In order to use the plugin, an Azure Cloud account/subscription is required. If you
need to set up an Azure Cloud account for testing purposes, follow the link
‘Start free’ from Then the
most straightforward way to proceed is to use an existing Microsoft account.

NB – Whilst Azure Cloud accounts have a free tier, this is only for app plans. After
the 30 day free period standard pay as you go costs apply to Storage Accounts (of which
there may be many associated with a single Azure Cloud account). The costs vary
depending on the configuration of each Storage Account, so it is important to ensure
that appropriate settings are configured as suggested below.

NB For development purposes on Windows machines only an Azure Simulator is available:
– download:
– instructions:

Once you are logged into an Azure Cloud account, will
take you to the Azure console.

In order for the plugin to backup to / restore from your Azure account, you will
need to set up a Storage Account with at least one container.

NB – if the customer has an Azure virtual machine, there will already be a storage
account. The storage account name will be based on the virtual machine name. See the
Azure Virtual Machines documentation for more details.

NB – if customers need help setting up a Storage Account for production see:

To set up a Storage Account ** for development or test purposes **:

1. Sign into the Azure Portal:
2. Click ‘Storage Accounts’ on LHS, then click ‘+ Add’
3. Configure optimally for development / test:
– Name = e.g. catdvtest<yourname>
– lowercase alphanumeric, must be globally unique across all Azure Cloud accounts
– Deployment model = Resource Manager
– Mandatory for Blob storage account
– Account kind = Blob storage
– best option for storing media files
– cheaper than standard
– Replication option = LRS
– Access Tier = Hot
– Subscription = free trial (or pay as you go, if your 30 day free trial has expired)
– for pay as you go, you must upgrade to a ‘pay as you go’ subscription via
‘My Account’
– Blob pricing:
– Resource group: create new = e.g. catdvtest<yourname>
– Location = West Europe
– Most comprehensive service availability of european regions
– Tick pin to dashboard
– Click ‘Create’

To get the account (access) keys for a Storage Account:

1. Sign into the Azure Portal:
2. Click ‘Storage Accounts’ on LHS
3. Click ‘Access keys’ under ‘Settings’ in the central menu
4. Click the copy button for the primary or secondary key on the RHS

To create a container in a Storage Account

1. Sign into the Azure Portal:
2. Click ‘Storage Accounts’ on LHS
3. Click on the storage account the container is to be added to
4. Click ‘+ Container’ in toolbar at the top of the RHS overview area
5. Enter a container name. A container name must be a valid DNS name, conforming to the following
naming rules:
– Container names must start with a letter or number, and can contain only letters, numbers,
and the dash (-) character.
– Every dash (-) character must be immediately preceded and followed by a letter or number;
consecutive dashes are not permitted in container names.
– All letters in a container name must be lowercase.
– Container names must be from 3 through 63 characters long.
6. Click ‘Create’

The values required to configure the service in the Azure Cloud plugin are:

account name: Name of a Storage Account which belongs to your Azure Cloud account
account key: Primary or Secondary key of the Storage Account (see above)
default container name – name of an accessible container on the Azure Storage Account
which can be used to verify the connection, used as the default container the first time
a user attempts to copy / move files to Azure Cloud