To be able to use Azure Tables, Blob and File Storage you must first set up a Storage Account. As with (almost!) everything in Azure, it’s easy and fast to do this.
Let’s get started. Sign into the Azure Portal, then select Storage accounts on the navigation pane at the left. Click Add, as shown here:
Enter your preferred storage account name, and fill in the other details:
The preceding settings create the most cost-efficient storage account by design. You can, of course, change these settings as you might like, but here’s an explanation for what’s recommended:
- Deployment mode = Resource manager offers all the latest Azure features
- Account kind = StorageV2, which provides the latest Azure features including SMB 3.0
- Performance = Standard, storage on a HDD; Premium is on an SSD, which offers lower latency at a higher cost
- Alas, there’s no way to explain Replication in just a few words! Suffice it to say that LRS is the most cost-efficient election. Read more about replication here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-redundancy
- Use Access tier = Cool for data that’s not accessed frequently. You can also create another storage account for frequently accessed data with the setting Access tier = Hot
When you’re done, click Create. Azure notifies you when the storage you’ve configured is ready to be used.
That’s it. You have created a new Azure Storage Account in a minute or two.
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.