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  1. 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 →
    • Offer Premium Storage option for Azure File Service

      Offer Premium Storage for high I/O databases and applications when provisioning File Services

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        2 comments  ·  Files  ·  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?

        141 votes
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          10 comments  ·  Files  ·  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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            70 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  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 →
            • 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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                42 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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 →
                • 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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                    9 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.

                  • 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…

                    • 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  ·  8 comments  ·  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 →
                        • 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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                            3 comments  ·  Tables  ·  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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                              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 support for gzip and/or deflate on Table Storage

                              I noticed that the Storage team has gone to great lengths to reduce bandwidth usage by switching to JSON. Take this to the next logical step and add support for the Accept-Encoding header in the client libraries and have the server return content gzipped or deflated. JSON compresses quite nicely, especially if the entities returned from a query are similar, which they nearly always will be if you're querying on PartitionKey and RowKey

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                                2 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 TCP connections to table/blob storage from within the datacenter (low latency, ultra fast).

                                  We have the need for ultra-fast record range retrieval from table storage (a la on-site SQL Server) from our web roles in the same data center. This is driving a data-intensive BI engine that relies on low-latency access to massive streams of data. Currently, we are looking to MongoDB to fill this gap.

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                                    under review  ·  5 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 →
                                    • Support GZIP & DEFLATE Content-Encoding for List Blobs Responses

                                      For collections with large numbers of blobs, the XML response payload easily approaches 100s of MBs. In our testing, each block of 5000 objects resulted in a ~2.8MB response. This is without any other flags set (i.e. no snapshots, no metadata, no uncommitted blobs). The response XML is highly compressible. In our testing we saw a 93% size reduction. (2.8MB -> 210KB). This would be a huge improvement in transfer performance, and a large cost savings in egress bandwidth situations.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  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 →
                                        • 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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