Course Introduction

Course Introduction

Microsoft Azure Storage Accounts are cloud-based data storage repositories for a variety of data types, including blobs, queues, tables, and files. Managing the data in these accounts is often the responsibility of the application developer who uses this data. This course focuses on blob storage and the tools and methods developers can use to manage blobs in Azure Storage Accounts.

The course begins with a brief review of Azure Storage Accounts and then drills down into the details of blobs storage services, highlighting the different kinds of blobs.

The course then focuses on moving blobs between storage containers within a storage account and moving blobs between different storage accounts, using the AZCopy tool, using PowerShell, and programmatically using C#.NET. Next, the course dives into blob properties and metadata and how to set and retrieve this information using the Azure Portal, PowerShell, and programmatically in C#.NET. The course then moves into blob leasing, what it is used for, and how to obtain and manage blob leases using the Azure CLI, the REST API, and C#.NET. The last topic in this course covers data archiving and retention by levering Storage Tiers, the new Lifecycle Management feature in the Azure Portal, and using the immutable storage policies feature.

Learning Objectives

  • Moving items in blob storage between storage containers 
  • Moving items in blob storage between storage accounts
  • Setting and retrieving blob properties and metadata
  • Implementing blob leasing
  • Implementing data archiving and retention

Intended Audience

  • Azure developers who design and build cloud-based applications and services
  • People preparing for Microsoft’s Azure AZ-203 exam


You’ll need to have a basic understanding of Azure, have some experience developing scalable solutions, and be skilled in at least one cloud-supported programming language.


Azure storage accounts are a cloud-based storage solution designed to meet all of an organizations storage needs. Ranging from storing unmanaged virtual hard disks or as your virtual machines to queues for asynchronous messaging between applications, storage accounts are divided into four types. Blobs, queues, tables and files. Containers can be created with each type of storage as needed to further organize storage data. In this course, we'll be focusing on Blob storage. 

Blob storage provides for the storage of 3 types of Blobs. Page, Block, and Append. Page blobs are a collection of 512-byte pages that are optimized for read and write operations. A common use for page blobs is for virtual hard disks used by Azure virtual machines. Block Blobs are for the efficient storage of large Blobs up to 4.57 terabytes. The blocks within a Blob can be updated or deleted as needed. Append Blobs are a form of blob storage that is optimized for appending operations. Modified append Blobs write data blocks only to the end of the blob. Existing blocks cannot be deleted or updated.




About the Author

Jeff is a technical trainer and developer residing in Arizona, USA. He has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer for the past 18 years, providing in-house development and training on Microsoft server operating systems, PowerShell, SQL Server and Azure.  When he’s not developing and delivering courses on Azure, he’s photographing galaxies, nebulae and star formations from his computer-automated observatory in Chino Valley, Arizona using a 14” Schmidt Cassegrain telescope.