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  1. 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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      75 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • SFTP (and FTPS) protocol support for Azure Files

      Exposing the SFTP protocol would facilitate a bunch of scenarios where today 2 VMs (with all the management overhead that implies) are required.

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

        Thanks for the feedback! We are interested in collecting feedback on this request – please vote for it if this is something you like to see.

        We’re also interested in learning more what people want to use the SFTP/FTPS for and which protocol they prefer. Please feel free to leave us a comment letting us know more detail!

        Thanks,

        Will Gries
        Program Manager, Azure Files

      • Add NFS Protocol Support Azures Files Shares OR Support old CFS clients

        Azure files shares are awesome. It basically provides a great PAAS NAS for a group of Azure VMs, I can't overstate how useful this feature is.

        It's still in preview, but there is a significant problem that won't get added by the time it goes GA. The problem is that many Linux CIFS clients that come on standard builds won't support it. My example is that neither Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.4, nor 7.0 support it (using the Azure templates), even after installing the latest supported CIFS clients.

        Since Azure Files shares are basically like NAS for Azure VM's, please realize…

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          under review  ·  7 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?

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            12 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow Access to file storage configuration to use alternate port instead of often blocked port 445

            Allow Access to file storage configuration to use alternate port instead of often blocked port 445

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

              Hi folks,

              We are evaluating what we can do to address this feedback and would very much appreciate your continued votes and suggestions on it.

              One alternative to mounting the share on-premises over port 445 is Azure File Sync, which enables you to create a cache of an Azure file share on an on-premises Windows Server. Azure File Sync only sends data over the Azure Files HTTPS (using the File REST APIs). You can learn more about Azure File Sync here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-sync-files-planning

              Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any additional questions!

              Thanks,

              Will Gries
              Program Manager, Azure Files

            • 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.

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                12 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

              • 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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                  12 comments  ·  Files  ·  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.

                • 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

                  • Global File Locking for Azure File Sync

                    For Azure File Sync on multiple geographically diverse servers, lock files across the enterprise to eliminate conflicts.

                    For example, a user in Chicago opens a spreadsheet on a local server, and that server is running Azure File Sync to a share that is also mounted by a server in Atlanta also running Azure File Sync. The file lock for the spreadsheet should be global, preventing write access in Atlanta when opened in Chicago.

                    See Panzura.com for reference.

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

                      Hi folks,

                      This is something we are actively investigating, and would appreciate your feedback on the need to do this, and especially how to ranks compared to other items we could pickup for Azure Files and Azure File Sync.

                      We’d like to hear from you on this item. Please send us an email at AzureFiles@microsoft.com, and of course vote for this item if you would like to see it.

                      Thanks,

                      Will Gries
                      Program Manager, Azure Files

                    • Offer Premium Storage option for Azure File Service

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

                      122 votes
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                        10 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • ability to backup file service storage with automatic retentions

                        ability to backup file service storage with automatic retentions directly from the backup vault

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                          2 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Azure Files - Access/Size Limits

                          Azure Files - Access/Size Limits

                          Please provide access to the Azure Files service from on-prem. users/devices over 2S2 VPN/ExpressRoute connection.

                          Also, 5TB size limit is a deal breaker for many organizations. They need to scale higher. Although a workaround would be to provision a different storage account when the size limit is hit.

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                            7 comments  ·  Files  ·  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

                            • Provide an actual "read-only" role for Azure File Service

                              The reader role available in RBAC doesn't really do what you think it'd do when applied to Azure File Service. A user with this role can't even see the Azure File Service when browsing the storage account.

                              As I understand it this is by design as the reader role works on Azure objects and not on files and folders.

                              What I need is a method that prevents users from accidentally deleting files or folders by giving them read-only access to the actual files and folders. I don't need fine grained control over access to files and folders, just a straightforward…

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

                                Thank you for this feedback!

                                We’re working on or have shipped several features that we think will satisfy this request.

                                First, we have shipped the share snapshot feature, which enables you to protect a point-in-time for a file share. If a user were to delete a file, you can restore from the previous snapshot. To make this easier, Azure Backup will soon support scheduling share snapshot.

                                Second, and more to the specific ask in the initial post, we are working on AAD authentication and authorization for Azure file shares. When we ship this feature, you will have the ability to set share ACLs that prevent deletes or modifications.

                                Thanks,

                                Will Gries
                                Program Manager, Azure Files

                              • Azure Files on a Virtual Network

                                It should be possible to place an Azure Files drive on a private Virtual Network and secure it to be only available via the Virtual Network using a private IP address. Now, anyone with the key can access it from any VM on any subscription. Enterprises typically want tighter security and be able to only allow access from within their own environments.

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                                  2 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Mobile client for Azure Files

                                  Create a mobile client for iOS and Android for accessing files on Azure Files. It could be part of OneDrive, Outlook or just a completely new app.

                                  Read-only offline copy support would also be great

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                                    4 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Enhance Azure Files / Azure File Sync to include document icons

                                    In Azure Files (specifically with Azure File Sync), it would enhance the user experience if the document icons would show what we're used to on a File Server vs the generic icons.

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                                    • Add Azure File Sync compatibility with Windows Server 2008 R2

                                      We'd like to use Azure File Sinc but our company is using Windows Server 2008 R2, and switching to Windows Server 2012 or 2016 is almost impossible to accomplish, specially when most of our activity is moving to cloud. This would solve our impossibility to move everything to Azure Files, since we can't access our files in the cloud because our systems (Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2) can't use SMB3.0.

                                      Any plans on bringing compatibility to this OS?

                                      Thanks!!

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

                                        Thank you for the feedback! We are open and interested to get customer feedback on this request. If this is something you would like to see, please vote on this submission. Additionally, we’d like to ask for more detail on why you would like to see 2008 R2 support: are you looking to use AFS to migrate from 2008 R2 to a more recent OS? Or perhaps do you plan to use 2008 R2 passed the Extended Support deadline for 2008 R2 (2020-01-14)?

                                        Thanks,

                                        Will Gries
                                        Program Manager, Azure Files

                                      • 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

                                        • Add Azure File sync compatibility with Windows Server 2012

                                          Please add Azure File sync compatibility with Windows Server 2012

                                          Till today there are only agents for Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016.

                                          Windows Server 2012 supports SMB 3.0, WMF 5.1 (and Powershell AzureRM 4.3.1) as listed System Requirements.

                                          So maybe it should work? Thanks a lot

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

                                            Thanks for the feedback! Although 2012 and 2012 R2 are quite similar from a user perspective, we don’t believe that it’s a completely trivial port to get Azure File Sync running on Windows Server 2012.

                                            We are however very open to bringing this to 2012, so please help us prioritize this work based on your continued votes!

                                            Thanks,

                                            Will Gries
                                            Program Manager, Azure Files

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