Mapping Azure Storage Share as Network Drive on Windows

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Assume you have an Azure Storage account in place where you can create your own cloud spaces like blobs, file shares, etc., here is a way for you to map the file shares in your Azure Storage account as a network drive on Windows.

Note that this is not to map the storage blobs but only File Shares.

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You will also need port 445 open for outbound to allow SMB protocol traffic. You can quickly use the following PowerShell script to do a quick port scan test.

$resourceGroupName = "resourcename"
$storageAccountName = "storageaccount"

Connect-AzAccount
$storageAccount = Get-AzStorageAccount -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -Name $storageAccountName

Test-NetConnection -ComputerName ([System.Uri]::new($storageAccount.Context.FileEndPoint).Host) -Port 445

Now, let’s open File Explorer, go to This PC, click Computer tab and Map network drive.

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Select the drive letter and enter the UNC Path of your Azure Storage File Share, formatted as below:

\\storageaccount.file.core.windows.net\filesharename

Make sure to check the option “Connect using different credentials” and click Finish.

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When prompted for a credential, put in AZURE\storageaccount as the username and your Azure Storage account access key as the password.

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Hit OK, and done.

You can do so via Command Line or even PowerShell but somehow I find this is actually easier.

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