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  1. Improving the indexed partitioning criteria for handling storage accounts with same naming conventions

    As described in detail here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-performance-checklist/#subheading47 , Azure handles indexed partitioning with an index with aphabetical criteria, so storage accounts starting with A-H will go into one partition, H’-R will go into a different partition and last R’-Z will go into another different partition too.
    We discovered that this could affect High Availability of VMs if you take care of putting them into Availability Set and use different storage accounts for their virtual disks, but same naming convention for accounts. In this case, if a fail happens on a given partition for example during an internal maintenance task or storage…

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      0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Azure table storage should have a way to set the retention policy

      There should be a way to implement a Azure table storage retention policy such that anything older than n number of days can be deleted from table storage.

      29 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide usage charts for Files Storage and for whole storage account

        In the management portal I'd like to get a chart showing aggregate space usage for Azure Files or for total usage across all storage services.

        (fyi - there's no 'category' here on the feedback portal for 'Files' like there is for Blobs, Tables, etc)

        3 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow smaller premium drive sizes for VM

          Currently the smallest premium disk size when creating a VM is 128 GB. We have many VM's that are used solely for computation intensive workload and large amounts of data are not stored to the operating system drive. A 64 GB option would be sufficient for the space we are using and help to reduce some of the premium storage costs.

          16 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Fix Storage Explorer to autodetect proxy settings

            This messes me up *so* much right now -- I'm alternating between Fiddler use which, depending on how I configure Storage Explorer, will block connections at times (in my case, to the Development emulator).

            9 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Storage Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a queue permission that prohibits clearing the queue while allowing reading and deleting individual messages

              Any SAS that allows processing messages from a queue inherently includes the permission to clear the queue. In scenarios with multiple consumers from a single queue, this is almost always undesirable.

              In IoT scenarios, this can be disastrous. You may have thousands of devices processing messages from a single queue. None of those devices needs the ability to clear the queue. A single compromised device can immediately disrupt the entire process. Even worse, if you use the REST API, a simple bug that results in a device omitting the parameters that identify the message to be deleted will be interpreted…

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                0 comments  ·  Queues  ·  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

                32 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • clone button for storage as we have for web apps

                  for some data services we have native copy-clone mechanisms- for sql database it's Active Georeplication.
                  If I will need to deploy my app in another region/datacenter - I will need to manually copy all containers and objects (using Datafactory or azcopy). GRS- it's not a solution, because I can't sync my data between West US and North Europe, but Active Georeplication- can do that.

                  For Web App- we did "clone button" and in web site will be provisioned in another datacenter I choose.

                  It would be great if you will create the same button for storage accounts and content in…

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Queues: ApproximateMessageCount: Return numbers for both visible and invisible messages

                    We would like to be able to see both the number of invisible messages and the number of visible messages (today we get the total).

                    12 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Queues  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Please deduplicate blob storage.

                      This will severely reduce flash tier and spinning tier costs since this data is stored in triplicate.

                      40 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • can we have lable or drive creation on MAC OS currently no support

                        can we have lable or drive creation on MAC OS currently no support

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                          0 comments  ·  Import/Export  ·  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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                            2 comments  ·  Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Please provide a function to view on Blob snapshot within the portal.

                            We want to check the status of Blob snapshot within the portal.
                            It will be very useful if we can check and manage it through the portal, because we use Blob snapshots for VM backup.

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                            ポータル上で Blob のスナップショットの状態を確認したい。
                            VM のバックアップに Blob スナップショットを使用している為、
                            ポータルから確認したり、管理できるようになると良い。

                            28 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • storage diagnostics connection info

                              When storage diagnostics is enabled, show a link or connection info to access the logs.

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                                1 comment  ·  Portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Passwords for Hadoop creation are rough/silly?

                                10 characters, lower+upper case, number, special character? Even my onePass fully-hashed passwords don't meet this criteria. If there is a security policy that requires passwords to be that long, then can you please show all error warnings at the same time, such that I don't have to try three different passwords (because I didn't know it needed to be 10 characaters long, etc.)

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                                • Allow user-based access to Blob Containers (for support employees)

                                  For auditing purposes and to prevent data corruption, we want to give our support employees a user-centric, read-only access to Blob Containers in order to be able to investigate possible data corruptions (caused by bugs in systems).

                                  This is not possible now because the security architecture of Blob Service does not even know the concept of users or roles.

                                  SAS is not secure enough mechanism because it gives access to anyone by just sharing a link + you can't track who's actually using it.

                                  218 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Invalidate pop receipt when message becomes visible

                                    Currently, there's a gap between a single and multiple consumers scenarios. When a pop receipt is issued and visibility timeout expires, message becomes visible _and_ still can be delete with the original pop receipt. That is not the case when multiple consumers are participating. Original pop receipt becomes invalid once visibility timeout expires and another consumer gets the message.
                                    The behaviour should be consistent for one or many consumers (just like ASB does it) and pop receipt should not be accepted once expired (message becomes visible).
                                    More details on this issue are available at this GH issue raised with Azure…

                                    29 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Queues  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make it possible to rename any resource

                                      Really, every resource on Azure should have the ability to rename it. Refactoring code and environment is important.

                                      7 votes
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                                      • SAS with secret httpost authentication

                                        I want to prevent different clients, who sit behind the same public IP, from sharing SAS based URI's among each other.

                                        If we can enable HTTP Post requests to a URI with the SAS attached, we can include authentication "secrets" as hidden fields in the request which can then be validated against the relevant SAS policy.

                                        The process for authentication will be as follows:
                                        1. Web server requests a new SAS and submits a "secret", which is stored with the Fileshare policy.
                                        2. A SAS-token is generated (which does not contain the secret) and returned to the webserver.
                                        3. The…

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                                        • Support "Last Accessed" timestamp in blob metadata

                                          With the new "Cool Storage" feature announced recently, it would be useful if we could tell when our "Hot" blobs were last accessed, so we could push them to Cool storage where appropriate. We could achieve this with a proxy service and SAS signatures, but having this automatically updated in the blob metadata itself would be much simpler and remove the requirement for any compute resource being required for simply accessing a blob.

                                          7 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Blobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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