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  1. 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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    114 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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. Long term we will add this capability and have automatic immediate sync.

    There is now a way to trigger sync to happen on files that are placed directly in the Azure File share. With this new cmdlet you can point sync to particular files or directories and have it look for changes right then. This is intended for scenarios where some type of automated process in Azure is doing the file edits or migrations are done by an admin (like moving a new directory of files into the share). For end-user changes, the best thing to do is install Azure File Sync in an IaaS VM…

  2. Global File Locking for Azure File Sync

    For Azure File Sync on multiple geographically diverse servers, lock files across the enterprise to eliminate conflicts.

    For example, a user in Chicago opens a spreadsheet on a local server, and that server is running Azure File Sync to a share that is also mounted by a server in Atlanta also running Azure File Sync. The file lock for the spreadsheet should be global, preventing write access in Atlanta when opened in Chicago.

    See Panzura.com for reference.

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  3. 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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    100 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

  4. 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?

    420 votes
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  5. 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.

    379 votes
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    10 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback! As we work to get Azure Files to parity with Windows File Server, we absolutely agree this functionality is required. For now, I’m leaving this item open so we can collect feedback on it – please vote for it to help us prioritize it!

    Thanks,

    Will Gries

  6. Audit logging on Azure Files

    We would like to move our shared files to Azure Files but we can't as we are regulated to audit access to our files.
    We need Azure files to have the same audit capabilities as Office 365.

    347 votes
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  7. Tiering for Azure File shares

    Being able to tier between different storage tiers in Azure Files would help customers optimize the cost/performance ratio of storage. Azure Blob storage supports tiering through "lifecycle management".

    259 votes
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  8. Azure Files Network Drive Mapping with Intune Policies

    Would be very handy to see Intune option of mapping network drive directly to Azure AD Joined devices. In Intune there is no option even to map regular network drives, but Azure File Shares would be game changer.

    254 votes
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  9. Support Azure File Sync integration with NAS devices

    It would be useful to integrate with on-premises NAS devices such as Synology, NetApp, etc. Customers often have existing devices in offices that could be leveraged as front-ends for Azure Files through Azure File Sync, and NAS devices can be an affordable option for smaller businesses.

    209 votes
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  10. Allow RDS User Profile Drives to be stored in Azure Files.

    Currently we have to build a Scale-Out File Server using Storage Spaces Direct for redundant storage of Remote Desktop Services User Profile Drives. Would be much easier if this was available as part of Azure Files.

    161 votes
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  11. 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

    159 votes
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  12. Azure Files and Azure File Sync must support all unicode characters

    Azure Files and Azure File Sync do not support all unicode characters/characters supported by NTFS. This is particularly challenging when working with languages with non-Latin charactersets (see this post on issues supporting Japanese charactersets: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/ja-JP/1ed730a9-9a4d-40dd-b84e-6f184e35e633/).

    This is also a significant adoption blocker when trying to adopt Azure File Sync, as file names on NTFS that are valid are rejected by Azure Files.

    146 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for the feedback! This is an issue we are aware of and are actively working to close this gap this year. Please feel free to continue to vote for this item to help us prioritize this effort.

    Thanks,

    Will Gries
    Program Manager, Azure Files

  13. Pls. enable authentication support for Azure File SMB access using Azure AD credentials from Windows 10 devices joined to Azure AD.

    Pls. enable authentication support for Azure File SMB access using Azure AD credentials from Windows 10 devices joined to Azure AD.

    121 votes
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  14. Changeable "last-modified" file property on Azure File Service

    At the moment, our application stores its documents in a normal folder on a network share. The “Last Modification Time” of the files are important for internal version-handling, and our application heavily uses this file-property.

    Now we decided to move our documents into the cloud and we started using Azure File Service Preview. When we upload the documents via REST API, the “Last-Modified” property of the uploaded files get the current-time – that’s reasonable.

    But unfortunately afterwards the “Set File Properties” REST API call (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn166975.aspx) does not support the change of the “Last-Modified” property. (I tried both with…

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

    Thanks for this feedback. Long term, we would like the File REST API for Azure Files to be a superset of the functionality available in SMB. In the short term, we are looking to close some of the gaps in the API that are most painful, like the file attributes that you can set via SMB but not File REST.

    We would appreciate further feedback on this item, in particular feedback on the things that you can do today over SMB but not REST to help us prioritize the order in which we close the gap!

    Thanks,

    Will Gries
    Program Manager, Azure Files

  15. Windows 10 Support for Azure File Sync

    We have a scenario where we would like to sync using Azure File Sync from Windows Enterprise 10 clients.

    103 votes
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  16. consider azure premium files share for desktop applications which need heavy worloads, latency < 1ms, high I/O but only need 100gb size

    We have a .net desktop application for exporters. and run it well in our pc and Area network. We now built a premium files share storage with 500g
    and make a share path with our local machine, we found it works become very slow. if we only open one database file and edit,update one item, it only a little slow. but when we will open,create,update many item and many files. it become very very slow. We also do it from vm machine. when we excute out desktop allpication in vm machine. it is fine. but when we link files share…

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

    Hi folks,

    While we have made premium file shares generally available, we agree there is ongoing performance work associated with them.

    One of the big performance related items is one you touched on in the description: performance when doing activity on many files at once. Azure Files, on both premium and standard, performance best for read/write operations with few handle/metadata operations (i.e. databases) and less good for scenarios that require lots of handle and metadata operations. We are working to improve this performance category and hope to have more to share soon.

    Thanks,

    Will Gries
    Program Manager, Azure Files

  17. Ignore Conditional Headers on File Storage requests via Browser

    Conditional Headers are added to requests made by Edge and some other browsers. This means after the first visit, a file stored in Azure File storage cannot be accessed again as the browser sends Conditional Headers in the request (specifically the "If-range" header).

    The URL-based file access is a documented and supported method of access. Perhaps the service should ignore the conditional headers if not supported instead of erroring out.

    This request is not asking for support of the headers, simply that it doesn't error and serves the original file when such conditional headers are sent.

    This is documented here,…

    76 votes
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  18. 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.

    67 votes
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  19. Recycle bin for Azure File Shares

    Using Azure File Shares as network drives but there's no method for users to recover individual files/folders. This would also enable users to recover their own files, instead of requiring an IT support incident.

    Alternatively, if that's not possible, increase the Azure backup frequency for File Shares from 1 day (current shortest period) to hourly

    66 votes
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  20. Enable custom domains for Azure Files

    It would be convenient if custom domains were also supported for Azure Files.

    58 votes
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