Consider the following scenario;
You are a small organization and most of your line of business applications are SaaS or web based. You want to embrace BYOD to help employees to be productive on the devices they love and have access to company applications at any time from any location. With all your applications being SaaS and web based this is relatively easy. However, what if still need to support 2 or 3 Windows Applications that you want to manage centrally. Azure RemoteApp seems to be ideal for that use case! With Azure RemoteApp there is no need to setup and maintain a complex RDS infrastructure backend and Windows Applications can be delivered to any device at any time. Some of the Windows Applications however still need access to a classic file share / drive mapping to access centrally stored application configuration files and data. What you can do is stand up file server in Azure IaaS, create a file share and publish that on the RD Session Host servers as part of you Azure RemoteApp Collection. However, that is yet another server to manage, monitor and maintain where your organization may want to move forward to a full “as a service” environment.
Why not use Azure File Services to store application configuration files for Azure RemoteApp application?
Here’s how in 4 easy steps:
4. You map a network drive directly to the File Share.
In scenario’s where you deployed a Cloud (non-domain joined) Azure RemoteApp collection, you can place the same logon script inside the Azure RemoteApp template image. For more information on how to perform this see: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/cloud_solution_architect/2016/04/08/configuring-startup-logon-scripts-for-azure-remoteapp/
Of course, you can also create the Azure File Service inside the Azure V1 (classic) portal. The screen shots below outline the necessary steps
4. Now create the drive mapping the same way as described above.
That’s it! An easy way to share configuration data & file for Windows Applications hosted on Azure RemoteApp.
Q Can I use Azure File Services for all File Server needs?
A Technically yes, however do note that Azure File Services does not support NTFS
Originally posted here: http://microsoftplatform.blogspot.nl/2016/05/using-azure-file-services-to-store.html