best way to configure access to network shares on a vm

MReed 31 Reputation points

I am migrating our network share folders [under a TB] and the goal is to eventually rid ourselves of our onprem server. currently the employees access via an VPN and then RDC. what are my options for accessing the shares that will be on the azure VM?
I have been able to map a drive to the azure vm file share. Would that be the best course of action here or should i be creating a vpn with a private IP?
If we go that route do the users need to have RDC licenses in place to access the vm file share?
What other options do i have? Preferably it would be cool to use Azure AD to authenticate to the VM but some of our users are hybrid users and not sure if this will work?

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Azure Files
An Azure service that offers file shares in the cloud.
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  1. Sumarigo-MSFT 44,081 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    @MReed Firstly, apologies for the delay in responding here and any inconvenience this issue may have caused.

    • SMB file shares can be mounted on your local machine by using the SMB 3.x protocol, or you can use tools like Storage Explorer to access files in your file share. NFS file shares can be mounted on your local machine by copy/pasting the script provided by the Azure portal. From your application, you can use storage client libraries, REST APIs, PowerShell, or Azure CLI to access your files in the Azure file share

    To learn more about azure files, see FAQs

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