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Map Azure Blob Storage in Windows Explorer

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  • In my research, I've found a number of 3rd-party apps that allow you to 'mount' an Azure drive in Explorer, but only found 1 article (https://goo.gl/MdsKhQ) mentioning mapping Azure in Explorer. Unfortunately, I do not understand it.

    What steps, specifically, does it take to create an Azure storage mapped drive in Explorer?

    Thanks, Scott

    Saturday, November 12, 2016 4:12 PM

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  • Yes, they are different You can read about the differences here https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-introduction/ and see which one meets your needs.

    It sounds like you want to use Azure file storage so you can map the account as an smb 3.0 share. Its straight forward. Just make sure your Windows operating system supports smb 3.0 and port 445 isn't blocked for outbound. You can see the guide here and see which operating systems are supported https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-dotnet-how-to-use-files/
    • Edited by Nick HogarthMVP Sunday, November 13, 2016 4:50 AM .
    • Marked as answer by msdnScott Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:22 PM
    Sunday, November 13, 2016 4:41 AM

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  • You can use storage explorer to browse it http://storageexplorer.com/ , but i dont think you can map it. For mapping Azure storage, Azure provide "Azure file storage" to be mapped as smb 3.0 shares https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-dotnet-how-to-use-files/
    Sunday, November 13, 2016 12:51 AM
  • You can use storage explorer to browse it http://storageexplorer.com/ , but i dont think you can map it. For mapping Azure storage, Azure provide "Azure file storage" to be mapped as smb 3.0 shares https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-dotnet-how-to-use-files/

    Thanks, Nick. I'm simply using Azure for monthly archival...is there any 'difference' in using File storage vs. Blob?

    Sunday, November 13, 2016 2:50 AM
  • Yes, they are different You can read about the differences here https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-introduction/ and see which one meets your needs.

    It sounds like you want to use Azure file storage so you can map the account as an smb 3.0 share. Its straight forward. Just make sure your Windows operating system supports smb 3.0 and port 445 isn't blocked for outbound. You can see the guide here and see which operating systems are supported https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-dotnet-how-to-use-files/
    • Edited by Nick HogarthMVP Sunday, November 13, 2016 4:50 AM .
    • Marked as answer by msdnScott Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:22 PM
    Sunday, November 13, 2016 4:41 AM
  • Hi,

    As far as I know, we can’t mount Azure Blob Storage as a native share on a virtual machine, even use the third-party tool mount Azure Blob Storage on a VM, we still can’t access this disc direct. Here is the error message, it means if you are developing a new application, you should leverage the native Azure API directly into Blob Storage, not mount Azure Blob Storage as a native share on a virtual machine.

    But Azure File Service provides a SMB protocol interface to Azure Blob Storage which solves the problem. If you are porting an existing application that needs to share files then use Azure File Service.

    We should new the Azure storage account and create the File service:

    Then we can use PowerShell script to mount Azure Share File on a VM:

    cmdkey /add:jasonmap.file.core.windows.net /user:jasonmap
    /pass:8ln5if22CnLsHxTSNPPRE3h/8lbGHywkdx51rtZ+K6QV0PKmbODmo84VCW/5qlri/iDojrNPiNkSoxCcE0QFcg==
    
    net use K: \\jasonmap.file.core.windows.net\jasonmapfile
    /u:jasonmap 8ln5if22CnLsHxTSNPPRE3h/8lbGHywkdx51rtZ+K6QV0PKmbODmo84VCW/5qlri/iDojrNPiNkSoxCcE0QFcg==

    If you still have questions, welcome to post back here. Thanks.

    Best Regards,


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    • Proposed as answer by Sirius Kuttiyan Thursday, November 17, 2016 7:37 PM
    Monday, November 14, 2016 9:07 AM
  • Yes, they are different You can read about the differences here https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-introduction/ and see which one meets your needs.

    It sounds like you want to use Azure file storage so you can map the account as an smb 3.0 share. Its straight forward. Just make sure your Windows operating system supports smb 3.0 and port 445 isn't blocked for outbound. You can see the guide here and see which operating systems are supported https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-dotnet-how-to-use-files/
    Unfortunately, I discovered my ISP blocks port 445 on the server side, not via my gateway...bummer. I guess I'll attempt using azCopy command-line tool.
    Friday, November 18, 2016 3:05 PM