There may be times when you have to ship disks of data to and from the Azure data center, to do this you need to leverage the Azure Import/Export service. In this video, discover how this service works and the components that are required.
- [Instructor] To transfer large amounts of data to and from the Azure data centers, you can use the import/export service. There are four key scenarios when you'd want to use this service. The first one being for backups, when you need to do the initial backup. For data recovery, if you need to bring data back from the Azure data center to your physical location. You can also use the service for data migration to Azure or to distribute content to other site, including your customers or branch locations. You can leverage a service when you need to move very large amounts of data to the data center, but you're restricted because maybe your network is too slow. Your network doesn't have the capacity or could be cost prohibitive to upload or download all that data. To transfer that data, you can use your own disk or you can use the Microsoft supplied. Azure data box disk. This physical device has five encrypted, solid state drives and a capacity of 40 terabytes. In order to move data to Azure, you must first prepare those disk and this consists of several steps, including enabling BitLocker on the drives that you're shipping. You'll need to prepare the disk using WAImport.exe. When you run this tool, it will create a journal file that contains the drive serial number, encryption key and storage account information. When you name this journal file, Microsoft recommends using the drive serial number as the journal name. All of this importing hinges on preparing those drives properly, which has done using the WAImport export tool, which I mentioned in step two in the previous slide. There are two versions of this tool. If you're importing data to blobs, then you'll use WAImportExport version one. And if you're importing data to files, you'll use WAImportExport version two. The same general steps are used for both versions, but some of the options and configurations will be slightly different. You can only export from Azure blobs. You can't use the export service for Azure files. The process works basically in reverse from sending disk to Azure. You'll ship empty disk to the data center. You'll then configure the blobs to export and the drives are then shipped back to you. You'll retrieve the BitLocker keys and then transfer that data from the disk to your local systems. This is a very high level overview of the Azure import/export service. The key point to know is that the services used when it's not possible to transfer large amounts of data over the internet and remembered, you cannot export Azure files using the export service.
- Creating and configuring storage accounts
- Managing storage access keys
- Implementing storage authentication and replication
- Using Azure Storage Explorer
- Importing and exporting data
- Configuring file sharing
- Configuring file syncing
- Configuring Blob storage