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  1. Attach VHD(x) to more than one VM at the same time

    Attach VHD(x) to more than one VM at the same time

    Having an option to attach the same VHD to a set of VMs would allow creating real HA clusters for single node applications - like databases. Storage could work just like iSCSI/FC/SAS SAN, being presented to two nodes, mounted on one. Also that would allow usage of GFS/OCFS2 filesystems to share data between cluster nodes if desired. AzureFiles suffers from every problem SMB have and is unreliable at best. The only other option is shared-nothing filesystems like moosefs/glusterfs.

    as far as I know there is "Shared VHDX" functionality in…

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      0 comments  ·  Disks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Storage Explorer v0.8.12 breaks if HOMEDRIVE offline

      V0.8.12 update has broken Storage Explorer for me with an "Unknown Error" when starting. As the error refers to "P:/" I suspect it is something to do with the HOMEDRIVE environment variable that points to that drive. This is a network drive enforced upon my by group policy but which I never use. As I am currently engaged in trial Azure development I generally have to work offline from the corporate network due to proxy server and firewall restrictions we are not yet ready to lift.

      I am working with our internal support to try and get GP exceptions but…

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        1 comment  ·  Storage Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Auto defragment append blobs

        Append blobs are great, however, when a such a blob is generated through a long series of small increments, the read performance of the resulting blob is very poor: from 10x to 20x slower than reading a regular page blob.

        The performance problem goes away if the app rewrite the append-blob in large 4MB chunks. However, this process is complicated to setup, and collides with any 'always-on' property of the app.

        As append blobs are append-only, it would be much better if Azure was taking care of defragmenting the append blobs on its own; possible through a dedicated API operation…

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          under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Remove or dramatically increase the max number of stored access policies per container, file share, table, or queue

          Today the maximum policy you can have is 5. This is way to low as we are using blob storage in a data sharing scenario between providers and consumers and we need to use policies to be able to revoke issued SAS tokens in this sharing scenario. 5 policies means that we can only control 5 SAS keys that can be revoked. We need a lot more.

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            0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide a way to encrypt or obfuscate blob names

            My application stores a lot of files containing user data, where each blob is named after a corresponding primary-key in a relational database.

            Currently my blob storage container is private and all requests for blobs are proxied through my web application.

            To reduce server load I would like to expose the blobs directly, however this would mean exposing the raw blob name to end-users, which gives away the unencrypted database primary-key value.

            I know I can prevent access to blobs using Shared Access Signatures however I don't need that kind of security - I just want to obfuscate blob names…

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              0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Ability to connect (via OData) to Azure blob storage STATISTICS.

              When we connect PowerBI to Azure blob storage, we retrieve a list of all blobs/files. We would also like to see the option to connect to the usage statistics of these same blobs.

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                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • A way to see billable size

                The blob billable size UI has been removed and changed to "Used size". Also, after inquiring with Azure support I have came to understand that calculating the size using API (e.g. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsazurestorage/2010/07/08/understanding-windows-azure-storage-billing-bandwidth-transactions-and-capacity/) is also incorrect. According to them there is no current way to calculate the billable size.

                Considering Microsoft can bill me correctly for the storage I use, I expect to understand how this bill is calculated.

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                  0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • A feature to enable storage diagnostics on / off when creating VM or Storage.

                  I have some complaints from users that they can not specify Diagnostics settings On / Off at the time they create a storage account.

                  When users create a new storage account, the storage account diagnostics is enabled by default and billing for storage analytics tables occurs because those tables are created automatically. Moreover users can’t notice those table storage being charged during usage if they are not familiar. Please add a feature to allow users to specify storage diagnostics On / Off when creating a storage account.

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                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Now that you've released Managed Disks, allow us to specify IOPS

                    This has been requested in other forms, but now that you have Managed Disks you're most of the way there. I would like to be able to say "I want a Managed Disk using standard storage, 1TB in size, with 2500 IOPS." Then you figure out how to configure storage to deliver those IOPS without me having to stripe disks, or whatever.
                    Or perhaps "I want a 1TB Managed Disk using premium storage with 15000 IOPS." Again, you figure out how to configure and provision that, so I don't have to. That would be awesome!

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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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

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                        1 comment  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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

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                          0 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          When will it be here?

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                            0 comments  ·  Import/Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Ability to specify IP range in the SAS URL when exporting Managed Disk

                            Managed disks is really great feature, however it seems that user can't specify IP ranges from which to accept requests in SAS URL when exporting the disk.

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                              0 comments  ·  Disks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve Search Performance for exact matches

                              We are currently using Azure Media Services which creates a new blob container for each asset. We currently have 40,000 distinct assets. When attempting to search from the blob container level using the exact container id it can take 10+ minutes. This seams to be searching for content within the containers as well. In contrast if we search Azure Media Services Explorer by id it is instant. It would be good to be able to have more control over how it searches

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                                0 comments  ·  Storage Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow a Default ContentType per Container

                                If all of the files in a blob storage container will be the same type, it would nice to set a default ContentType at the container level instead of having to set the type on each file as it's added.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • "Snapshot if exists" function

                                  At the present time, running the "Snapshot Blob" operation against a non-existent blob yields an error.

                                  It would be very useful to have a "Snapshot if exists" operation (or indeed an option on the present "Snapshot Blob"). So that if a blob does not exist, no error is generated.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • azcopy encryption / decryption needed for upload to BLOB storage

                                    AZCopy should allow for data to be encrypted prior to export and decrypted once in BLOB storage. This prevents un-encrypted data from streaming over the wire

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                                      1 comment  ·  AzCopy  ·  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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                                        2 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add a Chocolatey package for Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer

                                        Chocolatey makes it easy to install and upgrade programs. This should be easy to create with each deployment

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                                          0 comments  ·  Storage Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Update the Azure Import/Export Tool (WAImportExport.exe) to support the Larger Block Blobs available

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                                          1. Update the Azure Import/Export Tool (WAImportExport.exe) to support the Larger Block Blobs now available.

                                          21st December 2016 - New V1 Azure Import/Export Tool (WAImportExport.exe) available.
                                          https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/microsoft-azure-storage-import-export-announcements/
                                          22nd December 2016 - General Availability of Larger Block Blobs in Azure Storage, up from 195GB to 4.77TB.
                                          https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/general-availability-larger-block-blobs-in-azure-storage/

                                          Except the V1 Tool does not allow for the larger block blobs, and excludes any files that are over 195GB in size, even though Block Blob storage now supports this (a whole day later than the tool was announced).
                                          Guess I'll have to try and use /BlobType:PageBlob after the event and see…

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