Creating a storage on Azure

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Today I’m going to show you how to create a storage in the Microsoft Azure portal. So straight to the point, let’s get start: First log on your Azure Portal, next go to the “Search Bar” and type “Storage Accounts“, after that select Storage Accounts and finally click “Create“.

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Now let’s add the necessary information for each Storage, remembering which organization will have Storages according to your needs. I will detail each configuration (Required ones):

Basics tab

  • Subscription – Select the subscription for the new storage account.
  • Resource group – Create a new resource group for this storage account, or select an existing one. For more information, see Resource groups.
  • Storage account name – Choose a unique name for your storage account. Storage account names must be between 3 and 24 characters in length and may contain numbers and lowercase letters only.
  • Region – Select the appropriate region for your storage account. Not all regions are supported for all types of storage accounts or redundancy configurations.
  • Performance – Select Standard performance for general-purpose v2 storage accounts (default). This type of account is recommended by Microsoft for most scenarios. Select Premium for scenarios requiring low latency. After selecting Premium, select the type of premium storage account to create. The following types of premium storage accounts are available:
  • Redundancy – Select your desired redundancy configuration. Not all redundancy options are available for all types of storage accounts in all regions. If you select a geo-redundant configuration (GRS or GZRS), your data is replicated to a data center in a different region. For read access to data in the secondary region, select Make read access to data available in the event of regional unavailability.
  • Advanced tab

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    • Connectivity method – By default, incoming network traffic is routed to the public endpoint for your storage account. You can specify that traffic must be routed to the public endpoint through an Azure virtual network. You can also configure private endpoints for your storage account. For more information, see Use private endpoints for Azure Storage.
    • Routing preference – The network routing preference specifies how network traffic is routed to the public endpoint of your storage account from clients over the internet. By default, a new storage account uses Microsoft network routing. You can also choose to route network traffic through the POP closest to the storage account, which may lower networking costs. For more information, see Network routing preference for Azure Storage.

    Then click Create.

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    After creation check it in your Storage accounts and by clicking on settings you can see all the parameters used in the Storage settings.

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    Thanks guys and see you on the next post!

    How to authenticate AzCopy on Azure

    AzCopy should now be downloaded to your computer (If you don’t know how to do this, go back to the last post here). But before you can perform any tasks, it is necessary to authenticate to your Azure subscription to access Azure Storage first.

    There are two ways to authenticate AzCopy to your Azure storage accounts – Azure Active Directory or by a Shared Access Signature (SAS) token. In this article, we’ll focus on using Azure AD.

    The most common method to authenticate AzCopy is via Azure AD. When using Azure AD, you have several options. Some of these options are:

    • Interactive Login – User is prompted to log in using the browser.
    • Service Principal + password – For non-interactive login. Recommended for automation and scripting.
    • Service Principal + certificate – For non-interactive login. Recommended for automation and scripting.

    In this article, you will learn how to authenticate via interactive login. To do so, first, open a command prompt or PowerShell and run the below command. The –tenant-id parameter is optional but recommended, especially if your login account is associated with more than one Azure tenant.

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    Once executed, you will be asked to open a browser and navigate to https://microsoft.com/devicelogin and enter the displayed code. You can see what that will look like below.

    05Enter the code from AzCopy into the browser

    Once you’ve entered the code into the browser, click Next and proceed to sign in to your account.

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    When sign-in is done, you should see the status shown in the browser and in the terminal similar to what’s shown in the screenshot below.

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    Now that you have all this knowledge, you should now be ready to put AzCopy in action! See you soon folks!

    Azure’s Auto-Shutdown

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    Hi folks,

    Today we’ll talk about how to set up Azure Auto-Shutdown through the Azure portal.

    This feature allows the machine to be programmed to shut down every day at the same time if you turn it on at some point throughout the day. Also, through the Auto-Shutdown you can configure a “Webhook” to notify the VM shutdown.


    But what does “Webhook“ mean?

    WebHook is a concept called “Web callback” or “HTTP Push API”, it is an application to provide other applications with information in real-time. The webhook provides data for other applications, meaning that you get data right away. Unlike typical APIs where you need to search for data very often in order to get it in real-time.

    How to Configure Auto-Shutdown

    To configure go to your virtual machine, in the Operations bar click on “Auto-Shutdown”.

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    Now we are going to add the time that the VM will be turned off, the Time Zone of your region and if you have any Webhook or email click on “yes” to add it then click on “Save“.

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    All done! My virtual machine is set up to shut down through Auto-Shutdown.

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    That’s all for now guys, see you then!