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Copy Files to an Azure Windows VM

I am having some issues with scp to copy files from Linux to an Azure Windows 10 VM. Here is a procedure to create a shared folder between Azure Storage and a Windows VM.

Create a File Share in Azure Storage

  1. Go to Azure Portal
  2. Storage account
  3. Left menu Data Storage, File Shares
  4. Create a File Share
  5. Enter a name for it, and select Tier Transaction optimized
  6. Click Create

For reference. There is a note that says To use the SMB protocol with this share, check if you can communicate over port 445

Get a PowerShell Script to Check Port 445

Another note:

This script will check to see if this storage account is accessible via TCP port 445, which is the port SMB uses. If port 445 is available, your Azure file share will be persistently mounted.

  1. Open the file share
  2. Upload a file
  3. Go to Browse to see the uploaded file
  4. Top menu click Connect
  5. Windows tab
  6. Drive letter leave default Z
  7. Authentication method Storage account key
  8. Click Show script
  9. Copy the script

Warning note:

Connecting to a share using the storage account key is only appropriate for admin access. Mounting the Azure file share with the Active Directory identity of the user is preferred.

Run the script in the Azure VM

  1. In Azure portal, go to the VM, under Operations
  2. Click Run Command, then RunPowerShellScript.
  3. Paste script in this console and Run

Top message says Script execution in progress..., wait a few minutes, then it should say Script execution complete.

The output says CMDKEY: Credential added successfully

Mount the File Share in the Windows VM

  1. Login RDP to the Windows VM
  2. Open File Explorer, then This PC, top menu Computer then Map network drive, select Map network drive
  3. Enter a Drive letter
  4. Enter folder using this format example \\\filesharename
  5. Select both Reconnect at sign-in and Connect using different credentials
  6. For email address enter the storage account name
  7. For password enter a storage account key (from Azure Portal, Storage account)
  8. The file you uploaded through Azure portal in File Share should appear there.

Connect the File Share in the Windows VM After Restart

When you start the VM again, the network drive will appear as disconnected.

  1. Double click on it
  2. Enter the same password above (Azure Storage Account key)


If you have the Windows VM running, while you do the procedure, the Network Drive Z will show up with an X (disconnected). When you mount the File Share, you will have to use a different letter and continue the steps above.

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