Enable and create large file shares

When you enable large file shares on your storage account, your file shares can scale up to 100 TiB, while also increasing IOPS and throughput limits for the standard shares. You can also enable this scaling on your existing storage accounts for your existing file shares. See file share and file scale targets for details.

Prerequisites

Restrictions

For now, you can only use locally-redundant storage (LRS) or zone-redundant storage (ZRS) on large file share–enabled accounts. You can't use geo-zone-redundant storage (GZRS), geo-redundant storage (GRS), read-access geo-redundant storage (RA-GRS), or read-access geo-zone-redundant storage (RA-GZRS).

Enabling large file shares on an account is an irreversible process. After you enable it, you won't be able to convert your account to GZRS, GRS, RA-GRS, or RA-GZRS.

Create a new storage account

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. In the Azure portal, select All services.

  3. In the list of resources, enter Storage Accounts. As you type, the list filters based on your input. Select Storage Accounts.

  4. On the Storage Accounts window that appears, select Add.

  5. Select the subscription that you'll use to create the storage account.

  6. Under the Resource group field, select Create new. Enter a name for your new resource group.

    Screenshot showing how to create a resource group in the portal

  7. Next, enter a name for your storage account. The name must be unique across Azure. The name also must be 3 to 24 characters in length, and it can only have numbers and lowercase letters.

  8. Select a location for your storage account.

  9. Set the replication to either Locally redundant storage or Zone-redundant storage.

  10. Leave these fields at their default values:

    Field Value
    Deployment model Resource Manager
    Performance Standard
    Account kind StorageV2 (general-purpose v2)
    Access tier Hot
  11. Select Advanced, and then select the Enabled option button to the right of Large file shares.

  12. Select Review + Create to review your storage account settings and create the account.

    Screenshot with the "enabled" option button on a new storage account in the Azure portal

  13. Select Create.

Enable large files shares on an existing account

You can also enable large file shares on your existing accounts. If you enable large file shares, you won't be able to convert to GZRS, GRS, RA-GRS, or RA-GZRS. Enabling large file shares is irreversible on this storage account.

  1. Open the Azure portal, and go to the storage account where you want to enable large file shares.
  2. Open the storage account and select Configuration.
  3. Select Enabled on Large file shares, and then select Save.
  4. Select Overview and select Refresh.

Selecting the Enabled option button on an existing storage account in the Azure portal

You've now enabled large file shares on your storage account. Next, you must update existing share's quota to take advantage of increased capacity and scale.

Create a large file share

After you've enabled large file shares on your storage account, you can create file shares in that account with higher quotas.

Creating a large file share is almost identical to creating a standard file share. The main difference is that you can set a quota up to 100 TiB.

  1. From your storage account, select File shares.
  2. Select + File share.
  3. Enter a name for your file share. You can also set the quota size you'd like, up to 100 TiB. Then select Create.

The Azure portal UI showing the Name and Quota boxes

Expand existing file shares

After you've enabled large file shares on your storage account, you can also expand existing file shares in that account to the higher quota.

  1. From your storage account, select File shares.
  2. Right-click your file share, and then select Quota.
  3. Enter the new size that you want, and then select OK.

The Azure portal UI with Quota of existing file shares

Next steps