This article will provide an example of uploading files to Azure blob storage which accompanies Xcalar instance in Azure Maketplace. This technique assumes you have an Azure account and use it to connect Azure Storage Explorer.
Link to Azure Storage Explorer
After you launch Storage Explorer, you must connect it to Azure, do so by clicking on the icon along the left vertical edge:
This will allow you to log in with your Azure credentials (username, password, and a real-time verification code)
From there you click on the "apply" button in the Account Management display:
Next click on the widget (in red box) to the left of Azure Xcalar Sponsorship
This widget will rotate and expand its contents, revealing a next level of Storage Accounts
Click on the widget to the left of Storage Accounts to expand its contents
Now you may see a list of many possible options.
At this point you need to locate the name of the storage account that was provisioned with your instance by Xcalar.
link to Azure Portal
You can locate it by logging into your Azure Portal, logging in with same username/password that you used above with Azure Storage Explorer, (a fresh verification code may be needed) and then clicking on Resource Groups
From there you must locate the resource group containing your Xcalar instance and the storage account.
Click on the chosen resource group to reveal its contents:
At the bottom of the list you will see a storage account named xdpstorage + <
Copy and paste the blue storage account name - you will need to keep track of this when you use Azure File Explorer.
Now return to Azure File Explorer and locate the storage account with the name that you copied above:
Double-click on the storage account name to reveal its contents (2 blob containers named CUSTOMER and ALLAN
Decide on the blob container that you wish to upload to - in this case I am using CUSTOMER, and click on it
You will now have a list of operations displayed which you can perform on the CUSTOMER blob container, such as UPLOAD, and NEW FOLDER
Have a datafile on your local computer (where Azure File Explorer is running) so that you can test upload.
It will give you the option to upload individual files, or an entire folder of files (all files in that folder)
In this example I will upload an individual file, also notice the Block Blob file type (which is required). I am clicking on ellipsis icon to browse for the file (red arrow on right):
I have used file browser on my local desktop to choose a file called BOOK_PRICES.XLSX
I now click the UPLOAD button - after reviewing the dialogue entries
Azure File Explorer confirms that file is now present (having been uploaded)
Now I go to my Xcalar instance, and create a new dataset: