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Microsoft Azure – Creating an OS Disk Snapshot of a Azure VM

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  • Last Updated : 29 Dec, 2021

A snapshot is a kind of actual copy of a VM at a particular point in time.

The purpose of taking a snapshot of an azure VM is to backup the VM data or to recover the VM data in times of critical needs. This snapshot can be used to provision the Azure VM in case of VM failures or VM Crash or else in case of any other business needs. 

Let’s get into the implementation of how we can create an OS Disk Snapshot of a select Azure VM.

Implementation:

Follow the below steps to create an OS Disk Snapshot of a Azure VM:

Step 1: Log in to Azure Portal

Step 2: Select your Azure VM from Azure Virtual Machines

Step 3: then Navigate to Settings >> Disk >> Select the OS Disk

Step 4: After selecting OS Disk, click on + Create snapshot.

Step 5: Fill up the required details like Subscription, Resource Group and Provide Unique VM Snapshot Name.

  • Select Snapshot type: Full 
  • Select Storage type: Standard HDD | Premium SSD | Zone-redundant (This should be selected according to requirements needed in the project)

Step 6: For the next parameters, you can leave them as default and go for Review + create to proceed.

You will be notified once the deployment completes. That’s it. This snapshot can be used as recovery/backup of a select azure VM for future deployment in case of VM failures or VM crashes or else in case of any other business needs.

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