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  1. 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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    139 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    You can now use the Azure CDN to access blobs with custom domains over HTTPS. See the following article for instructions on how to do so: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/storage-https-custom-domain-cdn. Having talked to a number of customers, we concluded that this solution addresses many scenarios where the need for HTTPS access to blobs with custom domains exists.

    Native Azure Storage support for using SSL to access blobs at custom domains is still on our backlog. We would love to hear about your scenarios where using the Azure CDN is not an acceptable solution, either by posting on this thread or sending us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

  2. 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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    161 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

  3. Add TableStorage LINQ query support for Select, Count and Contains

    Critical functions such as Select, Count and Contains are not currently available when querying TableStorage data.

    If I only want a total number of rows that match a certain criteria I have no choice but to retrieve the data, count it and throw it away.

    Adding support for Select would also help with heavy queries by only returning the data selected from a query.

    Contains would be useful for searching. Using the Compare function is annoying.

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    48 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Support secondary Indexes

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

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    83 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. 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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    11 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. 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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    50 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

  7. 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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    21 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. Today, you can use the “Copy Blob” API as a workaround.

    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.

  8. 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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    12 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Add NFS Protocol Support Azures Files Shares OR Support old CFS clients

    Azure files shares are awesome. It basically provides a great PAAS NAS for a group of Azure VMs, I can't overstate how useful this feature is.

    It's still in preview, but there is a significant problem that won't get added by the time it goes GA. The problem is that many Linux CIFS clients that come on standard builds won't support it. My example is that neither Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.4, nor 7.0 support it (using the Azure templates), even after installing the latest supported CIFS clients.

    Since Azure Files shares are basically like NAS for Azure VM's, please realize…

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    under review  ·  13 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Add an atomic Increment operator on table storage. See MongoDB for example.

    It's hard to create pre-aggregated counters in table storage when using multiple workers. For example, a page hit counter will have wrong counts if incremented by pulling work from a queue and updating an entity representing the page using multiple workers.

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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Extend Windows Explorer so that it integrates with Windows Azure Storage

    Why pay for 3rd party tools when we could use a built-in Windows application? Windows Explorer is the most natural way to utilize the storage services of Windows Azure. Drag and drop files to copy them between the local file system and blob storage; use a custom view to display/edit tabular data in table storage and messages in queue storage.

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

    Thank you for your feedback! At the moment, we have no plans to extend the Windows Explorer to allow interactions with blobs, tables or queues. However, we have now released a free tool for doing everything that you mentioned – the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer http://storageexplorer.com/. We now also offer Azure File Storage which allows you to mount an Azure File Share that can be accessed via the Windows Explorer.

  12. 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?

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    21 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Support HTTP/2 and SPDY

    With all the major browsers behind http/2 and deployed spdy/3 (chrome/ff/IE11) please implement this for Azure Storage

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    6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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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    9 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. 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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    11 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. HTTP compression support for Azure Storage Services (via Accept-Encoding/Content-Encoding fields)

    Add support for 'Accept-Encoding' and 'Content-Encoding' fields in the HTTP request in Azure Storage Services with supported compression schemes gzip and deflate. This should helps reduce network payload by 10x-50x in some cases like saving/loading bulk records to Azure Table Storage.

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    15 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Queues - Add Multiple Messages in a Single Transaction

    “Enhance the Queue API” (http://feedback.windowsazure.com/forums/217298-storage/suggestions/1574639-enhance-the-queue-api) had two features. One was to be able to update the invisibility timeout of a message, which is now completed. The other was to be able to add multiple messages in a single request. If you want that feature, please vote here.

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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Queues  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Allow anonymous public access to Azure File Storage the same as Blob Storage

    We want to enable public anonymous read access to web files stored on file storage just like we can do for blob storage. This would allow legacy applications on our IIS servers to continue to access a single SMB share while enabling end users (browser sessions) direct access to web files rather than going back to our IIS servers to retrieve them. We understand that there are other ways around this, like pushing the files into the Azure CDN or using azcopy to move them to blob storage, but public anonymous read access to the file storage in the same…

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

    Thank you for your feedback. We plan to support Shared Access Signature in Azure Files via REST API to allow anonymous public access to data in the file share. However we do not have a specific timeline to share yet.

  19. 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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    7 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. 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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