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  1. % Free Disk Space Monitoring

    % free disk space monitoring is a critical requirement in a production environment. Currently out-of-the box, Microsoft offer a [Guest] \LogicalDisk(_Total)\% Free Space metric in the portal.
    This metric is useless when a guest machine has mutiple disks attached to it as it only provides an aggregated view of free space & the alerting only appears to work for the system volume.

    We shouldn't have to use the convoluted methods of monitoring all disks using Log Analytics & OMS . The ability to monitor & alert independently on all disks attached to a guest machine should be part of the…

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  2. Create Microsoft Service for firewall enabled boot diagnostic storage account

    We want to use a firewall enabled storage account for our boot diagnostics, because the logs / screenshots are reachable from the internet as per default.

    Could you please create microsoft service or a workaround for that?
    Because we receive the following error message if we want to reach the serial console of a VM.

    "A "Forbidden" response was encountered when accessing this VM's boot diagnostic storage account."

    reference link for the error:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/troubleshooting/serial-console-windows#errors

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  3. Attach VHD(x) to more than one VM at the same time

    Attach VHD(x) to more than one VM at the same time

    Having an option to attach the same VHD to a set of VMs would allow creating real HA clusters for single node applications - like databases. Storage could work just like iSCSI/FC/SAS SAN, being presented to two nodes, mounted on one. Also that would allow usage of GFS/OCFS2 filesystems to share data between cluster nodes if desired. AzureFiles suffers from every problem SMB have and is unreliable at best. The only other option is shared-nothing filesystems like moosefs/glusterfs.

    as far as I know there is "Shared VHDX" functionality in…

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    2 comments  ·  Unmanaged Disks Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Storage Emulator with storage transaction counting and billing simulation.

    This enhancement would help to estimate production runtime costs and catch issues like excessive queue polling during development.

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    1 comment  ·  Storage Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. Providing this functionality is on our backlog but there is no ETA we can share at this time. We have logged this request in the GitHub repository for the new open source storage emulator, Azurite. Please continue the discussion there: https://github.com/Azure/Azurite/issues/39. We will provide updates when they become available on this ask as well as in the GitHub repository. For any further questions, or to discuss your specific scenario, send us an email at azurestoragefeedback@microsoft.com.

  5. Address the "Snowden/NSA" issues in every territory in a visible and concrete manner

    Let developers and consultants configure where certain data is stored (geographically) and also verify that it is really stored in the given location and does not cross international boundaries at any time. This is important for most companies since they are bound by compliance regulations, insurance, and legal best-practices that require this granularity for particular type of data.

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  6. 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

  7. 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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  8. Windows 10 Support for Azure File Sync

    We have a scenario where we would like to sync using Azure File Sync from Windows Enterprise 10 clients.

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  9. Auto defragment append blobs

    Append blobs are great, however, when a such a blob is generated through a long series of small increments, the read performance of the resulting blob is very poor: from 10x to 20x slower than reading a regular page blob.

    The performance problem goes away if the app rewrite the append-blob in large 4MB chunks. However, this process is complicated to setup, and collides with any 'always-on' property of the app.

    As append blobs are append-only, it would be much better if Azure was taking care of defragmenting the append blobs on its own; possible through a dedicated API operation…

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  10. 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

  11. Install MSI from azure file UNC path

    If you install an MSI from an Azure file storage SMB you need to map it on a drive. If you do not map it the MSI will result in an MSI error 1619 “This patch package could not be opened. Verify that the patch package exists and that you can access it, or contact the application vendor the verify that this is a valid Windows Installer patch package”. We like to install MSI directly from the UNC path.

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  12. Blob Life cycle management for page blobs

    Provide life cycle management feature for Page blobs too similar to the block blob.
    Currently SQL server 2014 or older version support backing up data to page blobs only. Hence it would be good to have the page blob life cycle management policy on it. This will help in managing the deletion of page blobs on a timely basis.

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  13. Scale to Premium Storage from standard Storage

    Please allow us to switch from Standard Storage to Premium Storage and the other way around. Or at least provide us with the option to scale up from Standard Storage to Premium Storage (one way).

    The current process involves stopping the affected VM, copying the disk using AzCopy and recreating the VM in the new storage account.
    I'm pretty sure Micorosft's team can take care of this process behind the scenes and just provide us with a user interface option and/or an API method.

    Currently we have multiple VMs (about 20+) running on standard storage that need to be upgraded…

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  14. reduce the minimum Maximum Bandwidth on the Azure Backup Services Backup Agent to less than 512kbps

    The Backup Agent for Azure Backup Services includes a feature whereby the maximum bandwidth to be consumed by the agent can be set (according to whether part of the working day or not).

    This is a useful feature, but the minimum that the maximum bandwidth can be set to is 512kbps. This is higher than the upstream bandwidth available on many ADSL connections used by small businesses, rendering the feature useless. I suggest that the minimum maximum bandwidth is reduced, say to 128kbps or even 0kbps.

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  15. Enable life cycle management for append blob

    Currently life cycle management is only supported for block blob. We are using Azure SQL DB auditing feature and this is creating huge amount of blob files.But these are of append blob type and that is not supported by life cycle management. Please provide support for append blob so that we can manage these log files properly.

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  16. storage stamp option

    Provide the option to define storage accounts to use the same of different storage stamps. we have scenarios where the ability to define same or different stamps make an huge impact in the end result.

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  17. Ignore Conditional Headers on File Storage requests via Browser

    Conditional Headers are added to requests made by Edge and some other browsers. This means after the first visit, a file stored in Azure File storage cannot be accessed again as the browser sends Conditional Headers in the request (specifically the "If-range" header).

    The URL-based file access is a documented and supported method of access. Perhaps the service should ignore the conditional headers if not supported instead of erroring out.

    This request is not asking for support of the headers, simply that it doesn't error and serves the original file when such conditional headers are sent.

    This is documented here,…

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  18. Update azcopy packages for ubuntu bionic 18.04

    It might be in progress, but I figured I'd mention in case it's forgotten. Can you guys update the ubuntu bionic packages with azcopy:
    https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/microsoft-ubuntu-bionic-prod/

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  19. Add metadata support to storage queue messages

    Please add the capability to add custom metadata to storage queue messages so that we can more easily implement additional communication features on top of them (correlation, header based routing, ...)

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  20. AzCopy should support filtering of table entities

    Just like a Pattern parameter for copying blobs, there should be a similar parameter for copying table entities.

    It should be possible to filter both on partition and and row keys.

    I personally find it quite seldom that I need to copy entire table.

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