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  1. 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 →
    • 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.

      320 votes
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        under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        93 votes
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          under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Queues  ·  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.

          105 votes
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            under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Copy complete AzureFiles share

            Using XDrive we can make a copy or backup from a VHD using blob capabilities instantly - in the same storage account, the same datacenter or a different datacenter.

            Moving from XDrive to AzureFiles we are losing this capability. The VHDs may contain thousands of files. Copying those from an XDrive into a AzureFiles share or from one share to another takes a lot of time. Even when using AzCopy.

            It would be great if there was a possibility to create copies of whole shares the same way.

            362 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for your feedback. We already have Azure Files Share Snapshot in our backlog to address this scenario. We do not have a specific timeline to share yet.

            • 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.

              384 votes
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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.

              • 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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                  49 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?

                  150 votes
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                    11 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

                    44 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Files  ·  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!

                      58 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow Windows Azure Storage to filter the connection clients by their network info such as IP

                        Azure storage is protected using a connection string which contains credentials. Usually this connection string is placed in a configuration file. Reality tells us that information placed in configuration string leaks. It is likely that the storage configuration string will leak to non-authorized people. If someone has the connection string he owns your Azure storage!
                        It is not possible to compare Azure Storage connection string to SQL connection strings because SQL is not exposed to the web. Even if a bad guy has the connection string he cannot use it unless he get network access to the SQL server or…

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                          under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Improve case sensitivity options by providing optional auto to lowercase

                          Recently we attempted to migrate from windows file store to azure blob storage and ran into the problem of case sensitivity with azure blobs. We were migrating html based marketing assets which would be a nightmare to attempt to find all the URL's to assets and to lowercase them. Alternative we would need to write a small site that sits in front to lower case all requests. This would require us to first rename all blobs to ensure they are lowercased. In addition to this we would also need to write something that would upload a file to blob and…

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                            0 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.

                            1,563 votes
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                              45 comments  ·  Tables  ·  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.

                              132 votes
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                                under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support secondary Indexes

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

                                1,272 votes
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                                  80 comments  ·  Tables  ·  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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                                    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.

                                  • Add File Storage Account backups or snapshots

                                    We are currently making use of the file storage options in a Storage Account but have no method (outside of mounting the endpoint to a Windows Server) of backing up the files stored within.

                                    Please implement either snapshotting or integration with the backup service

                                    12 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Files  ·  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 →
                                      • 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 →
                                        • reduce the minimum Maximum Bandwidth on the Azure Backup Services Backup Agent to less than 512kbps

                                          The Backup Agent for Azure Backup Services includes a feature whereby the maximum bandwidth to be consumed by the agent can be set (according to whether part of the working day or not).

                                          This is a useful feature, but the minimum that the maximum bandwidth can be set to is 512kbps. This is higher than the upstream bandwidth available on many ADSL connections used by small businesses, rendering the feature useless. I suggest that the minimum maximum bandwidth is reduced, say to 128kbps or even 0kbps.

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                                            under review  ·  6 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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