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Azure file sharing and AD

I work for a small company, 5 users with Office365 standard license + email with custom domain.
We have an Azure account with a couple on VM for some legacy software.
We would like to set up a file share system like Windows server file share with permission on files and folder, we don't want to use OneDrive, moreover I 'd like to a have a proper AD to manage credentials, single sign on and so on. At the moment we don't have any AD.
I was thinking to set up a Azure Active Directory Domain Services and link it to a file share in a storage account and from there give permissions, but it seems it doesn't work like that.

From what I understand to achive what I want, please correct me if I'm wrong, I still need to have a Windows VM to mount the file share from the storage account and from there share it with all the permissione and users I want.
So I can remove Azure Active Directory Domain Services, create a small VM that act as Domain, sync it to Azure AD that is already install by deafult, I guess, since I'm using Office365, then mount the storage file share on the small VM and from there share it with all the permission, users and so on.
Or I can create Azure Active Directory Domain Services linked to Azure AD and create a small Windows VM join it to Azure Active Directory Domain Services and than mount the storage file share, then share it with all the permission, users and so on.
Do I understand correctly or I'm completely wrong? or there is another option that I miss, or maybe a better way.

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AlanKinane answered

You can mount the Azure files share with a storage account key but then you won't be able to assign granular user/group permissions to the files and folders. If you need permissions then the device you are accessing the share from must be an Azure VM domain joined to Azure AD Domain Services. It would be the same if using Active Directory.

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