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  1. Rename blobs without needing to copy them

    Copying blobs in order to rename them is a heavy operation, especially when the blob is big, or when you need to change many files, such as when changing a directory name.

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      7 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Our apologies for not updating this ask earlier. Renaming Blobs is on our backlog, but is unlikely to be released in the coming year. Using the Azure Files service you can address Azure Storage like a network share using the SMB2.1 protocol.  This enables usage of normal Windows API’s to rename files and directories.  You can get started with the Files service by visiting https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/storage-dotnet-how-to-use-files. For any further questions, or to discuss your specific scenario, send us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

    • make it possible to use SSL on blob storage using custom domains

      Currently you can use SSL but you have to user the standard URL. You can create a CNAME to your storage account but most browsers complain that the traffic was rerouted and is possibly an attack. There should be a way to install a domain certificate to your containers.

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        76 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          1 comment  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Infinite TTL for Queue Messages

          Currently messages in your Queue are discarded after 7 days. I'd like to have the option of messages living in my Queue until I get around to processing them no matter what..

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            under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Queues  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Increase the maximum message size of 64k. I know, Sb queues support 256k, but they are too darn slow. We don't need all of the features of

              Please increase the max message size limit of 64k. I know SB queues support 256k, but we don't need all the extra features and they are way too slow for our needs. We are in fact moving from SB queues to Storage queue now because of perf issues, and the only thing nipping at us is the reduced message size. 256k would be perfect and would make for a nice parity between the queue.

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                under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Queues  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Ability to delete from Table Storage by Partition

                There is no good way to delete multiple entries in Table Storage. All you can do is delete one at a time. For logging tables this can become VERY expensive. It would be great if we had the ability to use Partitions as a way to delete logical groups of data in Table Storage in a single transaction.

                This would allow for a partitioning scheme for grouping data in units that can easily be deleted. For example, logging data in WADLogsTable or rolling tables of data captured on a given partition can be archived easily and cleaned up.

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                  4 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add ability to view Azure Table size/entity count (rows)

                  Hi Mike,

                  I've created this idea as suggested on the forums: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/windowsazure/thread/ea18ae29-36a3-42c6-8420-877216efbd42

                  One of the big challenges in adopting azure table storage over traditional SQL storage is the ability to know how much data is stored and how it is being used.

                  Being able to break size/rows down by partition would be invaluable when trying to modify / optimize Partition & Row keys. (Given data doesn't always grow as we would expect, and new bottlenecks can & will emerge).

                  In addition the ability to view the usage data per table / partition would be fantastic.

                  Obviously there are ways of…

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                    8 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make StorageClient library more unit test friendly

                    Currently, a developer has to jump through hoops to unit test code written against the StorageClient library. There is no official guidance for unit testing your apps, and after looking around for what others were doing I settled on creating custom interfaces and objects that wrap the library like the guys did with: http://cloudstorageapi.codeplex.com/.

                    How about making official interfaces for the library and providing us with an testing-oriented in-memory implementation that we can use to immediatly begin unit testing our apps without any hassle.

                    109 votes
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                      under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Static website hosting in Azure blob storage

                      This would require supporting default file to render and somekind of redirect from root to a particular container.

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                        45 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 →
                        • 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?

                          147 votes
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                            11 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Azure Files - Access share by Azure AD credentials instead of by key

                            I have seen a lot of customers ask if Azure Files could be integrated with Azure AD authentication vs the standard Storage Account name/key. With the current model of Azure Files, it would be a security risk to create more than 2 File Shares as we don't have enough unique storage keys for each share.

                            208 votes
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                              10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thank you for your feedback. We have Azure AD integration in our backlog to address this scenario. However we do not have a specific timeline to share yet.

                            • Provide storage emulation for Mac and Linux

                              Storage emulation is Windows only. There should be something to be able to simulate blobs and tables for developing. This could be as simple as a SQLite database. The internet dependency slows testing and development.

                              290 votes
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                                under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Storage accounts on VNET or Disable key options

                                Allow storage accounts to be configured so that they can have external access disabled and be accessible only through a VNET. I would like to have a checkbox option that disabled all external access to the blob instead of just relying on keeping storage keys hidden. Even through keys can be rotated, they still always exist and could be used to gain unauthorized access.

                                This would be useful for storage accounts that only contain VHD's and never need the possibility of them being accessed externally. This would be one more layer of safety, as well as easier to audit /…

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                                  under review  ·  3 comments  ·  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 →
                                  • 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 →
                                    • Manage Stored Access Policies from Azure Portal

                                      Currently Stored Access Policies can only be managed via the REST API. It would be nice to manage them (especially view and revoke) via the Azure Portal. Currently every customer has to write their own UI for this.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Extend Table Storage Property Limit

                                        Currently, Azure Tables only support 255 properties (columns) on a single entity (row) and a max row size of 1MB. This should be greatly extended (e.g. 10x+), particularly since Azure does not offer Join query support. Without Join support, devs are forced to span large data structures across multiple tables. When querying the data, devs have to manage this extra complexity as well as suffer the performance penalties of querying against N tables and then performing their own post-join operation. Azure Tables scale great in one dimension (# rows), but horribly in the other (# columns). While Azure Tables should…

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                                          5 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support secondary Indexes

                                          Need to be able to sort on something other than the rowkey

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