Azure Files

Simple, secure and serverless enterprise-grade cloud file shares.


Azure Files offers fully managed file shares in the cloud that are accessible via the industry standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, Network File System (NFS) protocol, and Azure Files REST API. Azure file shares can be mounted concurrently by cloud or on-premises deployments. SMB Azure file shares are accessible from Windows, Linux, and macOS clients. NFS Azure file shares are accessible from Linux or macOS clients. Additionally, SMB Azure file shares can be cached on Windows servers with Azure File Sync for fast access near where the data is being used.

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Azure Backup now supports Azure Files in China North2, China East 2, China North 3, and China East 3
Migrate your SMB shares to Azure file shares with Azure Storage Mover.
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With this announcement, cloud native and modern applications that use REST APIs to access Azure SMB shares can utilize identity-based authentication and authorization to access file shares.
Azure Files has increased the root directory handle limit per share from 2,000 to 10,000 for standard and premium file shares.
Azure Files geo-redundancy for large file shares is now in public preview for standard SMB file shares.
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Linux SMB clients can now use Azure Files identity based authentication and authorization. This capability is available to devices that are domain joined to either customer-managed Microsoft AD...
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Azure Files NFS v4.1 share now support nconnect option.
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