If you can extend your datacenter into the cloud using a secured network path and Windows Azure, it sure should follow that you can take advantage of cloud-based virtual machines to perform some of your more common infrastructure tasks. For example: File Servers.
“Yeah, I get it, Kevin. You have a secured network connection, and you can just treat it like any other server.”
Ah.. but what if you want to use something like WebDAV for storage on a server instead? (WebDAV = Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning.) Perhaps you want to map a drive to a WebDAV connection to a cloud-based server? That doesn’t require anything other than HTTP to access Windows Server-based storage.
In today’s article in our “20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services” series, my friend Brian Lewis describes the scenario, and then provides a detailed step-by-step on how to install and configure WebDAV on a Windows Server 2012 running in Windows Azure, how to configure the proper endpoint and firewall rules, and then how to map a drive letter on a local machine and make the connection.