We have a local Windows 2008 R2 file server, part of a Windows domain, with security settings on the shared directories depending on domain security groups. I would like to move the file server function to Azure and get rid of our on-premises server.
I am contemplating a setup whereby I would have a VM with file shares, duplicating the same setup and permissions as the on-premises solution, just in Azure (we would use Windows file sharing to map the shared directories for the end users). However, I have noticed that one can use WebDAV with Azure File Storage to share files as well. I believe the virtual machine setup using the virtual machine as the file server would work better for my purposes. Am I right? Does anybody have any other suggestions?
Note that we have a VPN with Azure, which we would use.