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  1. Add Azure File sync compatibility with Windows Server 2012

    Please add Azure File sync compatibility with Windows Server 2012

    Till today there are only agents for Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016.

    Windows Server 2012 supports SMB 3.0, WMF 5.1 (and Powershell AzureRM 4.3.1) as listed System Requirements.

    So maybe it should work? Thanks a lot

    21 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow Tiering Based on Other Attributes

      In preview, there is only a simple tiering policy: volume free space percentage. When enabled, it tiers based on a "heat map" formula, which looks at last modified and last accessed. It would be helpful to allow tiering directly based on one or more attributes like last modified, last accessed, creation date, or file type.

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      • Add Azure File sync compatibility with Windows Server 2008 R2

        We'd like to use Azure File Sinc but our company is using Windows Server 2008 R2, and switching to Windows Server 2012 or 2016 is almost impossible to accomplish, specially when most of our activity is moving to cloud. This would solve our impossibility to move everything to Azure Files, since we can't access our files in the cloud because our systems (Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2) can't use SMB3.0.

        Any plans on bringing compatibility to this OS?

        Thanks!!

        9 votes
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        • Allow use of Azure Files (SMB) on Azure web apps (Paas)

          Title says it all I think.

          It would be nice to have a persistent way to store files in Azure Web apps, by using standard file operations (System.IO.*).

          (Sorry if this was asked before, but I couldn't find it. Feel free to point out the original one and delete this one, in that case)

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          • Avoid auto-generated duplicate files in Azure File Sync

            I use Azure File Sync to keep a couple web sites synchronized between a local VM and 2 Azure VMs. The files are stored in an SMB share on Azure Files and accessed directly by IIS 10.
            The issue I had a couple times recently, is that a modified file gets automatically duplicated. For example, in the "App_Code" folder of my ASP.Net site, I have a file named "footer.cs". After modifying it locally or through one of the Azure VMs, after a few hours, a new file appears named "footer-Cloud.cs", containing an older version of the same file. This breaks…

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            • Appliance for Azure File Sync

              I want to use Azure File Sync on easy/small server.
              no-RAID, less-storage, less-price, less-install, less ITpro,
              and order at Online store, or order at PC shop,
              and starting Azure Files Storage within few minutes.

              I hope a appliance for using Azure Files Storage with Azure File Sync.

              3 votes
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              • Add support for server core installations for File Sync

                Currently only the full UI versions of 2012 R2 and 2016 are supported. Add support for core installations.

                25 votes
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                • Schedule snapshot for Azure Files

                  I want to schedule snapshot of Azure Files.
                  Every morning, Every Monday, etc.
                  For trouble each users, they can restore files at morning. or Monday.
                  IT pro can say, Hey you can back to morning who trouble any.

                  43 votes
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                  • Appliance for Azure File Sync

                    I want to use File Server for Azure File Sync with cloud tiering with low-operations to start.
                    The File Server need IP, Name with Active Directory Join at on-premise.
                    and Azure Portal can add the File Server to Azure File Sync.
                    The File Server OS may use Server Core of Windows Server.
                    So, It may start as File Server within 5 minutes.

                    No RAID, No Backup,
                    Low CPU, Low Memory, Low Storage, Low Operations

                    I hope to the appliance for Azure File Sync.

                    6 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We definitely think it makes sense to have a pre-configured “appliance” that you can use with Azure Files/Azure File Sync. I see this taking two separate forms: 1) better integration between Windows Server and Azure File Sync, so it’s easier to setup and manage a cloud-connected file share; 2) partner solutions/appliances which work well with Azure File Sync. Other than say it’s something we’re looking into, I don’t have more to share at this time.

                      Please continue to vote for this item if this is something you wish to see! This will help us get this work item committed and underway!

                      Thanks,

                      Will Gries
                      Program Manager, Azure Files

                    • Enhance Azure Files / Azure File Sync to include document icons

                      In Azure Files (specifically with Azure File Sync), it would enhance the user experience if the document icons would show what we're used to on a File Server vs the generic icons.

                      24 votes
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                      • Support Azure File Storage in Freebsd based VMs

                        Support Azure File Storage in the Freebsd based VMs.

                        Currently it's unable to mount the Azure File Storage in a Freebsed based VM.

                        6 votes
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                        • Possibility to map a azure file storage via GPO

                          Momently its not possible to map a azure file storage share via GPO, because the two fields for username and password are greyed out.

                          8 votes
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                          • Support WAN acceleration for Azure Files (SMB 3.x) like Riverbed SteelHead

                            Provide official support for WAN acceleration units like Riverbed SteelHead for Azure Files. This will remove some of issues related to latency over the Internet.

                            5 votes
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                            • Add support for distributed and/or centralized BranchCache mode for Azure Files

                              Add support for distributed and/or centralized BranchCache mode for Azure Files to provide better end user experience and remove some of the issues with latency.

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                              • Support deduplication of files stored in Azure Files

                                Add support for deduplication of files stored in Azure Files to save storage space (cost). General file savings are about 50% when using deduplication in Windows server

                                31 votes
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                                • Mobile client for Azure Files

                                  Create a mobile client for iOS and Android for accessing files on Azure Files. It could be part of OneDrive, Outlook or just a completely new app.

                                  Read-only offline copy support would also be great

                                  38 votes
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                                  • Add File Storage Account backups or snapshots

                                    We are currently making use of the file storage options in a Storage Account but have no method (outside of mounting the endpoint to a Windows Server) of backing up the files stored within.

                                    Please implement either snapshotting or integration with the backup service

                                    32 votes
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                                    • ability to backup file service storage with automatic retentions

                                      ability to backup file service storage with automatic retentions directly from the backup vault

                                      65 votes
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                                      • 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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                                        • Provide an actual "read-only" role for Azure File Service

                                          The reader role available in RBAC doesn't really do what you think it'd do when applied to Azure File Service. A user with this role can't even see the Azure File Service when browsing the storage account.

                                          As I understand it this is by design as the reader role works on Azure objects and not on files and folders.

                                          What I need is a method that prevents users from accidentally deleting files or folders by giving them read-only access to the actual files and folders. I don't need fine grained control over access to files and folders, just a straightforward…

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