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Configuring Azure Blob Target Service


Aparavi allows business users to automate data actions by linking sources and targets, no code or command line necessary.

Creating targets allows the system to direct data into pre-configured data services. This enables businesses to build custom workflows for data hygiene, compliance, and retention use cases.

Once the target service has been set up, copy actions can also be configured to run in the background and copy the files from the source to the target service.

Please Note: FAT32 file systems, removable and mounted drives cannot be configured as a target service at this time.

Configuring an Azure Blob Target Service

The platform allows for all nodes to inherit identical settings for the Targets subtab. If the various nodes should have their own set of specifications instead, disabling this feature is also available.

1. Click on the Policies tab, located in the top navigation menu.

Policies Tab

2. Click on the Targets subtab.

Targets Subtab

3. Click on the Add Target button, located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Once this button is clicked, the Add Target pop-up box will appear.

Add Target Button

4. Inside the Add Target pop-up box, click the Target Type field and select the Azure Blob option.

Add Target Pop-up Box
Azure Blob Option in Drop-down Menu

Target Service Options for use with Azure Blob

This section describes all required fields to complete to implement the Target Service for the Azure Blob.

1. Select Target Type “Azure Blob”

Add Target – Azure Blob Pop-up Box Expanded

Please Note: You will find the information for the “Account Name”, “Account Key” and the “Container” in your Azure Management Console.

  • Login into your Azure Subscription and go to “Azure Market Place”. Chose “Storage Account”.
Azure Market Place Form
  • Create “Storage Account”
Azure Storage Account Form
  • Define a Storage Account Name. In this example, we named the Storage Account “mystorage00141”.
Azure Create Storage Account Form
  • Create a new “Container”. In this example, we named the container “my container”.
Azure Container Form
  • Got to “Access Keys” and make the keys visible (Show Keys) and copy either “key1” or “key2” into clipboard. You will need it later in the Aparavi Presentation Layer dialog box (Account Key).
Azure Access Keys Form
  • Fill all required fields with the appropriate data. “Account Name” is the name of your Azure Storage Account. “Account Key” is Azure Storage Access Key. “Container” is the name of the container which has been created few steps ago.
Add Target – Azure Blob Pop-up Box With Settings

2. Click the “Validate” Button located at the bottom of the “Add Target” pop-up box.

3. Once the system has completed validation with the Azure Blob target service, the Ok button will highlight in orange to indicate that the button is now active. Click on the “OK” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the Add Target pop-up box.

Ok Button to Save Changes

Please Note: If the “OK” button is inactive, and unable to be clicked on, this is due to failure of the credentials and should be checked for errors and attempted again using the same steps.

4. Click on the “Save All Changes” button that appeared.

Save All Changes Button

5. Once clicked, the Save Changes pop-up box will appear. Click the “OK” button located in the bottom right-hand side of the pop-up box.

Ok Button Inside Save Changes Pop-up Box

Once all changes have been successfully saved, the Azure Blob target service will appear as an entry under the Targets sub-tab. Also, an alert message will display in the bottom left-hand corner to indicate that the target service has been successfully configured.

Now that the target service has been configured, click on the Actions subtab and create a copy action. Once completed the system will transmit all [.dat] files matching the copy action query to the Azure Blob target service.

Target Service Links

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