Azure Files - Mount share on non domain joined VM

Jörg Mayer Azure Consulting 45 Reputation points


we use Azure Files with integration to our ON Prem AD (no Azure AD!) and Private Endpoint to access our offices via VPN tunnels. Setup works fine in all locations for systems and users with Domain JOIN.

However, all attempts to mount shares using domain credentials on non domain joined VM fail with system error 86. Connectivity to the domain controllers is available, this has all already been tested....

Also tests with

net use Z: <YourStorageAccountName><FileShareName> /user:username@domainFQDN

are unsuccessful (there was a Github issue about this (

Does anyone have any ideas how we can troubleshoot this?

Thank you


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  1. Sumarigo-MSFT 34,936 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    @örg Mayer Azure Trainings I'm glad that you were able to resolve your issue and thank you for posting your solution so that others experiencing the same thing can easily reference this! Since the Microsoft Q&A community has a policy that "The question author cannot accept their own answer. They can only accept answers by others ", I'll repost your solution in case you'd like to "Accept " the answer.

    Issue: Unable to Mount Azure Files share on non domain joined VM

    Error : 86. Connectivity to the domain controllers is available,
    net use Z: <YourStorageAccountName><FileShareName> /user:username@domainFQDN

    Solution: FQDN of the storage account from the non domain joined pc helped to resolve the issue

    The on-premises DNS server resolves IP addresses. However, Azure DNS resolves the Azure file share Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). All DNS queries to Azure DNS originate from the virtual network. There's a DNS proxy inside the virtual network to route these queries to Azure DNS. For more information, see On-premises workloads using a DNS forwarder.

    Additional information:

    Based on the error message there are few threads which can resolve your issue: System error 86 has occurred. The specified network password is not correct.

    Please let us know if you have any further queries. I’m happy to assist you further.

    Please do not forget to "Accept the answer” and “up-vote” wherever the information provided helps you, this can be beneficial to other community members.

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  1. Patrick Pinto 5 Reputation points

    Hi Joerg,

    Are you able to resolve the fqdn of the storage account from the non domain joined pc?