Azure Files supports the Server Message Block protocol standard (SMB) and gives the capability to create a file share to an on-premises server as a mapped network drive.

Create Storage Account

Enter all the necessary fields and click Create.

Setting Value
Name Type the storage account name, must be unique
Deployment model For new deployments, select Resource manager, for existing deployments, select Classic 
Account Kind  For more details, visit the following link
 Location Select the storage account location 
Replication  For more details, visit the following link
Performance HDD drives are for Standard Performance and SSD drives are for Premium Performance 
Secure Transfer required For more details, visit the following link 
 Subscription Select Azure Subscription 
 Resource group Select the Resource Group for the storage account deployment
Virtual networks  If enabled then Vnet(existing or a new one) can access this storage account

Open storage account blade and click Files.

Create New File Share

After Files blade opens, click the File Share button on the menu.

Specify Name and Quota fields

To map to a network drive, right click on new File share and select Connect.

Now, the Azure File Share is mounted on the local machine


In this post, we learned how to deploy an Azure file share and mount it on a local computer. Anyone can have immediately one brand new and secure new network drive.

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