Azure File Storage | How to Create File Storage in Azure?

Azure File Storage | How to Create File Storage in Azure?
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Written by Pritam DharFebruary 24, 2022
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Connect to File Storage to perform various operations such as create, update, get and delete on files in your Azure Storage account. In this article

Introduction to Azure File Storage :

Microsoft Azure File Storage Service is a cloud-based, fully managed storage service that provides a highly accessible, durable, scalable, and unneeded storage system for storing and sharing files in the cloud. Azure Storage offers a shared storage platform across two or more servers or machines and allows users around the world to share data or applications securely with easy access, and the storage system is resilient to any failures. Additionally, Azure File Storage uses the Server Message Block 3.0 (SMB) protocol to share applications, and SMB simplifies the application or data movement in the cloud because it handles encryption and continuous handling.

Azure File Storage Components :

Azure File Storage is a top-level object for sharing a pool of storage that is used to place multiple file shares in the cloud. The user needs to create a storage account to use Azure file storage services. Here are the components used in Azure File Storage Services:

  1. Azure Storage Accounts: Azure storage accounts provide access to all storage objects from Azure, such as queues, blobs, files, tables, and disks. It has a unique name and can be accessed from all over the world. Storage accounts provide options for a variety of configurations that users can use resources; It also provides information on the number of resources available so that storage account limitations can be shared across all storage services.
  2. Azure Storage Share: Azure Storage uses the industry-standard SMB protocol to share files and directories in the cloud. SMB File Share contains all files and directories and the user can create his files and directories only in SMB Share and not in the storage account. Each Akash storage can have an unlimited number of shares and each share can contain one or more files. Azure creates file storage shares before loading or creating a file or directory; Once the file share is created, users can use the same to upload files and directories.
  3. Azure Directory: Azure directories contain files or directory classifications based on specific departmental data, such as documents, logs, and media-related files stored in specific hierarchical directories in hierarchies.
  4. Files: Files are created or uploaded to Akashi Storage Share. This file can be in any format, either text, CSV, image (jpeg/png), or any application. Azure files have support for authentication based on the SMB protocol.
  5. URL format: This is required when requesting Azure shares using the REST protocol, and the URL format should be:
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Azure File Storage data access methods :

The Azure File Storage Service has two methods for granting access to files stored in storage shares; We can also use a combination of the following two methods as needed:

1. Direct Cloud Access

Azure file-sharing can be mounted on any machine or server with Windows, macOS, or Unix platforms, and it uses the Service Message Block (SMB) protocol or REST API for file sharing because Azure provides SMB access. To place a file on Azure, Storage does not require a NAS device or file server because Azure does not have a file share server. For this reason, there is no need to manage and maintain files or applications by installing software patches. Azure SMB Client supports 2.1 or higher; So the OS needs to support it when creating any machine or VM for file sharing. Therefore, when mounting Azure File Share on any on-premises workstation data center, the SMB client version should be higher than 3.0.

2. Azure File Sync

Azure File Sync is used to replicate file shares on an on-premises server or Azure Window platform. It centralizes all organization files in Azure files and provides less latency when accessing the flexibility and compatibility of on-premises file servers. Users can access files shared on SMB or NFS using Azure Window Server. Azure File Sync constantly synchronizes files, leaving frequently accessed data at the endpoint and rarely accessed data in Azure File Share so that access can be accelerated with better performance.

How to Create File Storage in Azure :

Here are the following steps to create File Storage mention be mentioned

  • Prerequisite

Users must have an Azure subscription with a valid email ID and password, as using Azure file storage can be costly. Users can use Azure for 1 month of free access to create API apps with limited resources.

  • Create SQL Database Steps

1. Login into the Azure portal using a valid username and password :

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2. Select the storage account from the Azure Portal menu page:

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3. Now select + Add from the Azure Portal Storage Account page:

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4. Enter the details of the new storage account on the Create Storage Account on Azure Portal page:

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5. Enter the storage account in the project details.

  • Select the Subscription for the Storage Account from the drop-down list.
  • Select the Resource Group option or create a new one from the drop-down list.
  • Select the Location as per region.
  • Select the Performance from Standard and Premium
  • Select the Account Kind based on the SLA required.

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6. Click the Review + Create button to create an example of a storage account for verification.

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7. Select the Create button from the Create Storage Accounts page.

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8. Once the deployment is complete message will be shown on the page as:

“Your deployment is complete.”

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9. Once the deployment is complete. Click on the Go to resources from the above page:

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10. Now select the File Shares option from the resources:

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11. In the File Shares user can mount the data for accessing or sharing:

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Conclusion :

In conclusion, Azure file storage services are more secure and scalable than other traditional data storage systems. It has easy access control with a file storage management platform. Azure uses the SMB protocol to share file storage services, and if integration is required, users need to do less to monitor, maintain and manage Azure file storage services. Also, it is affordable based on the needs of users who can use the storage system.

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