Methods to share Azure Files share contents with on-prem users?

Category: azure storage


akus1 on Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:23:31

Hi all, New to Azure Files but I just set up a share by mapping my newly created Files account to a local on-prem PC and it works great. My goal is to see if this would be a good way for multiple users at a 10 person company to share files with each other in place of buying an on-prem or cloud server. Is this an acceptable use for Azure Files or is there a better Azure way to accomplish my goal? I've looked at doing it with 365 OneDrive or SharePoint but both have usability limitations for the non technical end users.  If it is acceptable, is it possible to use Azure AD to create security groups to be applied to the Files share?  Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks! -Ray


Cloud_Crusader on Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:56:25

Hi Ray,

you could use Azure Files, but know that you cannot set any AD related security to it.

meaning: all users would have the same rights on all folders/files and you will have to map every user to that share.

could you please elaborate on the OneDrive issues? Imho this has many more advantages than using Azure Files.

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akus1 on Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:38:45

Thanks Christophe,

I did not know I wouldn't be able to set any AD related security with Azure Files. :( I was hoping Azure AD had a way to connect to Azure Files. Thanks for that info.

Re OneDrive, I love it myself but I've found that if I share a folder on my OneDrive, the invitee has to open a shared file from their 365 web portal.  Maybe I'm doing something wrong? I like the idea of being able to map a drive to Azure Files for all the users.

I wish there was a way to map a drive to a OneDrive shared folder.

In a workable scenario, assuming I can't get them to spring for a remote desktop server on the cloud, the users would have their OneDrive for Business accounts and a shared, easily accessible cloud folder (OneDrive or other) for shared files, all administered through their 365 portal and/or Azure AD.


Cloud_Crusader on Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:19:44

Hi Ray,

the most simple way is to install OneDrive for business client on the end users devices, then it shows up as a mapped drive in Windows Explorer, that way it could not be more simple ;-)

OneDrive is available in 2 versions: personal (usually linked to MSA account) and business (where all company data is stored)

akus1 on Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:26:04

I've tried that with ODFB but it does not work that way - I wish it did. The users do see their ODFB accounts and even the shared folder too - sometimes - but invariably the shared folder disappears and the only way to access it is through their 365 web portal.  This is will 365 E3. -Ray

Cloud_Crusader on Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:32:29

that doesn't sound right ... I have many customers working that way and I don't see that behaviour there

maybe launch a support ticket?