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!
Program Manager, Azure Files
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Microsoft, please address this!!! We're trying to setup an Azure file share for our users to pull down files needed for their work. Connecting to our office through the VPN to grab these files is not ideal as they are large and eat up the bandwidth. With a large number of our users connecting to the VPN to work from home during COVID-19, this is a big problem. Our users need a way to directly connect to Azure storage from home, but most will not be able to do so because 445 is blocked...