One of my good colleagues – SQL Server MVP from Poland:  Damian Widera {TWITTER|LINKEDIN} asked me for sending few files, not very big, just about 20 GB. His request enforced me tow start writing a new series on my blog – series about Tools for Windows Azure Platform. I have a plan for writing about many different tools: for usung storage, database, programming, management, backup and other targets. I will try focusing on free tools, but if some tool will be not very expensive, I’ll write about it too. In this post I want to introduce You for Azure Storage Explorer.

First  phase –  download this app from CodePlex site {LINK}.

Second phase – install application:

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Pict.1.1 | Welcome Setup Wizard.

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Pict.1.2 | Choose installation folder.

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Pict.1.3 | Confirm installation.

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Pict.1.4 | Wait, sometimes pleeeease wait.

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Pict.1.5 | Installation is complete.

Third phase – run application and play:

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Pict.1.01 | Welcome screen

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Pict.1.02 | Adding new starage account: we need name (from Azure Management Portal) and key (form Manage Access Key feature)

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Pict.1.03 | Important information – be patient for first connection

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Pict.1.04 | First fiew for my Blob Storage 

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Pict.1.05 | First view for Container Folder

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Pict.1.06 | We can download object from container

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Pict.1.07 | We can get information: the format provided the path is not supported. And I don’t want downloading bacpac file via ASE now.

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Pict.1.08 | We can look for details about this blob file

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Pict.1.09 |And of course for metadata (with information about eg. database)

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Pict.1.10 | Of course we can use ASE for managing vhd files – my plan is to delete old file.

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Pict.1.11 | I’m asking my portal to delete this file…

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Pict.1.12 | ..and I got an error with deleting process. In fact this file “is not free” so I moving for a moment to Windows Azure management Portal.

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Pict.1.12.1 | As we see this machine (which is tored on blob which we want delete) is stopped. That means: she’s still alive a little.

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Pict.1.12.2 | Execution ordered: Shut Down this machine

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Pict.1.12.3 | Execution in progress

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Pict.1.12.4 |Finally machine is stopped, but…

With this case it is not finish. Because one of vhd disks is still attached to this machine, we cannod delete it via ASE. Workarround for this problem is here: Error deleting VHD: There is currently a lease on the blob and no lease ID was specified in the request

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Pict.1.13 | In the meantime we can delete something else – like bacpac file.

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Pict.1.14 | next we can back for our blob, and delete file from menu: Blob/Delete

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Pict.1.15 | Last step is deleting whole container

 

THANK YOU DAMIAN!