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  1. 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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      58 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • ACL's for AzureFiles

      I've started experimenting with Azure Files. One of the features I'm lacking is the fact that you cannot give access to Folders/Files on AzureFiles based on Active Directory credentials. If you setup a typical fileshare one would like to be able to grant/revoke access to folders and files based on information of users in AD.

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        69 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide Time to live feature for Blobs

        If I need to provide a user (or external system) some data (blob) which might be outcome of some processing (or other) and it has some expiration time I'd like to just put a new blob and set TTL property with TimeSpan (or set absolute DateTime). When the period is over my blob is deleted. So I don't have to pay for it and don't need to spin up some service for doing it myself.

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          24 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We are pleased to announce that we have made an Azure Logic Apps template available to expire old blobs. To set up this automated solution in your environment: Create a new Logic Apps instance, select the “Delete old Azure blobs” template, customize and run. We will release a blog post detailing instructions and providing more templates in the coming weeks.

          Allowing users to define expiration policies on blobs natively from storage is still planned for the coming year. As soon as we have progress to share, we will do so. We will continue to provide updates at least once per quarter. 

          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. Soft delete and automatic snapshots will help protect against accidental deletions and overwrites. Write Once Read Many (WORM) will disable modification (by anyone, including administrators and hackers) for a specified period of time.

            This work is planned for the coming year, and we will be delivering it in multiple phases. As soon as we have progress to share, we will do so. We will continue to provide updates at least once per quarter. For any further questions, or to discuss your specific scenario, send us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

          • 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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              5 comments  ·  AzCopy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for your feedback. We are now planning to add support for /MIR and rsync-like functionality in AzCopy. Unlike them, the sync mechanism will only work on based on time stamp and file size. Deleting files in the destination will be based on an optional flag.

              The first preview of this feature in AzCopy is expected to release around May, 2018.

            • Schedule snapshots of Azure file shares

              I want to schedule snapshot of Azure Files.
              Every morning, Every Monday, etc.
              For trouble each users, they can restore files at morning. or Monday.
              IT pro can say, Hey you can back to morning who trouble any.

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

                Thank you for your feedback! We working to provide this functionality through the Azure Backup offering. They are currently testing this functionality in a private preview, and are going to be entering a public preview soon. I will update this feedback item as soon as this is released.

                Thanks,

                Will Gries
                Program Manager, Azure Files

              • Allow setting Archive tier at the account and container levels

                Currently the archive tier can be set only at the blob level. There are plenty of uses cases for having entire storage accounts or containers for archival where setting the tier for each blob is tedious and non-value-adding.

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                  3 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Scale to Premium Storage from standard Storage

                  Please allow us to switch from Standard Storage to Premium Storage and the other way around. Or at least provide us with the option to scale up from Standard Storage to Premium Storage (one way).

                  The current process involves stopping the affected VM, copying the disk using AzCopy and recreating the VM in the new storage account.
                  I'm pretty sure Micorosft's team can take care of this process behind the scenes and just provide us with a user interface option and/or an API method.

                  Currently we have multiple VMs (about 20+) running on standard storage that need to be upgraded…

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                    1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add support for Server Core installations for Azure File Sync

                    Currently only the full UI versions of 2012 R2 and 2016 are supported. Add support for core installations.

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                      1 comment  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for your feedback! We are planning to add support for Server Core installations. We’re not taking any dependencies in the Azure File Sync agent on Full-only features, so supporting Core should be relatively straight-forward, however we do have two small dependencies to unwind. First, we have a dependency on the AzureRM PowerShell module, which right now requires Internet Explorer to be installed (which obviously is not available on Core). Second, we are working to make sure our installer is completely configurable from in an unattended mode.

                      Please continue to vote for this item to help us prioritize (and to help the AzureRM team have the evidence to support Windows Server Core).

                      Thanks,

                      Will Gries
                      Program Manager, Azure Files

                    • [Feature Request] Please enable customer to use alert rule and capacity graph for Premium Storage Accounts.

                      According to the document below, Premium Storage Accounts have the following limits.
                      - Azure subscription and service limits, quotas, and constraints
                      <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-subscription-service-limits/>
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                      Total disk capacity per account 35 TB
                      Total snapshot capacity per account 10 TB
                      Max bandwidth per account (ingress + egress1) <=50 Gbps
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                      We need to manage these capacities so that we can execute operations for Premium Storage Account without error.
                      Please enable customer to use alert rule and capacity graph for Premium Storage Accounts.

                      - Japanese
                      以下のドキュメントによるとプレミアムストレージアカウントには上限があります。

                      - Azure サブスクリプションとサービスの制限、クォータ、制約
                      < https://azure.microsoft.com/ja-jp/documentation/articles/azure-subscription-service-limits/ >
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                      アカウントごとのディスク容量合計 35 TB
                      アカウントごとのスナップショット容量合計 10 TB
                      アカウントごとの最大帯域幅 (受信 +…

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                        0 comments  ·  Premium Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Azure Files and Azure File Sync must support all unicode characters

                        Azure Files and Azure File Sync do not support all unicode characters/characters supported by NTFS. This is particularly challenging when working with languages with non-Latin charactersets (see this post on issues supporting Japanese charactersets: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/ja-JP/1ed730a9-9a4d-40dd-b84e-6f184e35e633/).

                        This is also a significant adoption blocker when trying to adopt Azure File Sync, as file names on NTFS that are valid are rejected by Azure Files.

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

                          Thank you for the feedback! This is an issue we are aware of and are actively working to close this gap this year. Please feel free to continue to vote for this item to help us prioritize this effort.

                          Thanks,

                          Will Gries
                          Program Manager, Azure Files

                        • 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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                            0 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for this feedback. Long term, we would like the File REST API for Azure Files to be a superset of the functionality available in SMB. In the short term, we are looking to close some of the gaps in the API that are most painful, like the file attributes that you can set via SMB but not File REST.

                            We would appreciate further feedback on this item, in particular feedback on the things that you can do today over SMB but not REST to help us prioritize the order in which we close the gap!

                            Thanks,

                            Will Gries
                            Program Manager, Azure Files

                          • Allow smaller premium drive sizes for VM

                            Currently the smallest premium disk size when creating a VM is 128 GB. We have many VM's that are used solely for computation intensive workload and large amounts of data are not stored to the operating system drive. A 64 GB option would be sufficient for the space we are using and help to reduce some of the premium storage costs.

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                              3 comments  ·  Managed Disk Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enable immediate sync after changes on the Azure file share for Azure File Sync

                              When I make a change on my server endpoint (Windows File Server), Azure File Sync initiates a sync session very quickly after file save, however for changes on the cloud endpoint (Azure file share), I have to wait at least 24 hours to have changes get synced down to my server endpoints.

                              Please invest in features to initiate a sync session immediately after changes are made cloud-side, or at least increase the interval of sync from the Azure file share.

                              17 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thanks for your feedback! As you mentioned, we initiate a change detection job once every 24 hours to enumerate the Azure file share and scan for changes. This is required for the Azure file share because Azure Files currently lacks a change notification mechanism like Windows Server has (we watching the USN journal on Windows Server to automatically initiate sync sessions on the server after changes are made).

                                Long term, we would like to build a change notification mechanism directly into Azure Files. Shorter term, we could use your feedback to understand how painful the once every 24 hours change detection is for you. Please vote and/or leave comments on this item to let us know we should invest in work to make the change detection job run more frequently/faster.

                                Thanks,

                                Will Gries
                                Program Manager, Azure Files

                              • Increase the number of attached Disks per Core

                                Please allow attaching more disks per core, or increase the max size of disk (1TB by default) without forcing upgrading the VM instance.
                                For my project I use A1 Standard VM instance and CPU/memory is sufficient for my project, but it needs more storage (up to 10TB).
                                I can't attach more disks without spending more on CPU/memory that my project doesn't require.
                                I think, we should be charged for capacities/storage we really use and not for what we're forced to use!
                                Please support it!

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                                  2 comments  ·  Managed Disk Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Implement viewer for json / csv blob files

                                  At the moment the only way to view a files in storage blobs is to download it and open it within an editor. This is fine for larger files, but for the smaller ones it would be a bit easier to be able to get a quick (pre)view of the file in the browser by just clicking it. Should not be that hard to implement an additional pane with a view of the raw file contents.

                                  9 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Display OS Disks and VM Images in Delete storage account blade

                                    There's many 'cannot delete storage resource' questions caused by OS disks or VM image references such as below;
                                    - https://feedback.azure.com/forums/217298-storage/suggestions/11525553-cannot-delete-storage-account
                                    - https://feedback.azure.com/forums/217298-storage/suggestions/10976463-failed-to-delete-storage-account-10-51-am-failed-t
                                    - http://stackoverflow.com/q/34362904/361100

                                    It would be good to provide VM disks and OS images information in "Delete storage account" blade summary page.

                                    7 votes
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