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  1. 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.

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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

    • replication

      Support ZRS replication for BLOB storage accounts.

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        0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          1 comment  ·  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.

        • Server side delete, rename of virtual folder

          Currently if I have millions of documents inside a virtual folder, there is not way to delete them without actually iterating through everything, which is extremely time consuming (weeks to process deletions)

          For example, if you have multiple containers, which in turn have multiple virtual folders with millions of blobs, moving, renaming or deleting the "folder" is impossible without some painfully slow iterating through everything.

          thanks!

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            0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Improve case sensitivity options by providing optional auto to lowercase

            Recently we attempted to migrate from windows file store to azure blob storage and ran into the problem of case sensitivity with azure blobs. We were migrating html based marketing assets which would be a nightmare to attempt to find all the URL's to assets and to lowercase them. Alternative we would need to write a small site that sits in front to lower case all requests. This would require us to first rename all blobs to ensure they are lowercased. In addition to this we would also need to write something that would upload a file to blob and…

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              0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Azure Storage - Delete Blob with Snap Shot Fails - Error 409 Conflict

              We were creating a snapshot each time we updated a blob to preserve the version of the blob. However when we tried to delete the blob we received Error 409 Conflict (error msg did not tell us why). When we changed the delete statement from await blockBlob.DeleteIfExistsAsync() to await blockBlob.DeleteIfExistsAsync(DeleteSnapshotsOption.IncludeSnapshots, null, null, null) the delete worked. Apparently having snapshots associated to a blob causes a delete conflict. Makes sense but can we have a more descriptive error message? Thanks!

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                under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Physical Import/Export Locations

                Physical Import/Export Locations (perhaps Microsoft Retail Stores) where we can bring our drives to have data uploaded/downloaded from Azure, without the delay of shipping. If this also removed the per drive cost, we could also partition our data across more drives, improving performance further.

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                  0 comments  ·  Import/Export  ·  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 →
                  • 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 →
                    • 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 →
                      • 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  ·  Unmanaged Disks Storage  ·  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 →
                          • 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  ·  Unmanaged Disks Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • CloudStorageAccount.Parse(): Support SafeString

                              CloudStorageAccount.Parse(): Today takes string as parameter, as it contains username/password, I think it would be better if it took a SafeString.

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                                0 comments  ·  General  ·  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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                                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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.

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