Create a storage account

An Azure storage account contains all of your Azure Storage data objects: blobs, files, queues, and tables. The storage account provides a unique namespace for your Azure Storage data that is accessible from anywhere in the world over HTTP or HTTPS. For more information about Azure storage accounts, see Storage account overview.

In this how-to article, you learn to create a storage account using the Azure portal, Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI, or an Azure Resource Manager template.

Note

This article uses the Azure Az PowerShell module, which is the recommended PowerShell module for interacting with Azure. To get started with the Az PowerShell module, see Install Azure PowerShell. To learn how to migrate to the Az PowerShell module, see Migrate Azure PowerShell from AzureRM to Az.

Prerequisites

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

None.

Next, sign in to Azure.

Sign in to the Azure portal.

Create a storage account

A storage account is an Azure Resource Manager resource. Resource Manager is the deployment and management service for Azure. For more information, see Azure Resource Manager overview.

Every Resource Manager resource, including an Azure storage account, must belong to an Azure resource group. A resource group is a logical container for grouping your Azure services. When you create a storage account, you have the option to either create a new resource group, or use an existing resource group. This how-to shows how to create a new resource group.

To create an Azure storage account with the Azure portal, follow these steps:

  1. From the left portal menu, select Storage accounts to display a list of your storage accounts.
  2. On the Storage accounts page, select Create.

Options for your new storage account are organized into tabs in the Create a storage account page. The following sections describe each of the tabs and their options.

Basics tab

On the Basics tab, provide the essential information for your storage account. After you complete the Basics tab, you can choose to further customize your new storage account by setting options on the other tabs, or you can select Review + create to accept the default options and proceed to validate and create the account.

The following table describes the fields on the Basics tab.

Section Field Required or optional Description
Project details Subscription Required Select the subscription for the new storage account.
Project details Resource group Required Create a new resource group for this storage account, or select an existing one. For more information, see Resource groups.
Instance details Storage account name Required Choose a unique name for your storage account. Storage account names must be between 3 and 24 characters in length and may contain numbers and lowercase letters only.
Instance details Region Required Select the appropriate region for your storage account. For more information, see Regions and Availability Zones in Azure.

Not all regions are supported for all types of storage accounts or redundancy configurations. For more information, see Azure Storage redundancy.

The choice of region can have a billing impact. For more information, see Storage account billing.
Instance details Performance Required Select Standard performance for general-purpose v2 storage accounts (default). This type of account is recommended by Microsoft for most scenarios. For more information, see Types of storage accounts.

Select Premium for scenarios requiring low latency. After selecting Premium, select the type of premium storage account to create. The following types of premium storage accounts are available:
Instance details Redundancy Required Select your desired redundancy configuration. Not all redundancy options are available for all types of storage accounts in all regions. For more information about redundancy configurations, see Azure Storage redundancy.

If you select a geo-redundant configuration (GRS or GZRS), your data is replicated to a data center in a different region. For read access to data in the secondary region, select Make read access to data available in the event of regional unavailability.

The following image shows a standard configuration for a new storage account.

Screenshot showing a standard configuration for a new storage account - Basics tab

Advanced tab

On the Advanced tab, you can configure additional options and modify default settings for your new storage account. Some of these options can also be configured after the storage account is created, while others must be configured at the time of creation.

The following table describes the fields on the Advanced tab.

Section Field Required or optional Description
Security Enable secure transfer Optional Enable secure transfer to require that incoming requests to this storage account are made only via HTTPS (default). Recommended for optimal security. For more information, see Require secure transfer to ensure secure connections.
Security Enable infrastructure encryption Optional By default, infrastructure encryption is not enabled. Enable infrastructure encryption to encrypt your data at both the service level and the infrastructure level. For more information, see Create a storage account with infrastructure encryption enabled for double encryption of data.
Security Enable blob public access Optional When enabled, this setting allows a user with the appropriate permissions to enable anonymous public access to a container in the storage account (default). Disabling this setting prevents all anonymous public access to the storage account. For more information, see Prevent anonymous public read access to containers and blobs.

Enabling blob public access does not make blob data available for public access unless the user takes the additional step to explicitly configure the container's public access setting.
Security Enable storage account key access (preview) Optional When enabled, this setting allows clients to authorize requests to the storage account using either the account access keys or an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) account (default). Disabling this setting prevents authorization with the account access keys. For more information, see Prevent Shared Key authorization for an Azure Storage account.
Security Minimum TLS version Required Select the minimum version of Transport Layer Security (TLS) for incoming requests to the storage account. The default value is TLS version 1.2. When set to the default value, incoming requests made using TLS 1.0 or TLS 1.1 are rejected. For more information, see Enforce a minimum required version of Transport Layer Security (TLS) for requests to a storage account.
Data Lake Storage Gen2 Enable hierarchical namespace Optional To use this storage account for Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 workloads, configure a hierarchical namespace. For more information, see Introduction to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2.
Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) Enable SFTP Optional Enable the use of Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to securely transfer of data over the internet. For more information, see Secure File Transfer (SFTP) protocol support in Azure Blob Storage.
Blob storage Enable network file share (NFS) v3 Optional NFS v3 provides Linux file system compatibility at object storage scale enables Linux clients to mount a container in Blob storage from an Azure Virtual Machine (VM) or a computer on-premises. For more information, see Network File System (NFS) 3.0 protocol support in Azure Blob storage.
Blob storage Access tier Required Blob access tiers enable you to store blob data in the most cost-effective manner, based on usage. Select the hot tier (default) for frequently accessed data. Select the cool tier for infrequently accessed data. For more information, see Hot, Cool, and Archive access tiers for blob data.
Azure Files Enable large file shares Optional Available only for standard file shares with the LRS or ZRS redundancies.
Tables and queues Enable support for customer-managed keys Optional To enable support for customer-managed keys for tables and queues, you must select this setting at the time that you create the storage account. For more information, see Create an account that supports customer-managed keys for tables and queues.

Networking tab

On the Networking tab, you can configure network connectivity and routing preference settings for your new storage account. These options can also be configured after the storage account is created.

The following table describes the fields on the Networking tab.

Section Field Required or optional Description
Network connectivity Connectivity method Required By default, incoming network traffic is routed to the public endpoint for your storage account. You can specify that traffic must be routed to the public endpoint through an Azure virtual network. You can also configure private endpoints for your storage account. For more information, see Use private endpoints for Azure Storage.
Network routing Routing preference Required The network routing preference specifies how network traffic is routed to the public endpoint of your storage account from clients over the internet. By default, a new storage account uses Microsoft network routing. You can also choose to route network traffic through the POP closest to the storage account, which may lower networking costs. For more information, see Network routing preference for Azure Storage.

Data protection tab

On the Data protection tab, you can configure data protection options for blob data in your new storage account. These options can also be configured after the storage account is created. For an overview of data protection options in Azure Storage, see Data protection overview.

The following table describes the fields on the Data protection tab.

Section Field Required or optional Description
Recovery Enable point-in-time restore for containers Optional Point-in-time restore provides protection against accidental deletion or corruption by enabling you to restore block blob data to an earlier state. For more information, see Point-in-time restore for block blobs.

Enabling point-in-time restore also enables blob versioning, blob soft delete, and blob change feed. These prerequisite features may have a cost impact. For more information, see Pricing and billing for point-in-time restore.
Recovery Enable soft delete for blobs Optional Blob soft delete protects an individual blob, snapshot, or version from accidental deletes or overwrites by maintaining the deleted data in the system for a specified retention period. During the retention period, you can restore a soft-deleted object to its state at the time it was deleted. For more information, see Soft delete for blobs.

Microsoft recommends enabling blob soft delete for your storage accounts and setting a minimum retention period of seven days.
Recovery Enable soft delete for containers (preview) Optional Container soft delete protects a container and its contents from accidental deletes by maintaining the deleted data in the system for a specified retention period. During the retention period, you can restore a soft-deleted container to its state at the time it was deleted. For more information, see Soft delete for containers (preview).

Microsoft recommends enabling container soft delete for your storage accounts and setting a minimum retention period of seven days.
Recovery Enable soft delete for file shares Optional Soft delete for file shares protects a file share and its contents from accidental deletes by maintaining the deleted data in the system for a specified retention period. During the retention period, you can restore a soft-deleted file share to its state at the time it was deleted. For more information, see Prevent accidental deletion of Azure file shares.

Microsoft recommends enabling soft delete for file shares for Azure Files workloads and setting a minimum retention period of seven days.
Tracking Enable versioning for blobs Optional Blob versioning automatically saves the state of a blob in a previous version when the blob is overwritten. For more information, see Blob versioning.

Microsoft recommends enabling blob versioning for optimal data protection for the storage account.
Tracking Enable blob change feed Optional The blob change feed provides transaction logs of all changes to all blobs in your storage account, as well as to their metadata. For more information, see Change feed support in Azure Blob Storage.

Tags tab

On the Tags tab, you can specify Resource Manager tags to help organize your Azure resources. For more information, see Tag resources, resource groups, and subscriptions for logical organization.

Review + create tab

When you navigate to the Review + create tab, Azure runs validation on the storage account settings that you have chosen. If validation passes, you can proceed to create the storage account.

If validation fails, then the portal indicates which settings need to be modified.

Delete a storage account

Deleting a storage account deletes the entire account, including all data in the account. Be sure to back up any data you want to save before you delete the account.

Under certain circumstances, a deleted storage account may be recovered, but recovery is not guaranteed. For more information, see Recover a deleted storage account.

If you try to delete a storage account associated with an Azure virtual machine, you may get an error about the storage account still being in use. For help troubleshooting this error, see Troubleshoot errors when you delete storage accounts.

  1. Navigate to the storage account in the Azure portal.
  2. Click Delete.

Alternately, you can delete the resource group, which deletes the storage account and any other resources in that resource group. For more information about deleting a resource group, see Delete resource group and resources.

Next steps