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    155 comments  ·  Storage » 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

    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    Nearly 5 years on and we still don't have this most simple of features. I accept there needs to be feature prioritization and that I shouldn't expect Microsoft to simply implement what I want but come one....this is surely a no-brainer.

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    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    I totally agree with this and am shocked that its not available. We have a B2B app that we are considering migrating to Azure and our clients send us data files via SFTP - right now I don't know of an easy way to enable upload data into Azure BLOB storage via SFTP.

    As far as I'm concerned, given Azure is a PAAS offering, this should simply be a case of checking an "Enable FTP/SFTP access" check box on the Azure portal. Please make this happen.

    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    I totally agree with this and am surprised it only has one vote. We have a B2B app that we are considering migrating to Azure and our clients send us data files via SFTP - right now I don't know of an easy way to enable upload data into Azure BLOB storage via SFTP.
    As far as I'm concerned, given Azure is a PAAS offering, this should simply be a case of checking an "Enable FTP/SFTP access" check box on the Azure portal. Please make this happen.

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    We’ll send you updates on this idea

    Folks,

    Thanks for the questions and suggestions. And apologies for not sharing any update on this thread for so long. We’ve been working on this problem and have announced changes on our official team blog (see here: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/09/15/cleaning-up-the-azure-ad-and-microsoft-account-overlap/).

    First, we are acutely aware of the UX pain this is causing and we are sorry for this. We are trying to undo a decade and a half of systems divergence. There are literally hundreds of different engineering teams across Microsoft involved in this effort. So this is taking time.

    Second, we can’t easily “merge” two accounts, or allow IT to “take over” personal Microsoft accounts. There are two main hurdles: (1) The terms of service are fundamentally different for the two account types and (2) they are based on different technologies with different stacks (different identifiers, SDKs, token formats, etc.). We’re working to converge the two stacks but again this…

    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    To all those who say Microsoft are ignoring this issue (or say things like "no one hears your screams or cares") this might be worth reading

    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/09/15/cleaning-up-the-azure-ad-and-microsoft-account-overlap/

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    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    I'm half-amused to see people here opine that this problem has existed for "almost a year" because to my mind its been a problem for much much longer than that. Lots of discussion here about Azure and the Azure Management Portal and various other services/web properties at Microsoft but I think the original poster captured it better than anyone. Two separate accounts (with two separate passwords) for the same email address is (at best) very very confusing, especially for non-techies. I totally understand the historical reasons for why this situation has arisen but surely the time has passed for it to be sorted out?

    I'd like to ask if there's a reason why Microsoft can't do what the original poster suggested i.e. merge Organisational accounts & Microsoft Accounts (MSA) that have the same email address. Other than "it'd be a heck of a lot of work" is there a technical reason that simply prohibits this from being done? I'd definitely like to know the answer to that because (IMHO) merging such accounts would solve most if not all of the frustrations I currently have regarding this whole mess.

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    46 comments  ·  Additional Services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    Hi Ron (and everyone else),
    My betting is this is never going to happen now that Power BI data can be accessed directly from Excel using the same protocols for accessing SSAS.

    Arguably Power BI now *is* SSAS in the cloud, a pure PaaS play.

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    10 comments  ·  Automation » Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    tim,
    Is $WorkflowCommandName something new? Pretty sure it wasn't there a year or so ago when I was looking into this.

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    3 comments  ·  Automation » Debugging and troubleshooting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks for the feedback. Would you be able to provide the repro steps for this/explain the root cause? We can look into improving this behavior.

    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    Hi Beth,
    I'm sorry, I don't recall. My bad, I'm usually (fairly) diligent about collecting evidence for things like this - guess I was busy at the time or something. My apologies.

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    2 comments  ·  Automation » Integration with other products  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    started  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    We are currently working on exporting Automation logs to Azure blob storage and to Log Analytics.

    We are starting with job status and then adding in job streams. Please post back if there are specific pieces of information that you need to see included in these logs.

    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    For those that are interested I've written a runbook that can do this for you and made it available on the script gallery: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Archive-Azure-Automation-898a1aa8
    Blogged about it here: http://sqlblog.com/blogs/jamie_thomson/archive/2014/11/25/archiving-azure-automation-logs-to-azure-blob-storage.aspx

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    1 comment  ·  Automation » Scheduling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    How about exposing all schedules via iCalendar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICalendar) so that I can subscribe to and view them wherever I wish? Outlook, Outlook.com, GMail, Apple iCal etc... all support subscribing to iCalendar feeds.

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    1 comment  ·  Automation » Scheduling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    That’s an interesting idea – thanks for the feedback. We can look into it.

    In the meantime, you could probably work around this. I’m not exactly sure what your runbook looks like, but it might make sense to create the schedule with the same name each time, then when the runbook starts again to delete that schedule, then to create it again at the end.

    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    Thanks Beth, that's not a bad idea.

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    3 comments  ·  Automation » Source control integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks for sharing these ideas with us! These are great ideas for us to look into.

    As you mentioned we currently don’t integrate directly with Git or VSO, but you can get around this by creating your own custom scripts.

    For others with similar questions who have not yet created custom PowerShell scripts:
    1. Deployment from Visual Studio in SMA: http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/archive/2014/05/08/automation-mvp-spotlight-series-tfs-and-service-management-automation-better-together.aspx
    2. Deployment from Visual Studio Git: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Sync-runbooks-from-Visual-b1186286

    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    After discussion with Joe Levy (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsdesktop/en-US/967113a6-bc4c-460a-a3b1-6558d4080d2a/continuous-deployment-of-runbooks?forum=azureautomation) I conccur with his thoughts that ARM templates would probably be more suitable in this scenario.

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    0 comments  ·  HDInsight  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    45 comments  ·  HDInsight  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    [Update] Thanks for your continued feedback on this capability! Rest assured that we are tracking this request closely along with several other platform capabilities our customers have requested. In the meanwhile, you can leverage cluster scaling capability to adjust HDInsight cluster size according to your varying compute needs. Azure Data Factory is another option you can explore for scheduling jobs with automatic creation and deletion of clusters: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/data-factory-data-transformation-activities/

    Adnan Ijaz
    Program Manager
    Microsoft Azure HDInsight

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    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    Great idea. Similarly I'd like to be able to scale my cluster up or down (i.e. add or remove data nodes).

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    0 comments  ·  Storage » Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    82 comments  ·  Storage » Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Jamie Thomson commented  · 

    Not just so that we can sort on it but so we can filter on it too.

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