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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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    186 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. 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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    72 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

  3. 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  ·  13 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 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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    21 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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

  11. Provide retention policies for Azure File Sync Snapshots

    Provide retention policies for AFS snapshots.
    Retention policies define the time period/interval and define the total amount of snapshots retained.
    These amount of (retained) snapshots should be categorized in Hourly (h:00), Daily (0:00), Weekly (Sunday), Monthly (1st day of month) and are part of the retention policies.
    Garbage collection takes care of removing expired snapshots.

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

    Thanks for the feedback! Azure File Sync automatically takes share snapshots and file snapshots for internal use. We also have our own logic about when to remove these snapshots. We’re interested to know what you think about this – please vote for this item and comment below if you think we need better/different controls/reporting for this.

    If what you actually want is the ability to do snapshots and have retention policies for snapshots for the purpose of Backup, please vote on this item: https://feedback.azure.com/forums/217298-storage/suggestions/31827694-schedule-snapshots-of-azure-file-shares

    Thanks,

    Will Gries
    Program Manager, Azure Files

  12. Support mounting Azure file shares in FreeBSD

    Support mounting an Azure file share in FreeBSD. Currently FreeBSD is unable to mount Azure file shares.

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

    Thank you for your feedback! In this case, the reason why an Azure file share cannot be mounted on FreeBSD is because of the SMB support provided in the OS distribution rather than a limitation we have on the Azure Files service side. That said, we have contributed to Linux to support SMB 3.0 with encryption in the past, so we would like to investigate how to make Azure Files work on FreeBSD as well.

    To help us prioritize this ask, please continue to vote for this item.

    Thanks,

    Will Gries
    Program Manager, Azure Files

  13. Azure File Sync: allow turning off ACL sync

    Given untrusted servers within a sync group, want to sync file contents but not sync ACL's. ACL's will be set on servers independently of Sync.

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  14. Add support for distributed and/or centralized BranchCache mode for Azure Files

    Add support for distributed and/or centralized BranchCache mode for Azure Files to provide better end user experience and remove some of the issues with latency.

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