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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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Hi folks,

We have shipped a public preview of integration with AAD DS: https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-active-directory-integration-for-smb-access-now-in-public-preview/

What we have in preview is a first step along a much larger roadmap for integration with AAD/AD for authentication and authorization. As the blog post says, this initial preview is really about Windows cloud VM access to the Azure file share with an AAD identity. Future refreshes to this feature will add non-Windows (Linux, macOS, etc) support, and the ability to mount the Azure file shares on-premises with your AAD identity. You can learn more about this in our Ignite session as well (at around 22:00): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMzh2M66E9o

We’ll keep you updated on our progress. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to continue posting feedback on this feature below.

Thanks,

Will Gries
Program Manager, Azure Files

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  • Simon Hudson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We were really hoping to be able to use Azure storage to replace file servers for several of our clients. To achieve this we need Active Directory integration, granular permission and the ability to migrate permissions from the existing file server to Azure file storage with the ability to remap the user identities in the process.
    I.e. we may move some of the clients to a pure Azure Active Directory model where they no longer have an on premise identity, so the old identity will need to be mapped to the new one.

  • Shuhei Uda commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We need you to permit ACL feature for Azure Storage (Blob, Table, Queue, Files).
    Since Azure Storage does not have source IP filtering now, it is unusable to save confidential data. (ex. personal information, payment data, security data, etc.)

    - Japanese
    Azure Storage (Blob, Table, Queue, Files) でアクセス制限を可能にしてほしい。
    現時点ではIP アドレスなどでアクセス制限ができないので、個人情報や金銭にかかわる情報などを保存する用途では使用できない。

  • Teppei Ishii commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1
    without ACL and quota, Azure Files is only for someone who owns & administors Azure Storage account. This cannot be truely the enterprise capable solution.

  • Jeremy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Allow AzureAD User access and file permission control with the Storager > File Service > File Shares.

    I want to map the file shares directly to end point systems but need to be able to set access permissions.

  • Peter Selch Dahl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please see Advisors forum for feedback in regards to this feedback request. I PING Lavanya from the Azure Storage team. We really need this function now. Let's get up the votes!

  • Gerald Wiltse commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The market has proven that a good multi-platform sync client like Dropbox is imperative for any modern storage solution. While mapping drives is useful, and works for some use cases, I believe a sync client a logical step in the near future for Azure Files.

    Background:
    Sharepoint online has been the Microsoft cloud file sharing solution for a few years now. However, countless articles and bloggers made it very clear: Sharepoint is a big web front end, which runs on IIS and SQL and WebDAV for file hosting, and will never be the best file sharing platform for this reason.

    Azure Files is a platform that has the potential to fill in the gaps left by Sharepoint (and every other cloud-file storage provider for that matter). Because of the proximity to Azure AD and Sharepoint Online, it is uniquely positioned to become a one-of-a-kind file sharing service with fully integrated ACL's based on Azure AD Users and Groups. While that is another feature request entirely, that type of security combined with a sync client would enable Office 365 organizations everywhere (like my clients) to stop fighting with Sharepoint storage on a daily basis for some types of data, and still leverage their very robust pre-existing security group and permission strategy.

  • Gerald Wiltse commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, this is the single biggest thing I have been waiting for with Azure Files. It's awesome to be able to mount azure files shares over the internet with SMB 3.0 now, and the security keys are a reasonable security mechanism for server-side mounting, but it's time to add a layer for user-based security, integrated with Azure AD.

  • Brian “B” Laws commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Being able to access Azure Files via a UNC would make the service vastly more useful. We could at that point use it like a traditional NAS for accessing common files and for automated processes. Like Eric said, non-interactive services are unable to access the Azure Files shares since they are unable to map the drive (that is, without a lot of complicated configuration). This would enable us to use it as a backup target for SQL Server, SharePoint, etc. Yes, SQL Server backups can write to an Azure Storage account, but this option is not available in Maintenance Plans (at least as of SQL 2012). We could abandon Maintenance Plans but that would require a higher level of complexity and management.

  • Laurent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes please! I want to remove file servers on-prem and move to a file server as a service where I do not have to manage the server, the storage capacity and the patches.

  • Jack commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Or if it is not feasible to utilize Azure AD, at least have the ability to generate unique keys per share.

  • Jack commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Jeff Evans commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1 - I believe this is mostly because Azure Files is not yet supporting security descriptors. MSFT, please make this happen!

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