Azure File Storage - Practical Use

Murray Brown
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Hi

I am looking at using the File Storage System in Azure. I need users on Windows and Apple Mac machines to be able to easily access
files (including PDFs, Excel, Word etc) and also upload them
Can this be done for instance using Windows explorer in a similar way to DropBox?


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With Windows 10, yes. Take a look at "Azure Files".

You basically just map drives to blobs in Azure storage.

If Apple supports SMB 3.x, then you should be able to do this with your Macs as well.

Be aware - this doesn't really support security. There is one "security key" per blob. If you want typically Windows security, then you should be using OneDrive.
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Azure Files support Windows, Linux, and macOS. You can set permissions on it. In addition to that, you can also sync from an on-prem server. SMB 3.0 is supported from Windows 8/Server 2012

Alternatively, you can deploy ownCloud Certified by Bitnami on Azure
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IF you have hybrid and IF your devices are members of Azure AD and IF your users are members of Azure AD you can set permissions on Azure Files.
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But not ONE "security key" per blob
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Yes, there is. You don't need hybrid. If you have a storage account and you create a blob, there is one security key for that blob. ONE.
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Be aware - this doesn't really support security. There is one "security key" per blob. If you want typically Windows security, then you should be using OneDrive.

IF you have hybrid and IF your devices are members of Azure AD and IF your users are members of Azure AD you can set permissions on Azure Files.

Seems you are arguing with yourself. Even my lab is set up with Azure AD
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I'm not arguing. I've presented facts. Verifiable, documented facts. You are attempting to change the problem to something the OP didn't write.

Have fun with that.
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I'm not arguing. I've presented facts. Verifiable, documented facts. You are attempting to change the problem to something the OP didn't write.
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With Windows 10, yes. Take a look at "Azure Files".
Nope. Windows 8 and server 2012 supports SMB 3

If Apple supports SMB 3.x, then you should be able to do this with your Macs as well.
Azure Files support Windows, Linux, and macOS

If you want typically Windows security, then you should be using OneDrive.
OneDrive is far from typical windows security

IF you have hybrid and IF your devices are members of Azure AD and IF your users are members of Azure AD you can set permissions on Azure Files.
This is a basic requirement when using Azure identities
Michael B. SmithManaging Consultant

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*yawn*

You were wrong (and are wrong MAJORLY - by assuming hybrid) and you are grasping at straws. I'm out.
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The only thing that relies on hybrid is individual security, the rest applies regardless.

Either way, my recommendation was ownCloud on Azure
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Thanks very much

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