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Microsoft Azure File Storage connection

Microsoft Azure File Storage connection

To access your data in Microsoft Azure File Storage, create a connection asset for it.

Azure Files are Microsoft's cloud file system. They are managed file shares that are accessible via the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol or the Network File System (NFS) protocol.

Create a connection to Microsoft Azure File Storage

To create the connection asset, you need these connection details:

Connection string: Authentication is managed by the Azure portal access keys.

Choose the method for creating a connection based on where you are in the platform

In a project
Click Assets > New asset > Connect to a data source. See Adding a connection to a project.
In a catalog
Click Add to catalog > Connection. See Adding a connection asset to a catalog.
In a deployment space
Click Import assets > Data access > Connection. See Adding data assets to a deployment space.
In the Platform assets catalog
Click New connection. See Adding platform connections.

Next step: Add data assets from the connection

Where you can use this connection

You can use Microsoft Azure File Storage connections in the following workspaces and tools:



  • Platform assets catalog

  • Other catalogs (IBM Knowledge Catalog)


    Preview, profile, and masking are not certified for this connection in IBM Knowledge Catalog.

Azure File Storage setup

Set up storage and access keys on the Microsoft Azure portal. For instructions see Manage storage account access keys.
Example connection string, which you can find in the ApiKeys section of the container:


Choose the method to create and manage your Azure Files:


Microsoft Azure's maximum file size is 1 TB.

Supported file types

The Azure File Storage connection supports these file types:  Avro, CSV, Delimited text, Excel, JSON, ORC, Parquet, SAS, SAV, SHP, and XML.

Known issue

During the upload, the data is appended in portions to a temporary blob and then converted into the file. Depending on the size of the streamed content, there might be a delay in creating the file. Wait until all the data is uploaded.

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Azure Files

Parent topic: Supported connections

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