# Tuesday, 13 October 2015

In order to use Azure tables, blobs, and queues, you must first create an Azure storage account. In this article, I will walk you through the steps to create a new Azure Storage Account.

Log into your Azure account and launch the portal (https://manage.windowsazure.com/).

In the left menu, click the "STORAGE" icon (Fig 1). This will list any storage accounts you currently have for this subscription.

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Fig 1

To create a new Storage Account, click the [NEW] button (Fig 2) at the bottom  left of the portal and select DATA SERVICES | STORAGE | QUICK CREATE from the popup menu (Fig 3).

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Fig 2

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Fig 3

The QUICK CREATE dialog displays, as shown in Fig 4.

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Fig 4

At the URL field, enter a name for your storage account. This name must be a combination of only numbers and lowercase letters and it must be unique among storage accounts because it will be accessible publicly with a name like https://accountname.core.windows.net

where accounttname is the name you assign to the storage account. The portal will let you know if you enter a name this is not allowed or that is already taken.

At the LOCATION/AFFINITY GROUP field, select a region in which to create your storage account. (Affinity groups are no longer necessary and have been deprecated.)

At the REPLICATION field, select the type of replication you would like for your storage account.
Azure always makes extra copies of your storage accounts, but you control how much redundancy and where that redundancy is stored. Options are:

  • Locally Redundant
  • Geo-Redundant
  • Read-Access Geo-Redundant
  • Zone Redundant

For an explanation of each type of replication, see my article: Azure Storage Replication Options Explained

Click the [CREATE STORAGE ACCOUNT] button to create the new storage account with the settings you have entered.

When finished, a confirmation message displays (Fig 5) and your storage account should be listed in the portal.

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Fig 5

You are now ready to use your storage account.