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Microsoft Azure – Getting Started With Azure Backup For Protecting an IaaS VM

  • Last Updated : 22 Nov, 2021

In this article, we will look into the process of Protecting an IaaS Azure VM with Azure Backup Service.

Follow the step to enable Azure IaaS VM Backup for already provisioned Azure VM. If you don’t have an existing VM you can create one to get started.

Step 1: Log in to Azure Portal at Sign in with your Microsoft Azure subscription account.

Step 2: Go to Virtual Machines or you can Search for Virtual Machines from Search Bar. 

Select your selected Azure VM that you want to enable backup. Here I’m choosing my existing Azure VM -> “VM1”

Step 3:  Then from the left Menu Navigate to Operations >> Backup

  • Recovery Service Vault -> Create new or You can Choose Existing if you have one.
  • Backup vault -> You can provide your own unique name. Here I have given “AzureVM1-Vault”
  • Resource Group -> you can choose your existing default resource group or you can create one by Clicking on “Create new”

Step 4: Next Step is to Create an Azure Backup Policy. Just click on “create new”

  • Policy name: Define Your Policy Name. Here, I have given “AzureVM1-DailyPolicy”
  • Backup Schedule : (Frequency: Daily, Time: 2:00 am (Choosing 2:00 am Non-Business Hours), Timezone: UTC)
  • Instant Restore: Retain Instant recovery snapshot(s) for 2 Days
  • Retention Range: Retention of Daily Backup Point -> Daily at 2:00 am for 30 Days.

You Can Choose your Own Backup Frequency like weekly, monthly, yearly if you want. (For non-critical applications)

Click “OK” to continue.

Step 5:  Once Configured, verify your Backup Policy details and Click “Enable Backup”

Step 6: You can verify your Azure VM Backup Setup at Recovery Service Vault. For that Navigate to Azure Home Page and Search for Recovery Service Vault and Select the “Recovery Service Vault” Service

Step 7: Select your created Recovery Service Vault. Here I’m selecting “AzureVM1-Vault” which we have created.

Step 8: Click on Overview >> Backup. From here you can verify monitoring and usage charts. 

Currently, I have enabled only 1 VM. You can see that under Usage – Backup items is 1. 

Step 9: You can also verify under Protected items >> Backup items under Backup Management Type -> Azure Virtual Machine : Backup Item Count = 1.

Step 10:  Click on your selected Azure VM. Here I’m selecting “VM1”

Step 11: Click on “Backup now” to Enable Backup right away.

Step 12: You can Retain your Backup till the Date you Select and Click “OK” to Continue.

Step 13: You can perform operations like Restore VM, File Recovery, Resume Backup, Delete Backup Data, Restore to Secondary Region and Stop Backup.

That’s it! It’s Done.


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