Microsoft Azure File Server “System error64” or “New-AzureStorageShare Cannot bind parameter Context“ #azure #cloud #MVPBuzz

Microsoft Azure launched a new Option in the Azure Suite a cloud File server. Sounds great how does it work and how to set this up.

First you need to create a new Storage Account

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When this account is created you will see a new option in the Dashboard of this storage Account

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The next steps will be in Powershell, there is no GUI option here Winking smile

Before you can connect to your Azure Files network share, we have to download a special powershell package for working with the Azure Files, the package can be found http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=398183

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After Downloading this file and extracted we can import the PSD1 file.

# import module and create a context for account and key
import-module "C:AzureStorageFileAzureStorageFile.psd1" –Verbose

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Next We will create the new storage contex

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$ctx=New-AzureStorageContext ‘rsmfile01′ ‘q+35EmhlLUikunngOWvZK8ysEqWpOLaobJNbS7bUtjTDZIRUI72siY956xHEVCS8ckFq5Vo188hmFfTY1XdPeQ==’

Use the Name and the Primary key.

Next step is creating a new Share and this can be tricky why ? well you may have the preview as enabled but it can be still not activated. if so you need to make a call to the Support team from Azure.

a simple check will do the trick Can you ping the DNS name ?

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But if the result is this :

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You can’t create a share and will se an error

New-AzureStorageShare : Cannot bind parameter ‘Context’. Cannot convert the "Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.Storage.Model.ResourceModel.AzureStorageContext" value of type
"Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.Storage.Model.ResourceModel.AzureStorageContext" to type "Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.Storage.File.Model.AzureStorageContext".
At line:2 char:48

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But if your account is enabled and activated it will work

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# create a new share
$s = New-AzureStorageShare ‘newshare1′ -Context $ctx
 
# create a directory in the test share just created
New-AzureStorageDirectory -Share $s -Path testdir

 

The next step is mounting the fileshare to a drive letter.

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net use * \rsmfile01.file.core.windows.netnewshare1 /u:rsmfile01 q+35EmhlLUikunngOWvZK8ysEqWpOLaobJNbS7bUtjTDZIRUI72siY956xHEVCS8ckFq5Vo188hmFfTY1XdPeQ==

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But also here this will only work from a Azure VM and not from your home computer.

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Again this is just a preview Just be sure to understand the limitations of Azure Files the most important are:

  • 5TB per share
  • Max file size 1TB
  • Up to 1000 IOPS (of size 8KB) per share
  • Up to 60MB/s per share of data transfer for large IOs
  • SMB 2.1 support only

But for most parts this is fine just another great @azure option !

Posted June 16, 2014 by Robert Smit in Microsoft Azure

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