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Creating Azure Storage and Transferring Data Using PowerShell

There may be a time where you find yourself wanting to transfer data from your local workstation into an Azure Storage account. In those cases, there is a PowerShell command for that. PowerShell is a powerful tool, which helps you with a lot of administrative tasks — one of those being transferring files. In this hands-on lab, you will be tasked with using PowerShell to create a storage account and storage container, taking files that reside on a Linux VM, and transferring them to an Azure Storage container.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 45m
Clock icon Jan 24, 2020

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Log in to the Linux VM

    1. Open a new terminal.

    2. Copy the public IP address provided with this hands-on lab.

    3. Log in via SSH:

      ssh cloud_user@<PUBLIC_IP_OF_THE_VM>
    4. Once logged in, start the PowerShell prompt:

  2. Challenge

    Install the Az Module and Connect to Azure

    1. Install the module:

      Install-Module -Name Az -AllowClobber -Scope CurrentUser
    2. Enter Y to continue installing from the PowerShell gallery.

    3. From the PowerShell prompt, connect to Azure:

    4. Go to and enter the code provided in the terminal.

    5. Enter the username and password provided with this hands-on lab.

  3. Challenge

    Create the Storage Account and Container

    1. Create the variable $location and set it to westus.

    2. Create the variable $resourceGroup and assign it to the resource group given with the lab ($resourceGroup = "<RESOURCE_GROUP_WITH_THE_LAB>").

    3. Create the storage account, replacing <UNIQUE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_NAME> with a globally unique name:

      $storageAccount = New-AzStorageAccount -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup `
        -SkuName Standard_LRS `
        -Location $location
    4. Set the storage context (a reference to the correct storage account):

      $ctx = $storageAccount.Context
    5. Create the storage container:

      $containerName = "images"
      New-AzStorageContainer -Name $containerName -Context $ctx -Permission blob
  4. Challenge

    Copy the File into the Storage Container

    1. Download the file:

    2. Transfer the file to the newly created storage container:

      Set-AzStorageBlobContent -File "./badge-full.png" `
        -Container $containerName `
        -Blob "badge-full.png" `
        -Context $ctx 

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