Control: 3.7 Ensure 'Trusted Microsoft Services' is enabled for Storage Account access


Some Microsoft services that interact with storage accounts operate from networks that can't be granted access through network rules. To help this type of service work as intended, allow the set of trusted Microsoft services to bypass the network rules. These services will then use strong authentication to access the storage account. If the Allow trusted Microsoft services exception is enabled, the following services: Azure Backup, Azure Site Recovery, Azure DevTest Labs, Azure Event Grid, Azure Event Hubs, Azure Networking, Azure Monitor and Azure SQL Data Warehouse (when registered in the subscription), are granted access to the storage account.

Turning on firewall rules for storage account will block access to incoming requests for data, including from other Azure services. This includes using the Portal, writing logs, etc. We can re-enable functionality. The customer can get access to services like Monitor, Networking, Hubs, and Event Grid by enabling "Trusted Microsoft Services" through exceptions. Also, Backup and Restore of Virtual Machines using unmanaged disks in storage accounts with network rules applied is supported via creating an exception.


From Console

  1. Login to Azure Storage Accounts
  2. For each storage account, go to Security + networking section
  3. Click on the Networking settings
  4. Go to menu called Firewalls and virtual networks
  5. Ensure that you have elected to allow access from Selected networks
  6. In Exceptions section, enable check box for Allow trusted Microsoft services to access this storage account
  7. Click Save to apply your changes.

From Command Line

Use the below command to update trusted Microsoft services.

az storage account update --name <StorageAccountName> --resource-group <resourceGroupName> --bypass AzureServices


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