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Azure file server disk limitation of 1023 Gb (1 TB)

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Hi Experts,

We would like to migrate our on-premises file server to an Azure Windows VM.  We have single file shares with over 1 TB of data.  Azure VMs can only attach a 1 TB sized volume,  What would be the recommended approach (best practice) to migrate the data to an Azure Windows VM and give users SMB file access to a larger than 1 TB file share? Ideally I'd like to have a 2 TB file share.

Potential options:

1. Break the data up and share out multiple SMB file shares (multiple mapped drive letters).
2. Use Windows Storage Spaces.
3. Use Disk spanning within disk management.

I performed a bit of research on Storage Spaces, and it does seem like a viable, and supported option within Azure.  Therefore, I am leaning towards Storage Spaces.  What do you think?  Are there any other good options?

Thanks!
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