Connect Storage Explorer to an Azure Stack Hub subscription or a storage account

In this article, you'll learn how to connect to your Azure Stack Hub subscriptions and storage accounts using Azure Storage Explorer. Storage Explorer is a standalone app that enables you to easily work with Azure Stack Hub storage data on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Note

There are several tools available to move data to and from Azure Stack Hub storage. For more information, see Data transfer tools for Azure Stack Hub storage.

If not yet installed, download Storage Explorer and install it.

After you connect to an Azure Stack Hub subscription or storage account, you can use the Azure Storage Explorer articles to work with your Azure Stack Hub data.

Prepare for connecting to Azure Stack Hub

You need direct access to Azure Stack Hub or a VPN connection for Storage Explorer to access the Azure Stack Hub subscription. To learn how to set up a VPN connection to Azure Stack Hub, see Connect to Azure Stack Hub with VPN.

Note

For the ASDK, if you're connecting to your ASDK via VPN, don't use the root certificate (CA.cer) that was created during the VPN setup process. This is a DER-encoded certificate and it won't allow Storage Explorer to retrieve your Azure Stack Hub subscriptions. Use the following steps to export a Base-64 encoded certificate to use with Storage Explorer.

For integrated systems that are disconnected and for the ASDK, the recommendation is to use an internal enterprise Certificate Authority to export the root certificate in a Base-64 format and then import it into Azure Storage Explorer.

Export and then import the Azure Stack Hub certificate

Export and then import Azure Stack Hub certificate for disconnected integrated systems and for the ASDK. For connected integrated systems, the certificate is publicly signed and this step isn't necessary.

  1. Open mmc.exe on an Azure Stack Hub host machine, or a local machine with a VPN connection to Azure Stack Hub.

  2. In File, select Add/Remove Snap-in. Select Certificates in Available snap-ins.

  3. Select Computer account, and then select Next. Select Local computer, and then select Finish.

  4. Under Console Root\Certificated (Local Computer)\Trusted Root Certification Authorities\Certificates find AzureStackSelfSignedRootCert.

    Load the Azure Stack Hub root certificate through mmc.exe

  5. Right-click the certificate, select All Tasks > Export, and then follow the instructions to export the certificate with Base-64 encoded X.509 (.CER).

    The exported certificate will be used in the next step.

  6. Start Storage Explorer. If you see the Connect to Azure Storage dialog box, cancel it.

  7. On the Edit menu, select SSL Certificates, and then select Import Certificates. Use the file picker dialog box to find and open the certificate that you exported in the previous step.

    After importing the certificate, you're prompted to restart Storage Explorer.

    Import the certificate into Storage Explorer

  8. After Storage Explorer restarts, select the Edit menu, and check to see if Target Azure Stack Hub APIs is selected. If it isn't, select Target Azure Stack Hub, and then restart Storage Explorer for the change to take effect. This configuration is required for compatibility with your Azure Stack Hub environment.

    Ensure Target Azure Stack Hub is selected

Connect to an Azure Stack Hub subscription with Azure AD

Use the following steps to connect Storage Explorer to an Azure Stack Hub subscription, which belongs to an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) account.

  1. In the left pane of Storage Explorer, select Manage Accounts.
    All the Microsoft subscription that you signed in are displayed.

  2. To connect to the Azure Stack Hub subscription, select Add an account.

    Add an Azure Stack Hub account

  3. In the Connect to Azure Storage dialog box, under Azure environment, select Azure, Azure China 21Vianet, Azure Germany, Azure US Government, or Add New Environment. This depends on the Azure Stack Hub account being used. Select Sign in to sign in with the Azure Stack Hub account associated with at least one active Azure Stack Hub subscription.

    Connect to Azure storage

  4. After you successfully sign in with an Azure Stack Hub account, the left pane is populated with the Azure Stack Hub subscriptions associated with that account. Select the Azure Stack Hub subscriptions that you want to work with, and then select Apply. (Selecting or clearing the All subscriptions check box toggles selecting all or none of the listed Azure Stack Hub subscriptions.)

    Select the Azure Stack Hub subscriptions after filling out the Custom Cloud Environment dialog box

    The left pane displays the storage accounts associated with the selected Azure Stack Hub subscriptions.

    List of storage accounts including Azure Stack Hub subscription accounts

Connect to an Azure Stack Hub subscription with AD FS account

Note

The Azure Federated Service (AD FS) sign-in experience supports Storage Explorer 1.2.0 or newer versions with Azure Stack Hub 1804 or newer update.

Use the following steps to connect Storage Explorer to an Azure Stack Hub subscription which belongs to an AD FS account.

  1. Select Manage Accounts. The explorer lists the Microsoft subscriptions that you signed in to.

  2. Select Add an account to connect to the Azure Stack Hub subscription.

    Screenshot that shows how to add an account in Storage Explorer.

  3. Select Next. In the Connect to Azure Storage dialog box, under Azure environment, select Use Custom Environment, then click Next.

    Connect to Azure Storage

  4. Enter the required information of Azure Stack Hub custom environment.

    Field Notes
    Environment name The field can be customized by user.
    Azure Resource Manager endpoint The samples of Azure Resource Manager resource endpoints of Azure Stack Development Kit.
    For operators: https://adminmanagement.local.azurestack.external
    For users: https://management.local.azurestack.external

    If you're working on Azure Stack Hub integrated system and don't know your management endpoint, contact your operator.

    Add an account - Custom Environments

  5. Select Sign in to connect to the Azure Stack Hub account that's associated with at least one active Azure Stack Hub subscription.

  6. Select the Azure Stack Hub subscriptions that you want to work with, then select Apply.

    Account management

    The left pane displays the storage accounts associated with the selected Azure Stack Hub subscriptions.

    List of associated subscriptions

Connect to an Azure Stack Hub storage account

You can also connect to an Azure Stack Hub storage account using storage account name and key pair.

  1. In the left pane of Storage Explorer, select Manage Accounts. All the Microsoft accounts that you signed into are displayed.

    Add an account - Storage Explorer

  2. To connect to the Azure Stack Hub subscription, select Add an account.

    Add an account - Connect to Azure Storage

  3. In the Connect to Azure Storage dialog box, select Use a storage account name and key.

  4. Input your account name in the Account name and paste the account key into the Account key text box. Then, select Other (enter below) in Storage endpoints domain and input the Azure Stack Hub endpoint.

    An Azure Stack Hub endpoint includes two parts: the name of a region and the Azure Stack Hub domain. In the Azure Stack Development Kit, the default endpoint is local.azurestack.external. Contact your cloud admin if you're not sure about your endpoint.

    Attach name and key

  5. Select Connect.

  6. After the storage account is successfully attached, the storage account is displayed with (External, Other) appended to its name.

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Next steps