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Private Data / Public Data Backup - Azure Files and Azure Blobs

Create a storage account and configure high availability.

Create a storage account for the internal private company documents.

In the portal, search for and select Storage accounts.
Select + Create.

Select the Resource group created in the previous lab.
Set the Storage account name to private. Add an identifier to the name to ensure the name is unique.


Select Review, and then Create the storage account.

Review and Create

Wait for the storage account to deploy, and then select Go to resource.


This storage requires high availability if there’s a regional outage. Read access in the secondary region is not required. Configure the appropriate level of redundancy.

In the storage account, in the Data management section, select the Redundancy blade.
Ensure Geo-redundant storage (GRS) is selected.
Refresh the page.
Review the primary and secondary location information.
Save your changes.

Geo-redundant storage

Create a storage container, upload a file, and restrict access to the file.

Create a private storage container for the corporate data.

private storage container

In the storage account, in the Data storage section, select the Containers blade.
Select + Container.
Ensure the Name of the container is private.
private storage container
Ensure the Public access level is Private (no anonymous access).
As you have time, review the Advanced settings, but take the defaults.
Select Create.
For testing, upload a file to the private container. The type of file doesn’t matter. A small image or text file is a good choice. Test to ensure the file isn’t publically accessible.

Select the container.
Select Upload.
Browse to files and select a file.
Upload the file.

Select the uploaded file.
On the Overview tab, copy the URL.
Private Image

Paste the URL into a new browser tab.
Verify the file doesn’t display and you receive an error.
Verification Image

An external partner requires read and write access to the file for at least the next 24 hours. Configure and test a shared access signature (SAS).

Select your uploaded blob file and move to the Generate SAS tab.
Genetate SAS
In the Permissions drop-down, ensure the partner has only Read permissions.
Verify the Start and expiry date/time is for the next 24 hours.
Select Generate SAS token and URL.
Copy the Blob SAS URL to a new browser tab.
Blob SAS
Verify you can access the file. If you have uploaded an image file it will display in the browser. Other file types will be downloaded.
file downloaded

Configure storage access tiers and content replication.

To save on costs, after 30 days, move blobs from the hot tier to the cool tier.

Return to the storage account.
In the Overview section, notice the Default access tier is set to Hot.


In the Data management section, select the Lifecycle management blade.

Data Management

Select Add rule.
Set the Rule name to movetocool.
Set the Rule scope to Apply rule to all blobs in the storage account.
Select Next.
Rule name

Ensure Last modified is selected.
Set More than (days ago) to 30.
In the Then drop-down select Move to cool storage.

As you have time, review other lifecycle options in the drop-down.
Add the rule.

Add rule

The public website files need to be backed up to another storage account.

In your storage account, create a new container called backup. Use the default values.


Navigate to your publicwebsite storage account. This storage account was created in the previous exercise.

In the Data management section, select the Object replication blade.
Select Create replication rules.

Create replication rules

Set the Destination storage account to the private storage account.
Set the Source container to public and the Destination container to backup.
Create the replication rule.

replication rule

replication created

Optionally, as you have time, upload a file to the public container.

public upload

public uploaded

Return to the private storage account and refresh the backup container. Within a few minutes your public website file will appear in the backup folder.

back up

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