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About Azure Block Storage

Block Storage provides fixed size raw storage capacity where each storage volume can be treated as an independent disk. Block Storage is only accessible from an OS, such as SoftNAS' Linux -based application. It is typically formatted with FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, and EXT4. It is the most common storage type used with databases that require high performance and low-latency, and for mission-critical applications.

Azure managed disks are block-level storage volumes that are managed by Azure and used with Azure Virtual Machines. Managed disks are like a physical disk in an on-premises server but virtualized. With managed disks, all you have to do is specify the disk size, the disk type, and provision the disk. Once you provision the disk, Azure handles the rest.

Azure offers various VM sizes, with pricing based on the amount of block storage disks it makes available. When adding block storage through the SoftNAS UI, your instance will be subject to the limits of your selected instance Size.

  1. If using a virtual machine that was created on the Azure Government Cloud Portal, check the Azure Government Cloud check box.

  2. In the Username/Service principal text box, provide the Username or Service principal that was used to create your instance.

  3. Enter and verify your password into the appropriate text boxes.

  4. If using an Azure Service principal, enter the Tenant ID into the Tenant text box.


    If not using a Service Principal, this text box will be grayed out.

  5. Using the Disk Type drop-down menu, select the type of disk(s) you would like to create.

  6. Using the Maximum Size drop-down menu, select the size you wish you disk(s) to be.

  7. In the Number of disks text box, enter the number of disks you wish to create using that configuration.