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  1. 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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      12 comments  ·  Files  ·  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  ·  6 comments  ·  Queues  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Remove storage account quota per subscription

        Our application uses multi-tenant architecture. To provide better service/security to our customers we use one storage account per customer. Quota in 50 storage accounts per subscription makes difficulties to support such schema, because you need always to monitor the used number of accounts, ask support team to extend quota, in case when it is possible, if not then create new subscription for new ones.

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          5 comments  ·  Offers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for the request! Although there still is a storage account quota per subscription, we have increased it from 50 to 100 for users who need more accounts. Please refer to the Azure Subscription and Service Limits, Quotas, and Constraints page for some of the most common Microsoft Azure limits (including the maximum limit for storage accounts per subscription).

          http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-subscription-service-limits/

        • 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.

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            11 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.

          • Allow user-based access to Blob Containers (for support employees)

            For auditing purposes and to prevent data corruption, we want to give our support employees a user-centric, read-only access to Blob Containers in order to be able to investigate possible data corruptions (caused by bugs in systems).

            This is not possible now because the security architecture of Blob Service does not even know the concept of users or roles.

            SAS is not secure enough mechanism because it gives access to anyone by just sharing a link + you can't track who's actually using it.

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              2 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  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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                52 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  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 →
                • 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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                    9 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.

                  • 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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                      16 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. Recycle Bin 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 for delivery after Recycle Bin.

                      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.

                      We will be delivering…

                    • 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  ·  10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • AzCopy should support filtering of table entities

                        Just like a Pattern parameter for copying blobs, there should be a similar parameter for copying table entities.

                        It should be possible to filter both on partition and and row keys.

                        I personally find it quite seldom that I need to copy entire table.

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                          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Azure storage - WORM capable blobs

                          To better use Azure as a compliant storage for archiving, it'd be nice to have Azure to support WORM feature. More info is on the below thread:
                          http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsazure/en-US/79258196-b8e1-4e10-90f2-feed54d69d0e/azure-and-worm-for-compliance?forum=windowsazuredata

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                            under review  ·  1 comment  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  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.

                            427 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • One-time use SAS tokens

                              Essentially, I'd like to be able to create a Shared Access Signature that's only available for one-time use in addition to the existing time-based expiration.

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                                under review  ·  2 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  ·  4 comments  ·  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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                                    85 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.

                                  • 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 →
                                    • 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 →
                                      • 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 →
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