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Microsoft Azure SFTP

Posted by Dallen Clark on Feb 23, 2023 6:07:00 AM

Recently, Microsoft Azure added a managed SFTP option built on their Blob storage. This is a good option when setting up an account that will stay exclusively in Microsoft Azure when you only need basic SFTP functionality. However, when connecting to other cloud storage, or if you need features like automated file transfers, a solution like Couchdrop may be a better option.


Couchdrop SFTP is easy to set up and integrates with Azure Files and Azure Blob storage along with over 25 other storage options. Within a few minutes, you can connect Azure to other cloud storage or on-prem servers and securely transfer files between systems.

SFTP for Azure Blob

Couchdrop SFTP can connect to Azure blob storage directly in the platform. Start by registering an account for Couchdrop. The information here is also used to set up an SFTP server on Couchdrop.

Once you’re logged into Couchdrop, choose Add Storage Integration and then pick Azure Blob. You’ll then be taken to a screen to configure your Azure Blob connection.

Configuring azureblog connection

You’ll need a few things from your Azure account to make this connection. You can find this in Azure by logging in, selecting Storage Accounts, and choosing the account name you want to connect. From there, under the Security + networking header, choose Access Keys. This will show the storage name and Key that you need to connect to your Azure storage account.

Access keys location in Azure

Copy the Storage account name and one of the keys and enter them into the relevant fields in Couchdrop. You’ll also need the name of the specific storage container you want to connect to.

After you’ve entered all of this information, test the connection. Once successful, you can designate a subfolder as the top-level folder to appear in Couchdrop.

Connection Status / Test Connection

SFTP with Azure Files

Connecting to Azure Blob storage through SFTP is a similar process to connecting to Azure Files. You’ll still need the Azure Account Name and Azure Account Key, found in the same place as above.

You’ll also need the name of the specific File Share you want to connect to.

Configuring Azure Files connection in Couchdrop

Test the connection, and then you can choose a subfolder within your File Share to show as the top-level folder in Couchdrop.

Connecting Azure to other cloud storage

The ability to use multiple cloud storage platforms is one reason that Couchdrop is such a powerful tool. After connecting Microsoft Azure, you can move files between your cloud storage with ease. You can transfer files from Google to Azure Files, S3 to Azure Blob storage, move files from Azure to a remote server, and more. And you can do it all within Couchdrop’s easy-to-use interface.

Along with SFTP for Azure, you can also connect using different transfer protocols like FTP and SCP. To do this, simply connect the “Connect to [subdomain]” at the top of your Couchdrop account to see the credentials to connect through various transfer protocols.

Connect to Azure with FTP, SCP or S3

Azure Files and Azure Blob file transfers can also be automated to other platforms. Using Couchdrop Automations, you can upload a file to Azure and have it automatically move to a specified directory in Dropbox, Egnyte, or even another SFTP server.

When you need advanced functionality or file automations between cloud platforms, try Couchdrop’s SFTP for Microsoft Azure. Connecting to Azure Blob and Azure Files is quick and easy, and you can set up secure file transfers between Azure and other platforms in minutes. Get started today with Couchdrop today with a free 14-day trial.

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