Azure Storage Explorer access to Azure Files

Justin Westover 0 Reputation points

Do you need a public endpoint enabled on Azure Files in order to access your files publicly using Azure Storage Explorer? I know storage Explorer uses 443 and you have to login so do you need the public endpoint in this case or will you see your files because you’re logged in and can access the storage account.

Also, is storage Explorer something you’d give to end users? Seems more like an admin tool?

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  1. Konstantinos Passadis 13,446 Reputation points

    Hello @Justin Westover !

    Welcome to Microsoft QnA!

    Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer is a standalone app that makes it easy to work with Azure Storage data on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

    Yes , you need to allow your IP to access the Files , and even after that you need to Authenticate so it two fold!

    Private Endpoint: If you want to access your Azure Files securely without going over the internet, you could set up a private endpoint. Azure Storage Explorer can connect to storage accounts over a private endpoint as long as there’s network connectivity (e.g., via VPN or ExpressRoute or Within Azure )

    So , even the fact that Azure Storage Explorer requires access to the public endpoint of your Azure Files, BUT this does not mean your files are publicly accessible. You need Authentication for any one accessing the endpoint and depends how you have Authentication setup!

    I hope this helps!

    Kindly mark the answer as Accepted and Upvote in case it helped!


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  2. Sumarigo-MSFT 40,641 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Adding more information to the above response! Thank @Konstantinos Passadis for providing detailed information on the @Justin Westover query!

    In order to access your files publicly using Azure Storage Explorer, you do not need a public endpoint enabled on Azure Files. Azure Storage Explorer uses the Azure Storage REST API to access your files, which can be accessed over the internet without a public endpoint.

    When you log in to Azure Storage Explorer, you are authenticating with your Azure account, which gives you access to your storage account and its contents. As long as you have the appropriate permissions to access the files in your storage account, you should be able to see them in Azure Storage Explorer.

    Regarding your second question, Azure Storage Explorer is primarily an admin tool that is designed for managing Azure storage accounts. While end users can use Azure Storage Explorer to access their files, it is generally not recommended to give end users direct access to Azure Storage Explorer. Instead, you should consider using other tools or applications that are designed for end users, such as web applications or mobile apps that can access your files through the Azure Storage REST API.

    Azure Files is a service that offers file shares in the cloud using the standard Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol. Both SMB 2.1 and SMB 3.0 are supported. With Azure Files, you can migrate legacy applications that rely on file shares to Azure quickly and without costly rewrites. You can use File storage to expose data publicly to the world, or to store application data privately. In this article, you'll learn how to use Storage Explorer to work with file shares and files.

    Using Storage Explorer with Azure Files

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

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