Azure Classroom Series – 19/Dec/2020

Azure Blob Storage

  • Blob Storage is ideal for
    • Serving images or documents directly to browser
    • Storing files for distributed access
    • Streaming audio & video files
    • Log Files
    • Backup, Restore, Disaster Recovery
  • To use Blob Storage, we can use GPV1 GPV2 or Block Blob Storage.
  • In Block Blob Storage, we have three resources
    • Storage Account
    • Container
    • Blob Preview
  • When we create an azure storage account a unique namespace in azure is created for the data. for example if we create a storage account with name qtstorageaccount, default endpoint for Blob storage will be
  • So due to this storage account names have to be unique accross azure. Preview Preview
  • Lets create a storage account Preview
  • Containers: Container organizes set of blobs (Similar to folder in filessystem) Preview Preview Preview
  • Each item which we upload to the Container is blob and every blob can be accessed over url Preview Preview
  • Block blobs store text and binary data (any file). Block blobas are made up of blocls of data
  • Maxium size of the file in Block storage is 4.75 TiB.
  • Page blobs store disks upto 8TiB in size

Scenario: LT-Elearn

  • LT-Elearn has documets of size 1 GB and they need to move to Azure Storage account. How do i move them?
  • To Move data into blob storage or migrate existing data into blob storage we have following options
    • AzCopy:
      • easy to use commandline tool for windows and linux that copies data to and from Blob storage
    • Azure Storage Data Movement Library
    • Blobfuse
    • Azure Data Box
    • Azure Import/Export


  • Refer Here for az copy docs Preview
  • To use storage effectively we need to setup the user with necessary authorization.
  • We also need to understand commandline options

Azure Storage Explorer

  • Install azure storage explorer from Refer Here

  • Post installation navigate to storage account and select open in explorer option Preview Preview Preview Preview

  • Lets create containers using Azure Storage explore and upload local files to azure storage account

  • Exercise: Create a azure storage account with the following structure using storage explorer Preview

Setup for next class

  • Ensure Azure CLI and Azure Powershell are installed Refer Here
  • Next steps:
    • Endpoints (Public & Private)
    • Private and anonymous read on blob’s and containers
    • Access keys and shared access signatures
    • Az Copy
    • Blob fulse
    • Azure Import/Export Service
    • Azure Data Box Service.

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