What is Azure Files?

Azure Files offers fully managed file shares in the cloud that are accessible via the industry standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. Azure file shares can be mounted concurrently by cloud or on-premises deployments of Windows, Linux, and macOS. Additionally, Azure file shares can be cached on Windows Servers with Azure File Sync for fast access near where the data is being used.

Video Walk-through

Step-by-Step

Before you can work with an Azure file share, you have to create an Azure storage account. A general-purpose v2 storage account provides access to all of the Azure Storage services: blobs, files, queues, and tables. The quickstart creates a general-purpose v2 storage account but, the steps to create any type of storage account are similar. A storage account can contain an unlimited number of shares. A share can store an unlimited number of files, up to the capacity limits of the storage account.

To create a general-purpose v2 storage account in the Azure portal, follow these steps:

Create a Storage Account

Next, you create a file share.

So far, you’ve created an Azure storage account and a file share with one file in it in Azure. Next step is, you can use a Local Windows 10 or Linux, or Mac or a Windows Server OS to connect the drive to test the Map drive feature.

Connect to your VM

Map the Azure file share to a Windows drive

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