Azure File storage offers shared storage for applications using the standard SMB 3.0 protocol. Microsoft Azure virtual machines and cloud services can share file data across application components via mounted shares, and on-premises applications can access file data in a share via the File storage API.
Microsoft also introduced Azure File Sync service which is a new service that will allow you to centralize your file shares in Azure Files, whilst maintaining the compatibility of an on-premises file server with all the flexibility and performance benefits that provide. Any protocol installed on the Windows Server can access the Azure file share, including SMB, NFS, and FTPS. With the integration of Azure Backup service, you can protect your data in the cloud without worrying about on-premises backup solutions. This is a great solution for the hybrid cloud!
In this blog, I will share with you how to automate the backup for Azure File Shares using PowerShell so you can schedule it to take snapshots at regular intervals every week, month, or year for long term retention.