How to use Azure Files from the Azure Portal

The Azure portal provides a user interface for managing Azure Files. You can perform the following actions from your web browser:

  • Create a File Share
  • Upload and download files to and from your file share.
  • Monitor the actual usage of each file share.
  • Adjust the file share size quota.
  • Copy the mount commands to use to mount your file share from a Windows or Linux client.

Create file share

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. On the navigation menu, click Storage accounts or Storage accounts (classic).

    Screenshot that shows how to create file share in the portal

  3. Choose your storage account.

    Screenshot that shows how to create file share in the portal

  4. Choose "Files" service.

    Screenshot that shows how to create file share in the portal

  5. Click "File shares" and follow the link to create your first file share.

    Screenshot that shows how to create file share in the portal

  6. Fill in the file share name and the size of the file share (up to 5120 GB) to create your first file share. Once the file share has been created, you can mount it from any file system that supports SMB 2.1 or SMB 3.0. You could click on Quota on the file share to change the size of the file up to 5120 GB. Please refer to Azure Pricing Calculator to estimate the storage cost of using Azure Files.

    Screenshot that shows how to create file share in the portal

Upload and download files

  1. Choose one file share your have already created.

    Screenshot that shows how to upload and download files from the portal

  2. Click Upload to open the user interface for files uploading.

    Screenshot that shows how to upload files from the portal

Connect to file share

  • Click Connect to get the command line for mounting the file share from Windows and Linux. For Linux users, you can also refer to How to use Azure Files with Linux for more mounting instructions for other Linux distributions.

    Screenshot that shows how to mount the file share

  • You can copy the commands for mounting file share on Windows or Linux and run it from your Azure VM or on-premises machine.

    Screenshot that shows the mount commands for Windows and Linux

Tip:
To find the storage account access key for mounting, click on View access keys for this storage account at the bottom of the connect page.

See also

See these links for more information about Azure Files.