An Introduction to Azure Queues
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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 to Azure queues. In this brief lecture. We are going to take an introductory look at Azure queues and what they are used for. 

The Azure queues storage service is designed to store large numbers of messages. Now these messages aren’t the type that you would normally think of. We’re not talking about emails or anything like that. Instead, these messages are used to facilitate communication between the components of distributed applications. When using Azure queue storage, you can access these messages from anywhere in the world through authenticated calls via HTTP or HTTPS.

The Azure queue service is comprised of several components. These include the URL format, a storage account, a queue, and messages.

To access a queue, you must do so through a specific URL format. The URL for a specific queue will include the storage account name and the queue name. For example, the URL that you see on your screen would be used to access a queue called images to process in a storage account called mystorageaccount.

Speaking of storage accounts, all access to virtually all Azure storage services is provided through a storage account. You can view the storage account as the overarching container that hosts your Azure storage.

The queue itself is actually a set of messages. When you name a queue, you must use all lowercase letters.

And last but not least we have messages. Messages in any format can be up to 64 kB. As I mentioned previously, these messages are used to facilitate communication between the different components of a distributed application.


Join me in the next lesson where I will show you how to create a queue in Microsoft Azure.

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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.