Microsoft Azure Storage and Database Part 5 – Storage Explorer For Azure Storage
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In our last article we have discussed on how to work with Azure Blob using Portal and Powershell. Today in this article we will continue with Blob Storage and discuss how to work with blob storage using Storage Explorer. Let’s go through the article.
Previous Azure series :
- Learn Basics Of Azure Networking In 60 Hours
- Learn Basic Of Azure Active Directory And Azure Identity And Access Management
- Azure DevOps – Learn at one place
If you have missed our previous articles on Azure Storage and Database Series, please check it in following links.
Azure Storage :
As we know that, Azure Storage is one of the cloud computing PaaS services provided by the Microsoft. Azure Storage provides cloud storage that is highly available, secure, durable, scalable, and redundant. It is massively scalable and elastic. It can store and process hundreds of terabytes of data. Also we can store the small amounts of data and process it
Microsoft Storage Explorer :
Azure Storage Explorer is free tool provided by Microsoft, to makes it easy to work with Azure Storage data on any platform( Windows, macOS, and Linux). It provides a graphical environment to browse and perform actions against Azure Storage accounts. This tool allows us to efficiently connect and manage our Azure storage service accounts and resources across subscriptions. It provides support to create, delete, view, and edit resources in Azure Storage, Azure Cosmos DB, and Data Lake Storage. We can easily connect to your subscription and manipulate your tables, blobs, queues, and files.
Benefits of using Azure Storage Explorer :
- Easily to connect and manage one or multiple Storage accounts.
- User-friendly UI to view and update entities of not only just for storage accounts but also for Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Data Lake.
- Increased productivity with quick access to our data and management of the objects in our storage with ease.
- Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer enables us to work with Azure Storage data safely and securely on any platform.
Set Up Azure Storage Explorer:
Now I have introduced you to, Azure Storage Explorer tool, which will improve your overall development experience with Azure Storage. Now time comes to configure Azure Storage Explore on our machine to take these advantages. Follow the below steps.
Step 1 – Click here to Download and Install Storage Explorer. In the dropdown box, we can choose windows, macOS, Linux. In our case I have selected Window as you can see in the following figure.
Step 2 – When we start our installation, accept the agreement and follow the instruction care full as showing in the following figure.
Step 3 – Now we have successfully install Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer . Let’s launch the tool, if it is not automatically launch.
Step 4 – In Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer, select View > Account Management or select the Manage Accounts button then Add An Account… or click on Connector image as shown in the following figure. In the Connect to Azure Storage dialog opens. In the Select Resource panel, select Subscription.
Step 5 – Choose an Azure environment to sign-in, in the Select Azure Environment Tab, then select Next to proceed.
Step 6 – Azure Storage Explorer will open a log-in page for us to sign in.
Step 7 – After log-in successfully the log-in page return us to the Azure Storage Explorer after showing the following message.
Step 8 – After we successfully sign in with an Azure account, all the Azure subscriptions associated with that account appear under ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT. Chose the Azure subscriptions that we want to work with, and then select Open Explorer.
Step 9 – As showing in the following figure, Azure Storage Explorer displays the storage accounts associated with the selected Azure subscriptions. In the following figure it is showing all our storage accounts and their components, we have created in our previous lab.
Step 10 – As we discussed, Azure Storage Explorer allow us to manage our storage account easily through the UI. As we can see in the following figure, we can do many actions to our storage accounts like in Blob container , we can Upload new files, download files , view list of blobs etc.
Let’s upload a new file to our container by clicking on Upload button and browse the required file and it will be seen in the blob.
Step 12 – We can also keep our files in a folder structure by creating folders as showing in the following figure.
Step 13 – All actions we are performing here in Azure Storage Explorer, can be immediately visible through Azure portal as showing in the following figure.
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