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Microsoft Azure support for Cloud Distributions points

Is it possible to add for Microsoft Azure to the Cloud Distribution points feature? I think Block Blobs feature is the one that makes the most sense for this. http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/storage/

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Posted: by thomas.moser

Agreed, MS Azure would be great to support!

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Posted: by Taylor.Armstrong

Azure is the only cloud service currently authorized for my employer... would be fantastic and remove the need for a fair bit of jerry-rigging infrastructure if we could use it!

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Posted: by milesleacy

We, and I suspect lots of other big enterprises, own all the Microsoft things.

Azure support for cloud DPs would allow me to stop managing DPs.

This FR was logged in April 2014. How long has it been under review?

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Posted: by isradame

I agree. This will be great. Our company already uses Microsoft Azure.

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Posted: by erikmillett

+1 for Azure Storage as a Cloud DP

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Posted: by Matt.Ellis

Yes please Azure is the only Cloud we are allowed to have infrastructure on. AWS is off limits for us.

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Posted: by bside

Another +1.

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Posted: by joe.bloom

Thank you for all the comments on this feature request. I'm curious to know if using our JAMF Cloud Distribution Service (JCDS) would help alleviate some of the restrictions and open up your ability to do more with cloud-based distribution.

There is more information about our JCDS here on JAMF Nation.

Is this something that would help with your distribution needs? I'd love to get your take on it, and as always thank you for the feedback.

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Posted: by mpermann

@joe.bloom unless the information in the article you linked to is incorrect, this option is only available if your JSS is hosted on JAMF Cloud. It doesn't seem to be an option for folks with on-premise installations. I'm guessing the feature request if from folks who host their own JSS either on premise or in their own cloud.

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Posted: by joe.bloom

Thank you, @mpermann. Yes, that makes sense.

That being said, options for current on premise or private cloud users would be 1) this feature request to be fulfilled, 2) migrating to a JAMF Cloud instance to use a fully hosted model, or perhaps 3) a different case of enabling JAMF Cloud Distribution Service for on premise or private cloud users. That assumes that items 2 and 3 would be acceptable alternatives, and I recognize they may not be based on internal security practices/requirements.

I'll keep an eye on this for any additional feedback. Keep the votes coming and let us know anything more about how Azure support can help you with distribution or the fit of any alternatives.

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Posted: by blackholemac

Giving this a Plus one. we are starting to dabble in Azure now... given that going to Azure would be more cost-effective than say setting up an Amazon cloud distribution point . Our organization could sorely use an off-campus distribution point for internally hosted JSS . We allow off-campus communication between device and JSS . We currently do not have a system to push packages off campus . having more options for cloud distribution point sounds great to me.

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Posted: by bchapin

upvote for this. Azure is our only option and it would greatly simplify my implementation.

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Posted: by blackholemac

Giving this an immediate bump...our district just signed an agreement with Microsoft for Azure I would love to be able to use it as a cloud distribution point

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Posted: by guidotti

We are starting to use Azure for everything.
As @milesleacy mentioned, we own all the Microsoft things.

We also have ExpressRoute https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/expressroute/
which is a faster tunnel to this infrastructure.

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Posted: by tjoyce

New Jamf customer on day one. Azure is our only cloud provider, so this would be great slash necessary.

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Posted: by chrislyons

Would Like to Just Ask for this to be pushed passed the review process and into the next Full Release or sooner. The Company I work for has a world wide presence but also seems to be moving to Azure for most of thier Internal file shares.

Thanks

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Posted: by swhps

Another vote for Azure deploy point!!

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Posted: by nlucia

Another vote for Azure DP, especially since jamfnation won't allow me to upvote this!

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Posted: by nberanger

We need this. JCDS is broken. If we configure a webserver on Azure, can we not just configure Jamf Pro to point to it as a HTTP DP?

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Posted: by aprichard

I am also voting for Azure DP's! This would be a very useful addition.

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Posted: by kai.wang1

We also need Azure.

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Posted: by MacDavid

+1 Azure Cloud as DP

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Posted: by brent.david

+1 to Infinity <><> this is very much needed

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Posted: by NightFlight

+

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Posted: by swhps

+1

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Posted: by gjv

Definately!

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Posted: by wmehilos

Another +1 for me. We're going to eventually have only Azure and Google Cloud, since both are easily integrated with our directory and existing services.

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Posted: by prbsparx

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/storage/files/ describes itself as SMB and HTTPS share... has anyone tried using this just like you would a local SMB/HTTPS share?

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Posted: by mrhollywoodgates

@prbsparx I looked into this just a little bit today, as I'd also like to use Azure storage instead of AWS and the others. For the SMB connection, I was able to connect and get Jamf Admin to mount the Azure SMB share as a distribution point using the Storage Account Access Key.

However, I ran into a roadblock when I tried to create a read-only account that would be used when clients mount. The current Azure AD integration is still in Preview and only supported on Windows that is bound to Azure AD, not Linux / Mac. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-files-active-directory-enable. Without Azure AD, the read-only options are Shared Key and Shared Access Signatures (SAS). SAS is not supported for mounting SMB, only API calls to Azure, so that leaves Shared Key, but those are only read-write. So, while I got it "working" it didn't support the security / authentication that I'd want.

If anyone can figure out any differently (I'm no Azure expert) let me know!

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Posted: by juliusr

Agreed, MS Azure would be great to support!

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Posted: by txhaflaire

@jamf any progress on this feature request? many and many enterprise environments have already Azure and all of the benefits, with the arrival of Jamf Connect login and Jamf Connect Verify and the Azure AD support the next step hopefully will be to add Azure as an Cloud Distribution point provider!

Nowadays for larger enterprise environments that have maybe an Azure and Google cloud environment, IT Sec departments do not allow to have a third or fourth cloud party like Amazon or Akamai oi. In the way of legalwise, contract wise etc etc.

I guess i speak for many, it would be really cool!

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Posted: by jonathan.mcc

We are in education and many other may have a Microsoft Agreement that includes Azure Credits and want to use them for jamf Pro Cloud Distribution. This would be hugely important for many education institutions not wanting to purchase ANOTHER subscription.

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Posted: by dpertschi

@jonathan.mcc If you can live with anonymous authentication you can configure an Azure storage blob as a DP.
https://www.jamf.com/jamf-nation/discussions/18489/anyone-using-azure-for-dps#responseChild182180

I'm hopeful that someone can figure out how configure with username/password authentication.

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Posted: by jonathan.mcc

Yeah, I know it's possible that way. Would be great to have it natively supported though for simplicity. We will have to keep waiting :)

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Posted: by dgreening

Our org would be interested in native support for an Azure DP to augment our on-prem DPs (to serve any out of bounds/dmz folks).

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Posted: by prbsparx

Was hoping Jamf would announce this as planned by now since Jamf has started partnering closely with Microsoft.

Any news Jamf?

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Posted: by kerouak

Yep, Any news JAMF??
I only have access to Azure here, so I'm a bit 'stuck' at present...

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