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Friday, 18 May 2012

How to get Azure storage Account Key from a CloudStorageAccount object

I have a CloudStorageAccount object and I want to get the AccountKey out of it. Seems like you should be able to get the Cloud Storage Key out of a CloudStorageAccount but I did struggle a bit at first.

I first used the CloudStorageAccount.FromConfigurationSetting(string) method at first and then played about in debug mode to see if I could find it.

I then found that that method doesn't return the correct type of object which left me unable to find my Azure storage access key. I then tried the same thing but using CloudStorageAccount.Parse(string) instead. This did have access to the Azure storage access key.

//this method of getting your CloudStorageAccount is no good here
//var account = CloudStorageAccount.FromConfigurationSetting("StorageConnectionStr");

//these two lines do...
var accountVal = RoleEnvironment.GetConfigurationSettingValue("StorageConnectionStr");
var account = CloudStorageAccount.Parse(accountVal);

//and then you can retrieve the key like this:
var key = ((StorageCredentialsAccountAndKey)account.Credentials)

It is strange that CloudStorageAccount.FromConfigurationSetting doesn't give you access to the account key in your credentials but CloudStorageAccount.Parse does. Oh well, hope that helps.

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