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Managing Azure Storage Accounts

Up to 1h
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Storage accounts in Azure have a wide range of uses and can store many different types of data. In other labs, you'll learn how to store data in storage accounts, as well as what kinds of data you can store and how to interact with that data once it's in a storage account. However, one of the primary reasons companies use Azure storage accounts for their storage solutions is for the large number of ways they can configure more than just the data inside the storage account.

Things like who can access the data, when they can access it, and from where can be configured. Additionally, things like the encryption of the data at rest and in transit, how to securely authenticate access to the account, what data specifically can be accessed and how (can users just see it, or also add, manage, or delete data as well?) and much more can be configured, ensuring that any company can achieve an exact storage solution for their business needs.

In this lab, you'll dive deep into the creation and configuration of storage accounts by creating one yourself and managing many of the settings it offers.

Lab Objectives

Upon completion of this lab you will be able to:

  • Create storage accounts in Azure
  • Manage authentication to your storage accounts with access keys
  • Achieve granular levels of access management to your storage accounts with shared access signatures (SAS)
  • Protect your storage accounts with networking and firewall rules

Intended Audience

This lab is intended for:

  • Azure administrators
  • Cloud engineers
  • Storage and data engineers
  • Anyone with a need to securely store data in the cloud


You should be familiar with:

  • Basic familiarity with the Azure Portal is helpful, but not required


October 11th, 2023 - Updated the instructions and screenshots to reflect the latest UI

July 22nd, 2022 - Updated the instructions and screenshots to reflect the latest UI

May 16, 2022 - Updated the instructions and screenshots to reflect the latest UI

September 22nd, 2021 - Updated screenshots and instructions to reflect the latest UI experience


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About the author

Matt Martinez, opens in a new tab
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Learning paths

Matt has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies as a DevOps Engineer and Solutions Architect. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, and an AWS Certified Solution Architect - Associate. He enjoys reading and learning new technologies.

Covered topics

Lab steps

Logging in to the Microsoft Azure Portal
Creating an Azure Storage Account in Depth
Managing Access Keys for Azure Storage Accounts
Generating a Shared Access Signature for Azure Storage Accounts
Managing Network Access to Azure Storage Accounts