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Creating Azure Storage Accounts

Hands-On Lab

 

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Will Boyd

DevOps Team Lead in Content

Length

00:30:00

Difficulty

Intermediate

Azure offers a variety of storage-related products that can help you solve a wide range of problems. All of these storage products have one thing in common: they require and are organized under storage accounts. As such, the first step in implementing nearly any storage solution in Azure is to create a storage account.

In this lab, you will have the opportunity to practice the task of creating storage accounts. You are provided with a set of basic criteria, and you are asked to create two storage accounts that are configured to meet those criteria. After completing this lab, you will be familiar with the process of creating storage accounts in the Azure portal, and you will be ready to proceed to more complex topics.

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Creating Azure Storage Accounts

In this lab, we will practice the task of creating storage accounts. We are provided with some basic criteria we will use to create two storage accounts. After completing this lab, we will be familiar with the process of creating storage accounts in the Azure portal and will be ready to proceed to more complex topics.

The following are the criteria that we will be using.

Storage Account 1 This account will be used to store critical data with a low tolerance for data loss.

  • Name: hotstorage or something similar if that name is not available
  • Performance: Standard
  • Replication: Read-access geo-redundant storage
  • Access Tier: Hot

Storage Account 2 This account will be used to store logs for future security audits. It has a larger tolerance for data loss and can use a lower replication tier. Also, since it will not be accessed often, the cool access tier is used.

  • Name: coolstorage or something similar if that name is not available
  • Performance: Standard
  • Replication: Locally-redundant storage
  • Access Tier: Cool

Before we Begin

Select the link provided that will take us to the Azure portal. Here, select Use another account and enter the supplied credentials.

Once logged in, note the name of the resource group. The name is created by default and is the area where we will be creating our storage accounts.

Create the Storage Account for Hot Storage

Now that we're signed in, we need to create our first storage account. To do so, select the + Add at the top of the page to create a new resource. Here, either select or search for and select Storage Account. Then, when prompted, select Create.

On the Create storage account page, we will need to fill out the information for our account. For Resource Group, select the existing resource group if it is not already selected. This is the same as the resource group name that we saw when we logged in.

Next, in Storage account name, enter a name similar to hotstorage, though we may need to change it slightly to make it unique. In the Performance section, select Standard if it is not already selected.

For Replication, select Read-access geo-redundant storage (RA-GRS). Then, for Access Tier (default), select Hot.

Finally, we can click Review + Create, then Create. It may take a few moments to finalize, but once it has, we have our first storage account.

Create the Storage Account for Cool Storage

With our hot storage account created, it is time to create our cool one.

To do so, navigate back to the Home page by selecting the Home button at the top of the webpage. Here, choose our resource group. Back on the resource group's page, select + Add to create a new resource. We again need to either select or search for and select Storage Account.

Again, make sure that the Resource Groupis set to our existing resource group if it is not already selected. This time, for the Storage account name, we can use a name similar to coolstorage, but we may need to change it slightly to make it unique.

For the Performance section, select Standard if it is not already selected. Then, for Replication, select Locally-redundant storage (LRS), and for Access Tier (default), select Cool.

Finally, select Review + Create, then Create.

Again, it may take a few moments to finalize, but we will have our cool storage account created and ready for use.

Conclusion

Upon completing this lab, we are now able to create new storage accounts using Microsoft Azure. Congratulations on finishing the lab!