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  1. 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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    175 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

  2. 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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    125 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi everyone,

    We recently announce the General Availability of Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS) authentication for Azure Files! By enabling integration with Azure AD DS, you can mount your Azure file share over SMB using Azure AD credentials from Azure AD DS domain joined Windows VMs with NTFS ACLs enforced. For more details, please refer to our blog post:http://aka.ms/azure-file-aadds-authentication-ga-blog.

    A part of the GA announcement, we shared the upcoming plan to extend the authentication support to Active Directory (AD) either hosted on-premises or in cloud. If you need an Azure Files solution with AD authentication today, you can consider installing Azure File Sync (AFS) on your Windows File Servers where AD integration is fully supported.

    If you are interested to hear future updates on Azure Files Active Directory Authentication, please complete this sign-up survey:https://aka.ms/AzureFilesADAuthPreviewSurvey.

    Thanks,
    Azure Files Team

  3. 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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    90 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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. Long term we will add this capability and have automatic immediate sync.

    There is now a way to trigger sync to happen on files that are placed directly in the Azure File share. With this new cmdlet you can point sync to particular files or directories and have it look for changes right then. This is intended for scenarios where some type of automated process in Azure is doing the file edits or migrations are done by an admin (like moving a new directory of files into the share). For end-user changes, the best thing to do is install Azure File Sync in an IaaS VM…

  4. 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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  5. 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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    69 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

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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    8 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

  9. 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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  10. 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.

  11. Automatically mount an Azure file share to a Windows clients using GPO

    Momently its not possible to map a azure file storage share via GPO, because the two fields for username and password are greyed out.

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  12. Allow RDS User Profile Drives to be stored in Azure Files.

    Currently we have to build a Scale-Out File Server using Storage Spaces Direct for redundant storage of Remote Desktop Services User Profile Drives. Would be much easier if this was available as part of Azure Files.

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  13. 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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    4 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Azure Files Network Drive Mapping with Intune Policies

    Would be very handy to see Intune option of mapping network drive directly to Azure AD Joined devices. In Intune there is no option even to map regular network drives, but Azure File Shares would be game changer.

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  15. 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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  16. 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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    6 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. 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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    4 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

  18. 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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    2 comments  ·  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

  19. consider azure premium files share for desktop applications which need heavy worloads, latency < 1ms, high I/O but only need 100gb size

    We have a .net desktop application for exporters. and run it well in our pc and Area network. We now built a premium files share storage with 500g
    and make a share path with our local machine, we found it works become very slow. if we only open one database file and edit,update one item, it only a little slow. but when we will open,create,update many item and many files. it become very very slow. We also do it from vm machine. when we excute out desktop allpication in vm machine. it is fine. but when we link files share…

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

    Hi folks,

    While we have made premium file shares generally available, we agree there is ongoing performance work associated with them.

    One of the big performance related items is one you touched on in the description: performance when doing activity on many files at once. Azure Files, on both premium and standard, performance best for read/write operations with few handle/metadata operations (i.e. databases) and less good for scenarios that require lots of handle and metadata operations. We are working to improve this performance category and hope to have more to share soon.

    Thanks,

    Will Gries
    Program Manager, Azure Files

  20. 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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