DEMO: Creating an Azure File Share
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This course is intended for those who wish to learn about the basics of Microsoft Azure storage, covering the core storage services in Azure and the different storage account types that are available. You'll watch a demonstration that shows you how to create a storage account in Microsoft Azure.

The course then moves on to look at the storage services in more detail: blob storage, Azure Files, Azure Queues, and Azure Tables. We'll also cover encryption and bursting.

This course contains hands-on demonstrations from the Azure portal so that you can see the concepts covered in this course put into practice. If you have any feedback relating to this course, feel free to reach out to us at

Learning Objectives

  • Define the major components of Azure Storage
  • Understand blob storage and what it offers
  • Understand how to use Azure Files
  • Learn about Azure Queues and how to create a queue
  • Learn why and when to use an Azure Table

Intended Audience

This course is intended for anyone who wants to learn the basics of Azure Storage.


To get the most out of this course, you should have a basic understanding of the Microsoft Azure platform.



Hello and welcome back. Now, once we have a storage account created, we can go ahead and create file shares if we're going to use the Azure file service. What I'm going to do here is show you how to create a file share within an Azure Storage account.

Now on the screen, you can see I'm in the storage account and I'm on the overview page. Now, from this overview page, to create a file share, I simply navigate to the file shares tab. The file shares tab allows us to see any file shares we've already created. And as you can see on the screen, we have none.

To create a new file share, we simply click the file share link here, and then we can give our file share a name and a quota. So what we'll do here, we'll call this file share MyShare. Now we can see the little exclamation point here and this is telling me that the file share name can only be lowercase letters, numbers, and hyphens. So we'll go ahead and rename this myshare in lowercase letters.

Now, if I hover over the quota icon here, we can see that we can set a quota essentially up to five terabytes that limits the total size of this file share. We are not going to set a quota here, so we'll go ahead and click create. And now we can see that our share is created and that we have the default quota. Since we didn't specify one, it's just giving us the entire size that's available to us for the share.

If we select the share here, we can click the connect link here and this will give us information on how to connect to this share from Windows, Linux, or MacOS. We can also upload files directly to it, and we can add a directory, so let's call this marketing, and now we have a directory within our myshare file share called marketing. So you can build a hierarchy of your file shares within your Azure portal.

So with that, you know how to create a file share in Microsoft Azure using the Azure portal.

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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.