Windows Azure Storage Emulator Account Name and Key

It’s almost funny to say, but I’m working on a legacy Windows Azure Application in which the need of the Windows Azure Storage Account Name and Account Key need to be given instead of a Storage Account Connection String.

What’s the Difference? You need the Name & Key for a Connection String

While this is true in some scenarios, there is one distinct difference especially when it comes down to running in the local Storage Emulator. The following are considered Connection Strings:

<Setting name="DataConnectionString" value="usedevelopmentstorage=true" />


     <add key="DataConnectionString" value="DefaultEndpointsProtocol=https;AccountName=myuniqueaccountname;AccountKey=superlongsecurestoragekey" />

The second example of a connection string could be easily parsed to extract the AccountName and AccountKey, unlike the first example which is absolutely impossible to provide any valuable information. If you’re using the original Microsoft Sample code for Windows Azure Storage Session State Management which doesn’t use the convention of the connection string, you’d be sadly out of luck. This is what you’ll find in the Web.Config file:

     <add key="AccountName" value="myuniqueaccountname"/>
     <add key="AccountKey" value="superlongsecurestoragekey"/>

Oh No, We’re doomed right?

Not at all. Microsoft has provided the storage credentials for the local Storage Emulator on MSDN. Here’s a quick place to copy the default name and key:





Happy Clouding!