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Recover deleted files from Azure File Storage

    Question

  • From: Ray Manriquez @IT247364 via Twitter

    How do we recover deleted files from Azure File Storage?

    Thanks,

    @AzureSupport

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:52 PM

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  • Hi,

    Thank you for posting here!

    It's not possible to restore a deleted storage account or retrieve any of the content that it contained before deletion. Be sure to back up anything you want to save before you delete the account. This also holds true for any resources in the account—once you delete a blob, table, queue, or file, it is permanently deleted.

    For more information, refer below link:

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/documentation/articles/storage-create-storage-account/

    One possible solution would be to reach out to Azure support and ask them if they can restore the deleted files for you. Typically, if you reach out to them soon after the accidental deletes, they would be able to restore the files for you.

    Regards,

    Vikranth S.

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    Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:43 AM
    Moderator
  • What good are Azure folder shares if there is no way to back them up?  If we map these shares up for users and they accidentally delete files and/or folders, which they do often, we should be able to go back and restore those files and/or folders ourselves.  I tried using Microsoft Azure Backup but it wont backup mapped drives.  Is there another solution to backup these Azure folder shares?

    Raymanriquez

    Thursday, June 16, 2016 6:23 PM
  • Hello,

    Below mentioned steps are helpful to take a backup of shared files.

    1. Create local account with the same username/password as Azure File Storage account.

    2. Create symbolic link on file system to point to remote share (mklink /d c:\storage\folder \\file.core.windows.net\share\folder\)

    3. Create backup task on Cobian and point as source folder c:\storage\folder

    4. Under "advanced settings" in Cobian job, choose "run as different user" and specify local account you created in step 1.

    5. At this point you have reliable Full/Incremental/Differential style backup to local file system in Azure VM. I installed Azure Windows Backup agent and also backed up to Azure recovery vault which provides "offsite storage"

    Another way to take a backup of shared file is to use AzCopy and back up your files to Azure Blob Storage. You can automate this using a web job if you need to.

    AzCopy lets you run full and incremental copies, so you can run a full backup on a specific day, like Saturday, then do incremental backups on the other days of the week. You can learn more about AzCopy on this page http://aka.ms/azcopy that shows you how to transfer files using AzCopy.

    Regards,

    Vikranth S.


    Friday, June 17, 2016 10:07 AM
    Moderator
  • Really interested in the answer to this.

    We are looking at moving from on site file servers to Azure mapped drives, and we need to know that we can restore files if deleted or overwritten by mistake, as per any disaster recovery option.

    Running a process on the PCs is kind of against the idea of running a cloud based business, but if it's the only option then we need to think about things.

    Peter

    Saturday, June 18, 2016 8:19 PM