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  1. Provide an actual "read-only" role for Azure File Service

    The reader role available in RBAC doesn't really do what you think it'd do when applied to Azure File Service. A user with this role can't even see the Azure File Service when browsing the storage account.

    As I understand it this is by design as the reader role works on Azure objects and not on files and folders.

    What I need is a method that prevents users from accidentally deleting files or folders by giving them read-only access to the actual files and folders. I don't need fine grained control over access to files and folders, just a straightforward…

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      0 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Azure Control Panel functionality for snapshots or incremental backup

      I know that data is replicated but that doesn't protect against logical errors, accidental removal by admin or hacker screwing up the data.

      So I really would like to see this done natively from Azure instead of building my own backup systems like these:
      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2010/04/30/protecting-your-blobs-against-application-errors.aspx

      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2010/05/03/protecting-your-tables-against-application-errors.aspx

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

        Our apologies for not updating this ask earlier. We view this ask as a set of related features. Soft-Delete for Blobs will address data loss as a result of logical errors. It will provide functionality to automatically generate and retain snapshots each time data is deleted or overwritten. You will be able to restore this data within a configurable retention period. This feature is at the front of our backlog.

        Object Versioning for Blobs will also address data loss as a result of logical errors. It will provide an interface to store and access multiple versions of the same object. This feature is also on our backlog.

        Write Once Read Many (WORM) protection for Blobs will disable object modification (by anyone, including administrators and hackers) for a specified period of time. This feature is also on our backlog for delivery after Soft-Delete and Object Versioning.

        We will be…

      • 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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          6 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.

        • 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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            45 comments  ·  Tables  ·  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.

            1,227 votes
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              41 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  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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                7 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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 →
                • Support secondary Indexes

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

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                    80 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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                      69 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  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 →
                      • 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 →
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                            5 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

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                              under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • AzCopy should support /MIR option like robocopy

                              I would like the performance of AzCopy and the functionality of robocopy /MIR which will incrementally copy a local folder to Azure block blobs including deleting blobs that no longer exist in the local folder. The scenario is wanting to one-way sync a local directory with a blob container. The reverse would also be helpful of one-way synchronizing block blobs to a local directory. Currently I don't believe AzCopy can delete files from the destination.

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                                3 comments  ·  AzCopy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Api to get blob storage Container Size

                                It would be very useful to have an api for container size retrieval. Fetching all blob metadata is not efficient.

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                                  6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Storage analytics at the container level is on our backlog, but is unlikely to be released in the coming year. Currently, account level analytics are available. In order to monitor, diagnose and troubleshoot an Azure Storage account, please see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/storage-monitoring-diagnosing-troubleshooting. In .Net you can now use the microsoft.windowsazure.storage.analytics class to process these metrics https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/microsoft.windowsazure.storage.analytics.aspx

                                • Support HTTP/2 and SPDY

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

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                                    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support "skip" in Azure Table

                                    MSDN says the "take" operator is only supported for the first 1,000 rows...

                                    I need to access row number 5,000 in a highly partitioned storage layout. Support for "skip" is a requirement if we are to continue development.

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                                      under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Tables  ·  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 →
                                      • 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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                                          2 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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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                                            10 comments  ·  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.

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