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Practical no.

7:Understanding and Creating Blob storage in Windows Azure
for Cloud services.
 Log into the Azure Management Portal.
 At the bottom of the navigation pane, click NEW.
 Click DAA !E"#$CE!, then !%"A&E, and then click 'U$C( C"EAE.
 In UL, t!pe a "ub domain name to u"e in the UI for the "torage account. #he entr! can
contain from $%&' lo(erca"e letter" and number". #hi" value become" the ho"t name (ithin the
UI that i" u"ed to addre"" )lob, *ueue, or #able re"ource" for the "ub"cription.
 Choo"e a egion+Affinit! ,roup in (hich to locate the "torage. If !ou (ill be u"ing "torage
from !our Azure application, "elect the "ame region (here !ou (ill deplo! !our application.
 -ptionall!, !ou can enable geo%replication.
 Click create storage account.
!etu) A !torage Connection !tring
#he Azure .torage Client Librar! for ./0# "upport" u"ing a "torage connection "tring to
configure endpoint" and credential" for acce""ing "torage "ervice". 1ou can put !our "torage
Configuring *our connection string w+en using Cloud !ervices
connection "tring in a configuration file, rather than hard%coding it in code2
• 3hen u"ing Azure Cloud .ervice", it i" recommended !ou "tore !our connection "tring u"ing
the Azure "ervice configuration "!"tem 4*.csdef and *.cscfg file"5.
• 3hen u"ing Azure 3eb .ite", Azure 6irtual Machine", or building ./0# application" that
are intended to run out"ide of Azure, it i" recommended !ou "tore !our connection "tring
u"ing the ./0# configuration "!"tem 4e.g. web.config or app.config file5.
#he "ervice configuration mechani"m i" uni7ue to Azure Cloud .ervice" pro8ect" and enable"
!ou to d!namicall! change configuration "etting" from the Azure Management Portal (ithout
redeplo!ing !our application.
#o configure !our connection "tring in the Azure "ervice configuration2
9. 3ithin the .olution 0:plorer of 6i"ual .tudio, in the "oles folder of !our Azure
;eplo!ment Pro8ect, right%click !our (eb role or (orker role and click Pro)erties.
&. Click the !ettings tab and pre"" the Add !etting button.
A ne( !etting, entr! (ill then "ho( up in the "etting" grid.
$. In the *)e drop%do(n of the ne( !etting, entr!, choo"e Connection !tring.
'. Click the ... button at the right end of the !etting, entr!. #he !torage Account
Connection !tring dialog (ill open.
<. Choo"e (hether !ou (ant to target the "torage emulator 43indo(" Azure "torage
"imulated on !our local machine5 or a "torage account in the cloud. #he code in thi"
guide (ork" (ith either option. 0nter the Pri-ar* Access (e* value copied from the
earlier "tep in thi" tutorial if !ou (i"h to "tore blob data in the "torage account (e created
earlier on Azure.
=. Change the entr! Na-e from !etting, to a name
Configuring *our connection string using .NE configuration
If !ou are (riting an application that i" not an Azure cloud "ervice, 4"ee previou" "ection5, it i"
recommended !ou u"e the ./0# configuration "!"tem 4e.g. web.config or app.config5. #hi"
include" Azure 3eb .ite" or Azure 6irtual Machine", a" (ell a" application" de"igned to run
out"ide of Azure. 1ou "tore the connection "tring u"ing the <appSettings> element a" follo("2
<add key="StorageConnectionString"
ccount(ey" )>
Na-es)ace declarations
Add the follo(ing name"pace declaration" to the top of an! C> file in (hich !ou (i"h to
programmaticall! acce"" Azure .torage2
using *icrosoft.+indows#,ure.Storage"
using *icrosoft.+indows#,ure.Storage.#ut!"
using *icrosoft.+indows#,ure.Storage.-lob"
Make "ure !ou reference the *icrosoft.+indows#,ure.Storage.dll a""embl!.
"etrieving *our connection string
1ou can u"e the Cloud!torageAccount t!pe to repre"ent !our .torage Account information. If
!ou are u"ing a 3indo(" Azure pro8ect template and+or have a reference to
Micro"oft.3indo("Azure.CloudConfigurationManager, !ou can !ou u"e the
CloudConfiguration.anager t!pe to retrieve !our "torage connection "tring and "torage
account information from the Azure "ervice configuration2
CloudStorage#ccount storage#ccount = CloudStorage#ccount.arse.
If !ou are creating an application (ith no reference to
Micro"oft.3indo("Azure.CloudConfigurationManager, and !our connection "tring i" located in
the web.config or app.config a" "ho( above, then !ou can u"e Configuration.anager to
retrieve the connection "tring. 1ou (ill need to add a reference to .!"tem.Configuration.dll to
!our pro8ect, and add another name"pace declaration for it2
using Syste%.Configuration"
CloudStorage#ccount storage#ccount = CloudStorage#ccount.arse.

A CloudBlobClient t!pe allo(" !ou to retrieve ob8ect" that repre"ent container" and blob"
"tored (ithin the )lob .torage .ervice. #he follo(ing code create" a CloudBlobClient ob8ect
u"ing the "torage account ob8ect (e retrieved above2
Cloud-lobClient blobClient = storage#ccount.CreateCloud-lobClient.0"
%Data/ib de)endencies
-;ataLib dependencie" in the .torage Client Librar! for ./0# are re"olved through the
-;ataLib 4ver"ion <.?.&5 package" available through /u,et and not 3C@ ;ata .ervice". #he
-;ataLib librarie" can be do(nloaded directl! or referenced b! !our code pro8ect through
/u,et. #he "pecific -;ataLib package" are -;ata, 0dm, and .patial.
0ow to: Create a container
All "torage blob" re"ide in a container. 1ou can u"e a CloudBlobClient ob8ect to get a reference
to the container !ou (ant to u"e. 1ou can create the container if it doe"nAt e:i"t2
CloudStorage#ccount storage#ccount = CloudStorage#ccount.arse.
Cloud-lobClient blobClient = storage#ccount.CreateCloud-lobClient.0"
Cloud-lobContainer container =
)! default, the ne( container i" private and !ou mu"t "pecif! !our "torage acce"" ke! to
do(nload blob" from thi" container. If !ou (ant to make the file" (ithin the container available
to ever!one, !ou can "et the container to be public u"ing the follo(ing code2
new -lobContainerer%issions 4 ublic#ccess =
-lobContainerublic#ccess5ype.-lob 60"
An!one on the Internet can "ee blob" in a public container, but !ou can modif! or delete them
onl! if !ou have the appropriate acce"" ke!.
0ow to U)load a blob into a container
Azure )lob .torage "upport" block blob" and page blob". In the ma8orit! of ca"e", block blob i"
the recommended t!pe to u"e.
#o upload a file to a block blob, get a container reference and u"e it to get a block blob reference.
-nce !ou have a blob reference, !ou can upload an! "tream of data to it b! calling the
U)load1ro-!trea- method. #hi" operation (ill create the blob if it didnAt previou"l! e:i"t, or
over(rite it if it doe" e:i"t. #he follo(ing e:ample "ho(" ho( to upload a blob into a container
and a""ume" that the container (a" alread! created.
CloudStorage#ccount storage#ccount = CloudStorage#ccount.arse.
Cloud-lobClient blobClient = storage#ccount.CreateCloud-lobClient.0"
Cloud-lobContainer container =
Cloud-lock-lob block-lob = container./et-lock-lob1eference."%yblob"0"
using .var fileStrea% = Syste%.27.8ile.7pen1ead.9"pat!:%yfile"00
0ow to: /ist t+e blobs in a container
#o li"t the blob" in a container, fir"t get a container reference. 1ou can then u"e the containerA"
/istBlobs method to retrieve the blob" and+or directorie" (ithin it. #o acce"" the rich "et of
propertie" and method" for a returned $/istBlob$te-, !ou mu"t ca"t it to a CloudBloc2Blob,
CloudPageBlob, or CloudBlobDirector* ob8ect. If the t!pe i" unkno(n, !ou can u"e a t!pe
check to determine (hich to ca"t it to. #he follo(ing code demon"trate" ho( to retrieve and
output the UI of each item in the p!otos container2
CloudStorage#ccount storage#ccount = CloudStorage#ccount.arse.
Cloud-lobClient blobClient = storage#ccount.CreateCloud-lobClient.0"
Cloud-lobContainer container = blobClient./etContainer1eference."p!otos"0"
foreac! .2<ist-lob2te% ite% in container.<ist-lobs.null= false00
if .ite%./et5ype.0 == typeof.Cloud-lock-lob00
Cloud-lock-lob blob = .Cloud-lock-lob0ite%"
Console.+rite<ine."-lock blob of lengt! 4>6? 4@6"=
blob.roperties.<engt!= blob.;ri0"
else if .ite%./et5ype.0 == typeof.Cloudage-lob00
Cloudage-lob page-lob = .Cloudage-lob0ite%"
Console.+rite<ine."age blob of lengt! 4>6? 4@6"=
page-lob.roperties.<engt!= page-lob.;ri0"
else if .ite%./et5ype.0 == typeof.Cloud-lobDirectory00
Cloud-lobDirectory directory = .Cloud-lobDirectory0ite%"
Console.+rite<ine."Directory? 4>6"= directory.;ri0"
A" "ho(n above, the blob "ervice ha" the concept of directorie" (ithin container", a" (ell. #hi"
i" "o that !ou can organize !our blob" in a more folder%like "tructure.
3hen !ou call /istBlobs on the Aphoto"A container 4a" in the above "ample5, the collection
returned (ill contain CloudBlobDirector* and CloudBloc2Blob ob8ect" repre"enting the
directorie" and blob" contained at the top level. Bere (ould be the re"ulting output2
Practical:7 Understanding and Creating Blob storage in Windows Azure for
Cloud services
Step 1-
Create a new project.
Step 2-
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<a name="A/!reStorageAcco!nt"

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<a &e6="estcontainer" val!e="emo4lo4s".#
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!sing ;icrosoft.<inowsA/!re.Storage.:lo43
!sing S6stem3
!sing S6stem.Collections.=eneric3
!sing S6stem.Config!ration3
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!sing S6stem.)2reaing.)as&s3
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class 1rogram
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Clo!:lo4Client 4c = sa.CreateClo!:lo4ClientBE3
Console.<rite9ineB"=etting reference to container"E3
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static voi Fploa:lo4BClo!:lo4Container container+ string &e6+ string
file'ame+ 4ool eleteAfterE
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"so!rce file" H file'ameE3
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