Creating a Microsoft Azure Storage Container

This article details how to create a Microsoft Azure storage bucket to use with Panzura CloudFS

To create a storage bucket within Azure:

  1. If using Azure for the first time, create a master account on the Azure portal for your organization. The master account is a central location for accessing all of your Azure services. It is also used for billing purposes.
  2. Create an Azure storage account within the master account.
  3. Create the storage bucket that your Panzura Filers will use to securely store your encrypted data.

Task 1: Create Microsoft Azure Account

If this is your first time using Microsoft Azure, you will need to create a master account for billing purposes. The account can be created by navigating to https://azure.microsoft.com and selecting my account, located at the top right of the window.

Task 2: Create an Azure Storage Account

  1. Sign in to the master account from the Azure portal.
  2. Select Create a resource > Storage > Storage Account.
  3. Enter a name for your storage account. Make note of the storage account name. It will be required later when configuring the Panzura Filer.
  4. Specify the deployment model to be used. For all new Azure storage accounts, Panzura recommends using the Resource Manager type. The Classic model is also supported.
  5. Select Standard for the performance tier.
  6. Microsoft Azure offers a range of data redundancy capabilities. Panzura recommends consulting Microsoftโ€™s descriptions of these capabilities prior to configuring your bucket. Make this selection carefully. While possible, changing this configuration later can be an involved process and might require downtime.
    Note: Panzura supports LRS, ZRS, GRS, and RA-GRS.
  7. Select the subscription in which you want to create the new storage account.
  8. Specify a new resource group or select an existing resource group. For more information on resource groups, see Creating a Microsoft Azure Storage Container.
  9. Select the geographic location for your storage account.
  10. Click Create to create the storage account.
  11. After the storage account has been successfully created, navigate to the storage account windows pane. Select the key icon located to the right of Essentials. Copy key1 and paste it to a temporary location. It will be required later when configuring the Panzura Filer.

Task 3: Create Cloud Storage Bucket

  1. Within the Azure Portal, navigate to Storage accounts.
  2. Select the storage created in Part 2.
  3. Within the storage account window pane, select Blobs.
  4. Within the Blob service window pane, select the container below the name of the blob service.
  5. Enter a name for the container. Set the Access Type to Private and select create. Make note of the container name. It will be required later when configuring the Panzura Filer.

Information Required for Azure Cloud License Activation

The following information is required to activate the Azure cloud license on the Panzura Filer:

  • Hostname: windows.net *windows.net must always be in lowercase
  • Path: panzura (this can be changed to any combination of letters and numbers)
  • Container: This is name of the container specified in Part 3, step 5 above
  • Storage Account Name: This is the name of the storage account specified in Part 2, step 3.
  • Primary Access Key: This is key1, which was captured in Part 2, step 11.

(For help activating the license, please contact Panzura Support.)

Testing Upload to the Azure Bucket

After the Azure bucket is added to the Panzura license manager, navigate to Maintenance > Diagnostics in the Panzura WebUI and perform the cloud-upload test to verify that the connection is functional.

 

Panzura supports the "Secure Transfer enabled" option that helps enhance the security of the Azure Users Storage Account. Users who wish to select this option in a live environment will experience no disruption. More information regarding this can be found here.