Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage

Last updated on January 13, 2021

Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting, and service management environment for the Microsoft cloud platform. Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft data centers.

This page includes documentation for:

  • Azure Blob Storage
  • Azure Files
  • Azure NetApp Files

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Locating Access Key

Log into the Microsoft Azure Portal. Navigate to Storage Accounts and choose a storage account to use. Or you can add a new storage account from this page.

From within a storage account, the credentials can be found under Settings > Access Keys.

From this page you will need the:

  • Storage account name and
  • key1 Key or key2 Key

Alternative: Shared Access Signature

New in version 2006

Instead of using a key, you can also generate and use a Shared Access Signature (SAS).

From the storage account page, under Settings select Shared access signature.

Select desired permissions and expiration and generate the SAS token. It will look something like this:

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Use this SAS token when adding the provider. You may also update the SAS after configuring the storage the same way you can update the password, from the provider settings.

Adding Azure Blob Storage

You can choose to add the Azure Blob Storage Service to your existing Storage Made Easy Account (got to Home→My Dashboard tab and choose Add new Provider Link) or you can sign up for a new free Storage Made Easy account.

Enter only a storage account name and key at the first step of the wizard.

Alternatively, enter a storage account name and an SAS token as the SAS query string.

Selecting containers

After you enter your authentication details you will be taken to a screen where you can choose which containers you wish to add to your Account. You will also need to choose the default container where uploads will be stored By default Storage Made Easy offers the ability to create a new container but you can check the round box to the left of the container to choose an existing one.

Syncing your Metadata

After your authentication has been verified you will be required to sync your metadata to create your cloud view within the File Fabric.

Enabling containers post install

If you add containers later to your Blob Storage Account you can go the provider setting page (My AccountProvidersAzure Settings) for your Azure Cloud Storage.   From here you can update your containers or add new containers.

Azure Settings

You can access the Windows Azure settings after login from the web by clicking on My Account from the sidebar and choosing the Providers tab and then the Azure Cloud Settings link.

From here you can:

Refresh your Cloud Files view: Useful if you added files to Azure from outside of Storage Made Easy. This will resync the file meta information and the files will then be visible in your account.

Master Source: Unless you have a reason to, you should leave this as the default. Setting Azure to be the master will mean that no matter what you do with your data within Storage Made Easy (in terms of moving it around) on the next resync the Azure view will be re-created for your files.

Chunking: Chunking enables you to breakdown files into smaller chunks on upload. You should only use these settings if your Cloud Provider limits the files size on upload. The maximum file upload size for a single file on Azure is 4GB.

Password: If you change your Azure key information you will need to change it here also to enable Storage Made Easy to access the Azure account.

Manage Buckets / Containers: This option enables you to change the default container. This is the default container that will be used for all uploads via Storage Made Easy.   You can also choose to add new containers that can be used in your account.

Add Bucket/Container: Enables you to add a new Azure Container

Remove this provider: Deletes the Azure provider from within Storage Made Easy and removes all the meta-information. Your files on Azure are not affected.

Rate Limiting

Azure may limit the rate at which it processes requests. This page: File Fabric Handling of Rate-Limiting Storage Providers explains how the File Fabric responds to rate limiting.

Azure Files are managed file shares “as-as-service” accessible within Azure through NFS or SMB. They can be used by File Fabric appliances also running on the Azure platform.

Azure Files is certified with the following connectors:

Prerequisites:

  • The SMB/CIFS Multi-user provider requires an Active Directory Integration. For Azure, we recommend using Azure AD Domain Services and enabling Secure LDAP

Azure NetApp Files are native NetApp file shares “as-as-service” accessible within Azure through NFS or SMB. They can be used by File Fabric appliances also running on the Azure platform.

Azure NetApp Files is certified with the following connectors:

Prerequisites:

  • The SMB/CIFS Multi-user provider requires Active Directory Integration. For Azure, we recommend using Azure AD Domain Services and enabling Secure LDAP.

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