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Friday, February 25, 2011

Leverage Azure Blob Storage for File Sync

Windows Azure Blob Storage is one of the cloud storage service. When you have a Windows Azure Blob Storage account, there are many things you can do. You can map a network drive to it so for direct access from your desktop; you can backup files to it for off site access. Those were already available with Gladinet Cloud Suite 2.0.

Today’s article will discuss another use case – leveraging Azure Blob Storage for file sync across multiple PCs. The idea is very simple, Windows Azure Storage is available anywhere you have an Internet access, you can use it as a facility and conduit to pass files back and forth between PCs. In Gladinet Cloud Desktop 3.0, this idea was put to practice and here are the steps to use it.

First you will need to install Gladinet Cloud Desktop 3.0 and mount your Azure Blob Storage account.


During the mounting process, the wizard will ask if you want to enable Cloud Sync Folder that the software will associate with your Azure Storage account, you can say YES and leave the checkbox checked.


If it is not enabled now, you can always enable it later.

You can also select an existing folder as the basis for the cloud sync folder. If you pick an existing folder, the contents in the existing folder will be picked up by the software and sync over to your other PCs (when they have the same Azure Blob account configured).

You can also enable the Cloud Sync Folder from the Cloud Sync Folder tab from the top of the Management Console.


When you click on the "Add a Cloud Sync Folder” link above, you will see this dialog:


At the end of the setup, you have a local folder that is associated with the Azure Blob Storage account.


You can then repeat the same steps on your other PC.

After that, you can add documents to this folder, edit documents in this folder and the changes will be synchronized to your other PC and vise versa.

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