Azure Storage Explorer

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Secure access to storage accounts

Every request to Azure Storage must be authorized. Azure Storage supports the following authorization methods:

  • Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) integration for blob and queue data. Azure Storage supports authentication and authorization with Azure AD for the Blob and Queue services via Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC). Authorizing requests with Azure AD is recommended for superior security and ease of use. For more information, see Authorize access to Azure blobs and queues using Azure Active Directory.
  • Azure AD authorization over SMB for Azure Files. Azure Files supports identity-based authorization over SMB (Server Message Block) through either Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS) or on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (preview). Your domain-joined Windows VMs can access Azure file shares using Azure AD credentials. For more information, see Overview of Azure Files identity-based authentication support for SMB access and Planning for an Azure Files deployment.
  • Authorization with Shared Key. The Azure Storage Blob, Files, Queue, and Table services support authorization with Shared Key. A client using Shared Key authorization passes a header with every request that is signed using the storage account access key. For more information, see Authorize with Shared Key.
  • Authorization using shared access signatures (SAS). A shared access signature (SAS) is a string containing a security token that can be appended to the URI for a storage resource. The security token encapsulates constraints such as permissions and the interval of access. For more information, see Using Shared Access Signatures (SAS).
  • Anonymous access to containers and blobs. A container and its blobs may be publicly available. When you specify that a container or blob is public, anyone can read it anonymously; no authentication is required. For more information, see Manage anonymous read access to containers and blobs.


Last modified: October 9, 2020



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