Hello everyone, this is Andrew Coughlin again and I am a Customer Engineer at Microsoft. A question I get asked is can you use Distribute File System Namespaces (DFS-N) with an Azure File Share. In this blog I will explain how to do this by focusing on how to integrate DFS-N with Azure File Shares with AD DS Authentication over SMB. On June 11, 2020 Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) authentication over SMB for Azure file shares was released.
Enabling AD DS authentication for your Azure Files Shares allows you to use your on-premises credentials. This does require the synchronization of on-premises users into Azure Active Directory, and gives the ability to control share level access via Azure Active Directory while controlling the file system permissions with Active Directory Domain Services.
Using Active Directory authentication for Azure Files over SMB gives the ability to use Azure Files as a replacement for traditional file servers. This gives customers the ability to shift their file services to Azure and retire their on-premises file servers.
First, we want to confirm permissions are setup correctly and the share does exist. To do this we will do the following:
NOTE: You should not click Browse as in doing so will generate an error message when trying to enumerate shares on the server. Since the storage account is not windows server, we won’t be able to enumerate the shares on the storage account as of writing this article.
With the above steps we just setup a new dfs namespace share that your end users can navigate to.
In this post I have covered how to integrate DFS-N with Azure File Shares with Active Directory Domain Services authentication over SMB.. I hope you have found this article helpful and thank you for taking the time to read this post.
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