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  1. Support multiple storage accounts in Azure Storage Emulator

    The Azure Storage Emulator only supports a single fixed account (devstoreaccount1).

    This makes integration testing and development on the same machine a pain, as we would like to be able to clear the integration testing account entirely before and after each test sequence, without removing development data.

    The connection string to the new account could use the extended syntax (see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-use-emulator#authenticating-requests-against-the-storage-emulator - not "UseDevelopmentStorage=true"), with the same account key but a different account name, and if need be, different ports for blob/table/queue endpoints.

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      0 comments  ·  Storage Emulator  ·  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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        0 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provision Managed OS Disks without VM Shell from Generalized Image

        Currently, the only way to create an OS Disk from a generalized image is by creating it at the same time as a VM shell.

        The ability to spin up Managed Disks without attaching them to a VM from a generalized image would be incredibly useful and allow for dynamic resizing of disks via ARM templates without affecting the VM itself.

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          1 comment  ·  Unmanaged Disks Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • file storage with much more flexible access control

          I want to use file storage as on-pre file server.
          Please give file storage much more flexible access control.

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          • Mananged disk export directly to storageaccount instead of creating URL

            It is not yet supported to directly migrate a managed VM from one subscription to another.
            It would be nice to have export directly to a storage account instead of creating an URL.
            It will just make migration so much easier and more secure, than having an URL, that is public accessable..
            kind regards
            Asger

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              1 comment  ·  Unmanaged Disks Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Azure Backup of single drives of a VM in Azure

              It would be nice if I could select drives to have a backup of with Azure backup of VMs in Azure.
              Example: Fairly large VM with SQL2012 or newer installed.
              That way I could let Azure backup handle OS and let SQL do backup directly to storage account and have SQL handle retention etc..
              This will also allow to differentiate between retention for OS and for SQL data.

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                0 comments  ·  Unmanaged Disks Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • AzCopy /SetContentType should also tag *.json

                Currently, AzCopy tag *.js and *.css (and a few more) with an empty /SetContentType. It should also tag *.json as application/json.

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                • Improve Perfromance when /xo is used as it takes longer time when there are more source folders.

                  Add more filters with AzCopy such as Date filters,etc. so that it will help in improving the performance when /xo is used. As currently it needs to scan through all the source files and in case more filters are added the time to use source files would be reduce.

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                    0 comments  ·  AzCopy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • AzCopy include a filter to consider files greater than a specific date

                    AzCopy include a filter to consider files greater than a specific date. This is something which is available in Robocopy/XCopy

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                      1 comment  ·  AzCopy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • automatically save back to the file share

                      since we cannot map to file shares because Comcast blocks 445 it would be nice if when using the storage explorer for opening files they would automatically save back to the file share instead of the local drive. It is not really a file "share" if the changes are only locally stored and the user then has to take another step to upload which they will most likely never do.

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                        0 comments  ·  Storage Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Separate Lock/Lease service

                        Related to this: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/patterns/leader-election

                        I know its possible to build leader election based on Lease from blob storage.

                        _but_ this seems very odd to piggyback on another service which is intended for something completely different.

                        It would be nice to have a distributed lock / lease service as a standalone offering for exactly purposes like the one mentioned in the linked article.

                        This way, it would be more exposed so that others can find it and understand what it is for.

                        (It was more luck than anything else that I did find the article on solving it through blob storage…

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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Suggest adding a source data timestamp parameter to set as the copy point in time for AzCopy operations.

                          Adding a /SourceDataTimeStamp parameter would allow for the ability to only copy data that is at that timestamp or earlier from the source data to the destination. For example, I have many tables and blobs that tie to each other. When I back them all up in a live hosted system, it would be great to say "AzCopy, copy all table and blob data from 2017.09.02 and earlier to another location". This would ensure that if I later restored from that time point, all the data would be be linked up properly.

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                            0 comments  ·  AzCopy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow encryption of blob storage at a container instead of account level

                            Please consider allowing encryption to be applied at a per-container level instead of at the account level. Given a request to store one client's data at a different place, with a different encryption key than another client's data, my only option to comply is to split client data across multiple storage accounts today.

                            This is problematic since there's a cap of how many accounts I can have per account (presently at 250), which means that management will grow increasingly more difficult when I have to start spanning subscriptions to access my blob resources.

                            Rather, if I were able to encrypt…

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                              0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add encryption status for storage account overview page

                              It would be nice if from the storage account overview page I could see if the storage account was encrypted or not instead of having to drill down to the encrypted sub panel.

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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Storage Explorer on Linux stopped working

                                Hello,
                                my Storage Explorer on Linux stopped working. It was working some days, now the following message appears when I want to start it:

                                A problem caused Storage Explorer to stop working correctly (the GPU process crashed). Please close and restart the application.

                                Reinstalling does not change anything.
                                Also I'm not able to emulate the Windows version in Wine.

                                I'm wondering how I should access my blob storage now.
                                Is there a web interface?

                                Kind regards,
                                Manuel

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                                  0 comments  ·  Storage Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • encrypt backup of managed disks

                                  We have managed disks encrypted at rest with SSE, but the backups to recovery vault of those VMs are not encrypted at rest. This is a security issue for us.

                                  A native feature for this would be great to get rid of the workaround to encrypt those with external tools (BitLocker, dm-crypt,..)

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                                  • Add Alerts for Storage Account Usage

                                    Add alerts for storage account usage, user should be able to set an alert for say 500GB usage.

                                    Thanks

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                                      0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • replication

                                      Support ZRS replication for BLOB storage accounts.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Storage Account in South India does reflect properly

                                        The storage account if created in South India doesn't reflect when I try to go and select while create a VM, please correct the issue.

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                                        • Manage SAS Token by Name and Include in Audit Logs

                                          Give SAS tokens a name when generating then:
                                          - allow report/table of all generated token
                                          - allow revoke of exisiting token (or modification of access)
                                          - use the SAS token name in storage audit logs

                                          At the moment, the storage access logs do not show any useful information about who has made access, and this is critical to a practical audit function.

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

                                            Thank you for your feedback. Currently you can use a stored access policy to manage revocation of an existing token. You are also able to track requests made using an existing stored access policy in the storage account logs. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-dotnet-shared-access-signature-part-1#controlling-a-sas-with-a-stored-access-policy for more details. For any further questions, or to discuss your specific scenario, send us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

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