Using the Azure Files Connection Manager

The Azure Files Connection Manager is an SSIS connection manager component that can be used to establish connections with Azure Files.

To add a Azure Files connection to your SSIS package, right-click the Connection Manager area in your Visual Studio project, and choose "New Connection..." from the context menu. You will be prompted the "Add SSIS Connection Manager" window. Select the "Azure Files" item to add the new Azure Files connection manager.

New Connection

The Azure Files Connection Manager contains the following two pages which configure how you want to connect to Azure Files instance.

  • General
  • Advanced Settings

General

The General page on the Azure Files Connection Manager allows you to specify general settings for the connection.

Azure Files Connection Manager

Authentication
Storage Account

This option allows you to specify the name of the Azure Files account you are trying to connect to.

Storage Endpoints Domain

This option allows you to specify the location of the Azure Files account you are trying to connect to. Available options are:

  • Azure
  • Azure China
  • Azure Germany
  • US Government
  • Other (enter below)
Shared Key

The shared key for the Azure Files account should be specified in this field.

Misc
Upload Chunk Size

The Upload Chunk Size option allows you to specify the size of the file content to be divided to upload large file sequentially.

Timeout (secs)

The Timeout (secs) option allows you to specify a timeout value in seconds for the connection. The default value is 120 seconds.

Retry on Intermittent Errors

This is an option designed to help recover from possible intermittent outages or disruption of service so the integration does not have to be stopped because of such temporary issues. Enabling this option will allow service calls to be retried upon certain types of failure. A service call may be retried up to 3 times before an exception is fired. Retries occur after 0 seconds, 15 seconds, and 60 seconds. Warning: although we have carefully designed this feature so that such retries should only happen when it is deemed to be safe to do so, in some extreme occasions, such retried service calls could result in the creation of duplicate data.

Test Connection

After all the connection information has been provided, click the Test Connection button to test if the connection settings entered are valid.

Advanced Settings

The Advanced Settings page on the Azure Files Connection Manager allows you to specify some advanced and optional settings for the connection.

Azure Files Connection Manager

Proxy Server Settings
Proxy Mode

Proxy Mode option allows you to specify how you want to configure the proxy server setting. There are three options available.

  • No Proxy
  • Auto-detect (Using system configured proxy)
  • Manual
Proxy Server

Using Proxy Server option allows you to specify the name of the proxy server for the connection.

Port

The Port option allows you to specify the port number of the proxy server for the connection.

Username (Proxy Server Authentication)

Username option (under Proxy Server Authentication) allows you to specify the proxy user account.

Password (Proxy Server Authentication)

Password option (under Proxy Server Authentication) allows you to specify the proxy user's password.
Note: The Proxy Password is not included in the connection manager's ConnectionString property by default. This is by design for security reasons. However, you can include it in your ConnectionString if you want to parameterize your connection manager. The format would be ProxyPassword=myProxyPassword; (make sure you have a semicolon as the last character). It can be anywhere in the ConnectionString.