Getting Started with Storage in Azure Government

Azure Government uses the same underlying technologies as commercial Azure, enabling you to use the development tools you’re already familiar with. However, Azure Government provides a physical and network-isolated instance of Azure which results in a higher level of compliance and security. As a result of this, we use different physical endpoints for our services…


Generally available, securing your data with Storage Service Encryption

We are happy to announce the general availability of Storage Service Encryption (SSE) for data at rest in Azure Government storage accounts. SSE enables customers to meet a comprehensive set of security and compliance requirements meeting government organizational needs.  With this feature, Azure Storage automatically encrypts your data prior to it persisting to storage using…


New service-level disaster recovery guidance

We are happy to announce the availability of the Microsoft Azure service resiliency guidance page. We created this page because our customers have asked us for clear guidance on what to do when they experienced a service disruption. Since a service disruption can be localized (perhaps an issue on a specific host or even code…

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How To: Backup to SQL Server directly Azure Government Storage Account

You might run into some problems importing your Azure Government publish settings file into SQL Server. However you can still backup to Azure Government Storage Accounts using the Storage Account keys. Step 1: Create a credential USE master CREATE CREDENTIAL <name of cred> WITH IDENTITY='<the storage account name>’, SECRET='<one of the storage account keys>’ To…

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Have AzCopy, Will Travel

[Update: Azure uses sparse storage, so only the bits that represent user data are transferred. When transferring disk VHDs that are less than full, this will make the throughput look seemingly much better.] As some of the Azure Government blog posts have eluded to, AzCopy is the preferred way to move files around. Many of…

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