How Do Users Connect to the Local Tier of Azure Files?

SuperEngineerDude 1 Reputation point
2021-11-18T19:55:29.707+00:00

I just set up Azure Files for a customer. I have enabled cloud tiering. But how do users determine whether or not to connect directly to the cloud or a server endpoint? Like with DFS namespaces a user/machine will hit the namespace server to find servers hosting their shares and then use AD site costing to connect to the most appropriate share. How do machines determine which server to connect to for their Azure File share? Is there a DNS record I need to put in place or does the workstation query the Azure Files server to query for local caching servers before going to the cloud? I cannot find this spelled out in any documentation anywhere so if anyone has any knowledge on this it would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. deherman-MSFT 32,156 Reputation points Microsoft Employee
    2021-11-19T17:42:03.173+00:00

    @SuperEngineerDude
    When using Azure File Sync with cloud tiering users should generally be connecting directly to your server endpoint. When a user opens a tiered file, Azure File Sync seamlessly recalls the file data from the file share in Azure. If users connect and make changes directly to Azure Files those changes are not immediately detected by the server endpoint.

    More information can be found on the FAQ and How to manage tiered files

    Hope this helps! Let us know if you have further questions or need more assistance.

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