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Savill's FAQs: Exploring Azure Files Sync Features

Three times a week, John Savill tackles your most pressing IT questions. Today he shares some tips about Azure Files Sync.

Three times a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), John Savill tackles your most pressing IT questions.

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Today you can learn more about the Azure Files Sync feature.


Q. What is Azure Files Sync tiering?

A. Azure Files Sync moves files between your on-premises file server and Azure Files. When a file is tiered, the Azure File Sync file system filter replaces the file locally with a pointer. This way, your least-used content can be stored in the cloud (in Azure Files) and you have more disk space on-premises. However, if the file is accessed, the pointer ensures that the file is automatically pulled down from Azure Files completely transparently to the end-user (other than a potentially delay for the download).


Q. I'm using Azure File Sync. However, I notice files don't tier straight away.

A. Files do not tier automatically. It can take a number of hours as a snapshot is performed before any tiering actually occurs.


Q. Can I force a tier to occur for my Azure Files Sync content?

A. Yes. Using PowerShell you can force a tier to occur:

Import-Module "C:\Program Files\Azure\StorageSyncAgent\StorageSync.Management.ServerCmdlets.dll"
Invoke-StorageSyncCloudTiering -Path <tiered path>

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