How to create a new blob to store VHD's to present to VM's (not a programmer!) RRS feed

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  • Hello all,

    I'm using the IAAS components of Azure. I have a several vm's spun up and only had the default storage account setup. until I became aware of how Azure manages storage in terms of IOPS and throughput.. in an effort to increase performance and keep certain workloads on different spindles I created a second storage account. Then a container. Thinking I would then be able to select this or manually enter the url for the storage container when attaching a disk to a VM. however I understand now that's not how it works. That's the good news. What I don't understand is how it DOES work. all the references I find to creating a new blob are for developers and are talking about code writing and such and that's only for programmatic access not access from the "attach new disk" gui in the management portal (where you cant just simply change the url even if I managed to create a new page blob. I just want to be able to use that new storage location to store VHDS in and use it when attaching disks. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:24 PM


  • Hi Jose;

    If i understand it correctly you are trying to create a new storage account and then transfer the existing VHD please make sure that the VM needs to be shutdown before you move it. Steps involved are : 

    1. Shut down the VM
    2. Copy the system disk's VHD to the new storage account (use Copy Blob feature!)
    3. Create a new VM based on the copied VHD   

    As you have posted you are not a programmer i have listed the detailed steps.

    Link to create a new storage account.

    To transfer vhd/ blob storage to a different storage account please use Cloud Explorer given below is  the details.

    How to Use Cross-Account Copy with CloudBerry Explorer

    1. Run CloudBerry Explorer for Windows Azure.
    2. Select two different Windows Azure storage accounts from the “Source” drop-down list.
    3. Move any object you want just as usually. Your objects will be transferred using Azure cross-account copy feature.
    Note: cross-account copy feature works only when moving data from any Windows Azure accounts to those that have been created after June 7th 2012. For transferring data to accounts that were created earlier cross-account copy wouldn't work.
    If you want more details about Azure cross-account copy feature, please check Windows Azure Storage Team Blog.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Warm Regards


    Thursday, August 28, 2014 5:27 PM