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AzureMate Desktop System - Explorer Accounts Form Page Explained

Hello and welcome to AzureMate, Windows Azure Cloud Data Storage Explorer System, Accounts Form Page. When you create a storage account, Windows Azure generates two 512-bit storage access keys, which are used for authentication when the storage account is accessed. By providing two storage access keys, Azure enables you to regenerate the keys with no interruption to your storage service or access to that service. AzureMate needs the storage account name and either of its access keys for connecting to the account.
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This form will help you to maintain a List of your Azure Storage Accounts. AzureMate needs at least one account for its operations to start. You can add, edit account keys or delete storage accounts here. Note that when you delete a storage account here, you delete it from the list only, not from the Cloud. Most likely, you will need only one storage account since one account can contain up to 500 TB (Terra Bytes) of blob (file), table, and queue data.

AzureMate must have access to your Azure Data Storage Account(s), contained in your Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Account. You must have created Microsoft Azure Cloud Data Storage Account(s). You can do this on their Azure Website. They give you a month free trial and include few hundred dollars to spend on whatever parts of cloud you wish but the data storage is extremely cheap. When your account is verified, create a Storage Account(s) in your Azure Portal, then List and Maintain them in AzureMate.

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AzureMate can't create your Storage Accounts, they must be created in your Azure Portal, listed in AzureMate and then AzureMate can create your Blob, Table and Queue containers and maintain your data in them using these accounts.

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Add New Storage Account to List

When you look at the top right corner of the page you will see the currently selected storage account's total number of Blob, Table and Queue containers.

Following table contains all the available elements for review.

Element Description
Text box:
Name of the
Storage account

When you have created the account in the Cloud, Type or Paste the new Storage Account Name into this text box for inclusion in the List. This is the name you gave it when creating it in your Microsoft Azure Cloud Account.

Important Note
The storage account names are case sensitive. Make sure you type in the name exactly as you did when creating it.

Text box:
Storage account's
Account Key

Once you have created the account in the Cloud, Type or Paste the new Storage Account's Access Key into this text box for inclusion in the List. This key will grant AzureMate access to the storage account and is a long string of alphanumeric characters made of 512 bits. Your storage account key is similar to the root password for your storage account.

Be sure to protect your key. Avoid distributing it to other users or saving it in a plain-text file that is accessible to others. Regenerate your key using the Management Portal if you believe it may have been compromised.

Important Note
If or when you Regenerate your key and the old key is in the List you must also update the key here, in the List otherwise using the account in AzureMate will fail. Also, make sure you do not accidentally add or delete any characters in the key when typing or pasting it in the box.

Test connection

After you enter a storage account name and its key, left click this button to Test the connection to the new Storage Account. You are informed about the success or failure of the test.

Add Account
To the List

Once you enter a storage account name and its key, successfully tested the connection, left click this button to add the account into the List for AzureMate to use. You are informed about the success or failure of the addition. If successful, the account name is also added to the main form's combo box where it can be selected from for current operations.

Important Note
When you successfully add the account to the List, any open forms are closed if an existing account is used. If this is the first account you've added, the buttons in the main form will be enabled and ready to be used with this account. Otherwise you can select it in the main form's combo box to be used.

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Update Existing Storage Accounts

This is where you test the validity of the AzureMate List of existing storage accounts. You may have regenerated your account key or you may wish to to delete a storage account from the List.

Following table contains all the available elements for review.

Element Description
Combo Box:
Select Account
To Update

This combo box contains all the storage accounts you ever entered into your List. Select the account you want to test, update or delete.

Text Box:
Storage Account
Account Key

When you select a storage account name from the combo box above, the account's current key appears in this text box. If you regenerated the key, type or paste in the new key and test it for connection before you update the account.

Delete Account

If you no longer need or want the selected storage account in the List of accounts, left click this button to delete the account from the list.

Important Note
If you delete the last storage account from the List, all buttons will be disabled (except the Storage Button, this form) and AzureMate will stop all its operations.

Test Account

Left click this button to test the connectivity of the selected storage account. You will be notified with the result of success or failure.

Update Account

After you've tested the account, for whatever reason, for connectivity, left click this button to update the selected storage account in your List. If the account key has not changed and it is a valid key, clicking this button does nothing.

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