Microsoft Azure launched a new Option in the Azure Suite a cloud File server. Sounds great how does it work and how to set this up.
First you need to create a new Storage Account
When this account is created you will see a new option in the Dashboard of this storage Account
The next steps will be in Powershell, there is no GUI option here
Before you can connect to your Azure Files network share, we have to download a special powershell package for working with the Azure Files, the package can be found http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=398183
After Downloading this file and extracted we can import the PSD1 file.
# import module and create a context for account and key
import-module "C:\AzureStorageFile\AzureStorageFile.psd1" –Verbose
Next We will create the new storage contex
Use the Name and the Primary key.
Next step is creating a new Share and this can be tricky why ? well you may have the preview as enabled but it can be still not activated. if so you need to make a call to the Support team from Azure.
a simple check will do the trick Can you ping the DNS name ?
But if the result is this :
You can’t create a share and will se an error
New-AzureStorageShare : Cannot bind parameter ‘Context’. Cannot convert the "Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.Storage.Model.ResourceModel.AzureStorageContext" value of type
"Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.Storage.Model.ResourceModel.AzureStorageContext" to type "Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.Storage.File.Model.AzureStorageContext".
At line:2 char:48
But if your account is enabled and activated it will work
# create a new share
$s = New-AzureStorageShare ‘newshare1’ -Context $ctx
# create a directory in the test share just created
New-AzureStorageDirectory -Share $s -Path testdir
The next step is mounting the fileshare to a drive letter.
net use * \\rsmfile01.file.core.windows.net\newshare1 /u:rsmfile01 q+35EmhlLUikunngOWvZK8ysEqWpOLaobJNbS7bUtjTDZIRUI72siY956xHEVCS8ckFq5Vo188hmFfTY1XdPeQ==
But also here this will only work from a Azure VM and not from your home computer.
Again this is just a preview Just be sure to understand the limitations of Azure Files the most important are:
- 5TB per share
- Max file size 1TB
- Up to 1000 IOPS (of size 8KB) per share
- Up to 60MB/s per share of data transfer for large IOs
- SMB 2.1 support only
But for most parts this is fine just another great @azure option !