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I am working with an Azure account and would like to map a drive using SMB (Server Message Block). However I cannot connect despite checking port 445 is open. The suggestion is that it might be my ISP (Vodafone) who has blocked this. Can you advise if this is the case and whether this port can be opened / or any workarounds that may exist.
Hey @godisaclog, thanks for getting in touch, We don't block ports, although you're free to play about with the port settings in expert mode of the router if you wish.
Unfortunately we don't provided support for the type of advanced networking that you're doing. Keep your eyes peeled though, another member of the community may have some ideas.
So after further experimenting I was able to identify that the port blocking wasn't an issue, despite the tools on the internet claiming it was. The connection to Azure needed only the outbound port 445 opening. I tried this via powershell and that worked OK.
The issue was caused by NTLM being set to a lower level than required. I had to change a registry key as described in cause 2 in this article: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-troubleshoot-windows-file-connection-pr...
Once that was done I was suddenly able to map a drive to an Azure file share. It works well - except of course for the latency of accessing Azure over the internet.