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How to enable Azure Blob storage versioning

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Hi everyone, in this post, I will show you how to enable blob versioning on your Azure storage account using PowerShell and Azure CLI. When blob versioning is enabled, you can restore a previous version of a blob to recover data if modified or deleted by mistake. **What Microsoft Says About Blob Versioning: As part of your comprehensive data protection strategy, Microsoft recommends enabling all of the following blob data protection features:_

Important: Disabling blob versioning does not delete existing blob versions. When you turn off blob versioning, any existing versions remain accessible, but no new versions are subsequently created.

Prerequisites

  • You can use an existing Storage Account, or you can create a new one. If you want to know how to create a Storage Account using PowerShell, check out this¬† link.
  • The Az.Storage module version 2.3.0 or later must be installed.
Azure PowerShell Workaround>

Azure PowerShell Workaround #

If you want to know how to install the PowerShell Azure module on your machine, check out this link. The simplest way to get started is to sign in interactively at the command line.

Connect-AzAccount

This cmdlet will bring up a dialog box prompting you for your email address and password associated with your Azure account. If you have more than one subscription associated with your mail account, you can choose the default subscription. To perform this task, we will use the following commands:

Get-AzSubscription
Select-AzSubscription -Subscription "My Subscription"

Once you set your default subscription, you’re ready to start.

Set the variables>

Set the variables #

Here, we define the characteristics of our environment and the resource’s properties.

$resourceGroupName = "RG-DEMO-WE"
$stoAccountName = "storageaccountdemowe"
Enable blob versioning>

Enable blob versioning #

To enable blob versioning, you should use the Update-AzStorageBlobServiceProperty cmdlet with the following syntax.

Update-AzStorageBlobServiceProperty `
    -StorageAccountName $stoAccountName `
    -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName `
    -IsVersioningEnabled $true

Update-AzStorageBlobServiceProperty

Verify the changes made>

Verify the changes made #

You can verify that versioning is enabled by using the Get-AzStorageBlobServiceProperty cmdlet with the following syntax.

Get-AzStorageBlobServiceProperty `
    -StorageAccountName $stoAccountName `
    -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName

Then, you can check that the versions are created on the write operation using the following commands. In the following example, I have a container, “folder01,” containing a blob “Text_Document.txt.”

$stoaccount = Get-AzStorageAccount `
    -Name $stoAccountName `
    -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName

Get-AzStorageContainer `
    -Name folder01 `
    -Context $stoaccount.Context `
    | Get-AzStorageBlob  -IncludeVersion

As you can see, using the following command, you can list all the blob versions.

Get-AzStorageContainer `
    -Name folder01 `
    -Context $stoaccount.Context `
    | Get-AzStorageBlob  -IncludeVersion `
    | Select-Object Name, VersionId, LastModified, IsLatestVersion

Get-AzStorageContainer

Disable blob versioning>

Disable blob versioning #

To disable blob versioning, you should use the Update-AzStorageBlobServiceProperty cmdlet with the following syntax.

Update-AzStorageBlobServiceProperty `
    -StorageAccountName $stoAccountName `
    -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName `
    -IsVersioningEnabled $false
Azure CLI Workaround>

Azure CLI Workaround #

In this case, we will use Azure Cloud Shell, a browser-based shell built into Azure Portal. This allows us to use the Azure command-line tools (Azure CLI and Azure PowerShell) directly from a browser. If you want to know more about Azure Cloud Shell, check out this link. First, we define the characteristics of our environment and store the values in variables.

resourceGroupName="RG-DEMO-WE"
stoAccountName="storageaccountdemowe"
Enable blob versioning>

Enable blob versioning #

To enable blob versioning in your storage account, you should use the following command.

az storage account blob-service-properties update \
--account-name $stoAccountName \
--resource-group $resourceGroupName \
--enable-versioning true

Blob storage versioning

Verify the changes made>

Verify the changes made #

You can verify that blob versioning has been enabled by using the following command.

az storage account blob-service-properties show \
--account-name $stoAccountName \
--resource-group $resourceGroupName

Then, you can check that the versions are created on the write operation using the following commands. In the next example, I have a container, “folder01,” containing a blob “Text_Document.txt.”

az storage blob list \
--account-name $stoAccountName \
--container-name "folder01" \
--include v \
--output table

As you can see, using the following command, you can list all the blob versions.

az storage blob list \
--account-name $stoAccountName \
--container-name "folder01" \
--include v \
--query '[].{Container:container, Name:name, VersionID:versionId, IsCurrentVersion:isCurrentVersion}' \
--output table

Azure Blob storage versioning

Disable blob versioning>

Disable blob versioning #

To disable blob versioning, you should use the following command.

az storage account blob-service-properties update \
--account-name $stoAccountName \
--resource-group $resourceGroupName \
--enable-versioning false

Thanks for reading my post. I hope you find it helpful. If you want to know more about Azure blob versioning, check out this link.