azure-storage-blobs-ga/ and the full documentation here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/storage-blob-soft-delete

                    Object versioning will also offer object-level protection, and will offer a few incremental improvements to soft delete. Specifically, it will make recovery of deleted data easier. This feature is planned for the coming year.

                    Container soft delete will protect against container-level deletion and modification. This feature is planned for the coming year as well.

                    Native support for blob backup will protect against account-level deletion and modification, and is currently on our backlog.

                    We will provide updates when they become available. For any further questions, or to discuss your…

                  • Provide me with full text search on table storage

                    Does what it says on the tin....really need better search capabilities over azure table storage.

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                      43 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      A common need for users of Azure Table Storage is searching data in a Table using query patterns other than those that Table Storage provides efficiently, namely key lookups and partition scans. Using Azure Search, you can index and search Table Storage data (using full text search, filters, facets, custom scoring, etc.) and capture incremental changes in the data on a schedule, all without writing any code. To learn more, check out Indexing Azure Table Storage with Azure Search: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/search/search-howto-indexing-azure-tables

                    • Add ability to view Azure Table size/entity count (rows)

                      Hi Mike,

                      I've created this idea as suggested on the forums: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/windowsazure/thread/ea18ae29-36a3-42c6-8420-877216efbd42

                      One of the big challenges in adopting azure table storage over traditional SQL storage is the ability to know how much data is stored and how it is being used.

                      Being able to break size/rows down by partition would be invaluable when trying to modify / optimize Partition & Row keys. (Given data doesn't always grow as we would expect, and new bottlenecks can & will emerge).

                      In addition the ability to view the usage data per table / partition would be fantastic.

                      Obviously there are ways of…

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                        8 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ability to delete from Table Storage by Partition

                        There is no good way to delete multiple entries in Table Storage. All you can do is delete one at a time. For logging tables this can become VERY expensive. It would be great if we had the ability to use Partitions as a way to delete logical groups of data in Table Storage in a single transaction.

                        This would allow for a partitioning scheme for grouping data in units that can easily be deleted. For example, logging data in WADLogsTable or rolling tables of data captured on a given partition can be archived easily and cleaned up.

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                          8 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Rename blobs without needing to copy them

                          Copying blobs in order to rename them is a heavy operation, especially when the blob is big, or when you need to change many files, such as when changing a directory name.

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                            13 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Our apologies for not updating this ask earlier. Renaming Blobs is on our backlog, but is unlikely to be released in the coming year. Today, you can use the “Copy Blob” API as a workaround.

                            Using the Azure Files service you can address Azure Storage like a network share using the SMB2.1 protocol.  This enables usage of normal Windows API’s to rename files and directories.  You can get started with the Files service by visiting https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/storage-dotnet-how-to-use-files.

                            For any further questions, or to discuss your specific scenario, send us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

                          • Add an atomic Increment operator on table storage. See MongoDB for example.

                            It's hard to create pre-aggregated counters in table storage when using multiple workers. For example, a page hit counter will have wrong counts if incremented by pulling work from a queue and updating an entity representing the page using multiple workers.

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                              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add NFS Protocol Support Azures Files Shares OR Support old CFS clients

                              Azure files shares are awesome. It basically provides a great PAAS NAS for a group of Azure VMs, I can't overstate how useful this feature is.

                              It's still in preview, but there is a significant problem that won't get added by the time it goes GA. The problem is that many Linux CIFS clients that come on standard builds won't support it. My example is that neither Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.4, nor 7.0 support it (using the Azure templates), even after installing the latest supported CIFS clients.

                              Since Azure Files shares are basically like NAS for Azure VM's, please realize…

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                                under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow user-based access to Blob Containers (for support employees)

                                For auditing purposes and to prevent data corruption, we want to give our support employees a user-centric, read-only access to Blob Containers in order to be able to investigate possible data corruptions (caused by bugs in systems).

                                This is not possible now because the security architecture of Blob Service does not even know the concept of users or roles.

                                SAS is not secure enough mechanism because it gives access to anyone by just sharing a link + you can't track who's actually using it.

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                                  9 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thank you for you feedback. Currently we are in public preview of Azure Active Directory authentication for storage. This feature set allows you to use Azure’s role-based access control framework to grant specific permissions to users, groups and applications down to the scope of an individual blob container or queue. You can see the public preview announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-preview-of-aad-authentication-for-storage/

                                  For any further questions, or to discuss your specific scenario, send us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

                                • Enable symlinks in Azure Files (SMB)

                                  There is no posibility to create symlinks on Azure Files Samba Shares. It must be enabled on Samba server. Maybe it should be an option?

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                                    12 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow Access to file storage configuration to use alternate port instead of often blocked port 445

                                    Allow Access to file storage configuration to use alternate port instead of often blocked port 445

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                                      12 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hi folks,

                                      We are evaluating what we can do to address this feedback and would very much appreciate your continued votes and suggestions on it.

                                      One alternative to mounting the share on-premises over port 445 is Azure File Sync, which enables you to create a cache of an Azure file share on an on-premises Windows Server. Azure File Sync only sends data over the Azure Files HTTPS (using the File REST APIs). You can learn more about Azure File Sync here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-sync-files-planning

                                      Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any additional questions!

                                      Thanks,

                                      Will Gries
                                      Program Manager, Azure Files

                                    • Enable immediate sync after changes on the Azure file share for Azure File Sync

                                      When I make a change on my server endpoint (Windows File Server), Azure File Sync initiates a sync session very quickly after file save, however for changes on the cloud endpoint (Azure file share), I have to wait at least 24 hours to have changes get synced down to my server endpoints.

                                      Please invest in features to initiate a sync session immediately after changes are made cloud-side, or at least increase the interval of sync from the Azure file share.

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                                        15 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for your feedback! As you mentioned, we initiate a change detection job once every 24 hours to enumerate the Azure file share and scan for changes. This is required for the Azure file share because Azure Files currently lacks a change notification mechanism like Windows Server has (we watching the USN journal on Windows Server to automatically initiate sync sessions on the server after changes are made).

                                        Long term, we would like to build a change notification mechanism directly into Azure Files. Shorter term, we could use your feedback to understand how painful the once every 24 hours change detection is for you. Please vote and/or leave comments on this item to let us know we should invest in work to make the change detection job run more frequently/faster.

                                        Thanks,

                                        Will Gries
                                        Program Manager, Azure Files

                                      • AzCopy should support /MIR option like robocopy

                                        I would like the performance of AzCopy and the functionality of robocopy /MIR which will incrementally copy a local folder to Azure block blobs including deleting blobs that no longer exist in the local folder. The scenario is wanting to one-way sync a local directory with a blob container. The reverse would also be helpful of one-way synchronizing block blobs to a local directory. Currently I don't believe AzCopy can delete files from the destination.

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                                          11 comments  ·  AzCopy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thanks for your feedback. We are now planning to add support for /MIR and rsync-like functionality in AzCopy. Unlike them, the sync mechanism will only work on based on time stamp and file size. Deleting files in the destination will be based on an optional flag.

                                          The first preview of this feature in AzCopy is expected to release around May, 2018.

                                        • Support HTTP/2 and SPDY

                                          With all the major browsers behind http/2 and deployed spdy/3 (chrome/ff/IE11) please implement this for Azure Storage

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