Azure storage guide

Microsoft Azure is a cloud storage solution that can be used as a backup destination by BackupAssist ER. To use this cloud storage, you need to create an Azure account, then log into the Azure portal to create or open a storage account and get the connection string that BackupAssist ER will use.

Azure account

To create an Azure account, go to https://azure.microsoft.com/. You can select Start for free or review the purchase options. Once you have created your account, you can log into the Azure portal and manage your storage.

Storage accounts and containers

A storage account is like a destination in Azure that BackupAssist ER jobs can use. Within a storage account are containers (called blobs) and each backup job uses its own container. A BackupAssist ER job will create its container using the name you provide in the backup job. A container cannot be used by different jobs, but different jobs can use the same storage account.

Connection strings

Each storage account has a pair of connection strings - codes that are used by applications like BackupAssist ER to locate and access a storage account. Each application will use the same string but two strings are provided so that you can regenerate a new string with invalidating the string currently being used.

Using Azure with BackupAssist ER

This section explains how to create a storage account and how to get a connection string.

To learn more, see the official Microsoft Azure documentation.

How to create a storage account

If you do not have a storage account for your backup job, you will need to create one.

To create a storage account:

  1. Log into your Azure account. and open the portal.
  2. From the portal's Home page, click Storage accounts.
  3. You can select Storage accounts from the Azure services menu or the hamburger menu on the top left.

  4. Click Add + on the Storage accounts page.
  5. Review and update the storage account creation fields.
  6. Use the progress button at the bottom of the screen to review each page. The Basic page contains fields that require input.

    Considerations:

    • For Account kind select BlobStorage.
    • If you do not have a Resource group, use Create new to create one. This resource group can be used for all storage accounts that you create for BackupAssist ER.
    • Some of the selections made can affect the cost of your storage. To learn more, see our Estimating cloud storage guide.
    • Once you have reviewed and updated the required fields, select Create and Azure will create and deploy the storage account.

How to get an Azure connection string

If you already have a storage account, you can use one of its connection strings for your backup job.

To get an Azure connection string:

  1. Log into your Azure account and open the portal.
  2. From the portal's Home page, select Storage accounts.
  3. You can select Storage accounts from the Azure services menu or the hamburger menu on the top right.

  4. Choose the storage account that you want to use.
  5. This will open the storage account and display the menus and options used to manage that account.

  6. Select Access Keys from the Settings menu.
  7. The page will display the keys available. Each key has a key code and a connection string.

    Note: Each BackupAssist ER job will use the same string. Microsoft recommends regularly rotating and regenerating your keys so two strings are provided so that you can regenerate a new string without invalidating the string being used.

  8. Use the copy button to take a copy of the connection string that you will use.

The string can now be entered into the storage location tab when you create a disk to disk to cloud backup job.