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  1. 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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    186 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

  2. Provide retention policies for Azure File Sync Snapshots

    Provide retention policies for AFS snapshots.
    Retention policies define the time period/interval and define the total amount of snapshots retained.
    These amount of (retained) snapshots should be categorized in Hourly (h:00), Daily (0:00), Weekly (Sunday), Monthly (1st day of month) and are part of the retention policies.
    Garbage collection takes care of removing expired snapshots.

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

    Thanks for the feedback! Azure File Sync automatically takes share snapshots and file snapshots for internal use. We also have our own logic about when to remove these snapshots. We’re interested to know what you think about this – please vote for this item and comment below if you think we need better/different controls/reporting for this.

    If what you actually want is the ability to do snapshots and have retention policies for snapshots for the purpose of Backup, please vote on this item: https://feedback.azure.com/forums/217298-storage/suggestions/31827694-schedule-snapshots-of-azure-file-shares

    Thanks,

    Will Gries
    Program Manager, Azure Files

  3. Automatically mount an Azure file share to a Windows clients using 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.

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    5 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Support multiple storage accounts in Azure Storage Emulator

    The Azure Storage Emulator only supports a single fixed account (devstoreaccount1).

    This makes integration testing and development on the same machine a pain, as we would like to be able to clear the integration testing account entirely before and after each test sequence, without removing development data.

    The connection string to the new account could use the extended syntax (see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-use-emulator#authenticating-requests-against-the-storage-emulator - not "UseDevelopmentStorage=true"), with the same account key but a different account name, and if need be, different ports for blob/table/queue endpoints.

    97 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Storage Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. Providing this functionality is on our backlog but there is no ETA we can share at this time. We have logged this request in the GitHub repository for the new open source storage emulator, Azurite. Please continue the discussion there: https://github.com/Azure/Azurite/issues/40. We will provide updates when they become available on this ask as well as in the GitHub repository. For any further questions, or to discuss your specific scenario, send us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

  5. 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.

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  6. Make the $logs container read only

    We need to be sure that all audit logs are there and can not be modified/deleted. Now it is possible to delete audit log files from the $logs folder.

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    1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 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

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

    Thanks for the feedback! Although 2012 and 2012 R2 are quite similar from a user perspective, we don’t believe that it’s a completely trivial port to get Azure File Sync running on Windows Server 2012.

    We are however very open to bringing this to 2012, so please help us prioritize this work based on your continued votes!

    Thanks,

    Will Gries
    Program Manager, Azure Files

  8. We would like to audit/log delete operations on Azure blob storage containers. Currently we can only do this at a Storage Account layer.

    We are simply looking for more granularity with our storage logging in Azure. If someone were to view/delete our blob containers, we would like to see these operations logged and have the ability to alert on them.

    25 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Support deduplication of Azure storage objects (blobs and 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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    9 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 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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    72 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

  11. Manage SAS Token by Name and Include in Audit Logs

    Give SAS tokens a name when generating then:
    - allow report/table of all generated token
    - allow revoke of exisiting token (or modification of access)
    - use the SAS token name in storage audit logs

    At the moment, the storage access logs do not show any useful information about who has made access, and this is critical to a practical audit function.

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

    Thank you for your feedback. Currently you can use a stored access policy to manage revocation of an existing token. You are also able to track requests made using an existing stored access policy in the storage account logs. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-dotnet-shared-access-signature-part-1#controlling-a-sas-with-a-stored-access-policy for more details. For any further questions, or to discuss your specific scenario, send us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

  12. 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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  13. Make blob storage publisher publish snapshot events for Event Grid

    Currently the blob storage publisher can publish BlobCreated and BlobDeleted when an object is created/update and deleted respectively. However no events are published when a blob is snapshotted.

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    1 comment  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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…

    67 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Unmanaged Disks Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Support mounting Azure file shares in FreeBSD

    Support mounting an Azure file share in FreeBSD. Currently FreeBSD is unable to mount Azure file shares.

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

    Thank you for your feedback! In this case, the reason why an Azure file share cannot be mounted on FreeBSD is because of the SMB support provided in the OS distribution rather than a limitation we have on the Azure Files service side. That said, we have contributed to Linux to support SMB 3.0 with encryption in the past, so we would like to investigate how to make Azure Files work on FreeBSD as well.

    To help us prioritize this ask, please continue to vote for this item.

    Thanks,

    Will Gries
    Program Manager, Azure Files

  16. 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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  17. ability to backup file service storage with automatic retentions

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

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  18. See total size used by container/share and by storage account

    We have multiple storage accounts each with blobs and other objects. The dashboards should show the total disk usage at every level: across all storage accounts, when clicking on a blob, the total for each folder, etc. Right now, one needs to get to the individual file level to see the size and manually sum it up.

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  19. 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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  20. Please implement static IP address or Reserved IP address for Blob, file, table, queue services in Storage Account.

    We use IP address filtering on our firewall settings in our company network. Now, we need to download IP address range which Microsoft Azure uses once a week and reconfigure our firewall settings if they have any change. That is burden on us. Please implement static IP address or Reserved IP address for Blob, file, table, queue services in Storage Account.

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