Upload a VHD file to a lab storage account by using Storage Explorer

In this article, learn how to use Azure Storage Explorer to upload a VHD file to a lab storage account in Azure DevTest Labs. After you upload your VHD file, you can create a custom image from the uploaded VHD file and use the image to provision a virtual machine.

For more information about disks and VHDs in Azure, see Introduction to managed disks.

Storage Explorer supports several connection options. This article describes how to connect to a storage account that's associated with your Azure subscription. For information about other Storage Explorer connection options, see Get started with Storage Explorer.


To upload a VHD file to a lab storage account by using Storage Explorer, first, get the lab storage account name via the Azure portal. Then, use Storage Explorer to upload the file.

Get the lab storage account name

To get the name of the lab storage account:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Select All resources, and then select your lab.

  3. In the lab menu under Settings, select Configuration and policies.

  4. In Activity log, in the resource menu under Virtual machine bases, select Custom images.

  5. In Custom images, select Add.

  6. In Custom image, under VHD, select the Upload an image using PowerShell link.

    Screenshot that shows settings to upload a VHD by using PowerShell on the Custom image pane.

  7. In Upload an image using PowerShell, scroll right to see a call to the Add-AzureRmVhd cmdlet.

    The -Destination parameter contains the URI for a blob container in the following format:


    Screenshot that shows an example of a storage account name in the Add VHD box.

  8. Copy the storage account name to use in the next section.

Upload a VHD file

To upload a VHD file by using Storage Explorer:

  1. When you open Storage Explorer, the Explorer pane shows all the Azure subscriptions you're signed in to.

    If you need to add a different account, select the Account Management icon. In Account Management, select Add an account.

    Screenshot that shows Add an account in the Account Management pane.

    Follow the prompts to sign in with the Microsoft account associated with your Azure subscription.

  2. After you sign in, the Explorer pane shows the Azure subscriptions that are associated with your account. Select the dropdown arrow next to the Azure subscription you want to use. The left pane shows the storage accounts that are associated with the selected Azure subscription.

    Screenshot that shows the storage accounts for a selected Azure subscription.

  3. Select the dropdown arrow next to the lab storage account name you saved earlier.

  4. Expand Blob Containers, and then select uploads.

    Screenshot that shows the expanded Blob Containers node with the uploads directory.

  5. In the Storage Explorer right pane, on the blob editor toolbar, select Upload, and then select Upload Files.

    Screenshot that shows the Upload button and Upload Files.

  6. In the Upload Files dialog:

    1. Select ... next to Selected files. Go to the VHD file on your computer, select the file, and then select Open.

    2. For Blob type, select Page Blob.

    3. Select Upload.

    Screenshot that shows the Upload Files dialog box.

  7. Check the Activities pane at the bottom of Storage Explorer to see the upload status. Uploading the VHD file might take a long time, depending on the size of the VHD file and your connection speed.

    Screenshot that shows the Activities pane with upload status.

Next steps