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How to Use CloudBerry Backup with Windows Azure

Below is the step-by-step instruction on how to sign up for the Windows Azure services, create storage account and configure CloudBerry Backup to work with Windows Azure.

Sign up for Windows Azure

If you don't have your account for Windows Azure yet, you can get a free 3-month trial at https://www.windowsazure.com/.
To sign in you'll need Microsoft Account. If you don't have one, create it here
Sign in and get through the account verification: enter you mobile phone number and use the verification code that you received in the text message or phone call to verify your account.  

Create storage account

After verifying your Windows Azure account, go to the Windows Azure Preview Management Portal to create a storage account.
Choose "Storage" item in the leftside menu and click "Create a storage account" or click "+NEW" button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
Select "Data Servers" then "Storage" and "Quick Create". Here you can specify the name of your storage in the "URL" field and choose the location of the storage.

It may take some time to enable your storage account. Usually it doesn't take more than 5 minutes. Account is activated as soon as you see the status of your storage changed to "Online".

Access keys

Windows Azure provides storage users with the secret keys to help protect from unauthorized account access. Those keys are: Storage Account Name; Primary Access Key; Secondary Access Key. You can access and manage your keys at the very bottom of the Windows Azure Preview Management Portal by clicking on "Manage Keys" button.
To connect CloudBerry Backup to your Windows Azure storage account you'll need "Account Name" and "Primary Access Key".



Download CloudBerry Backup

Download Desktop edition or Server edition of CloudBerry Backup. Install and launch the program. 

Configure CloudBerry Backup for Windows Azure

Start the Backup Wizard and select <Create a new account> option in the "Azure" drop down menu.

Enter your Windows Azure "Storage Account Name" in the "Account" field and "Primary Access Key" in the "Shared key" field. Display name is not critical, choose any.

If your account name and access key were entered correctly, you will find your storage name in the list of containers. Choose it or create a new one.  Complete the rest of the Backup Wizard steps to customize your backup plan and enjoy CloudBerry Backup with Windows Azure.



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