Azure Online backup–Virtual Machines

Since storage is one of the most atractive aspects of the cloud computing, when Microsoft annouced Azure VM backup, it immediately rang a bell or more. So, here’s my experience configuring it for my humble laboratory.

Let’s start with the basics. Here’s where you will find the documentation.

The first step to configure Azure VM Backup is to discover the virtual machine. For that you have to navigate to the portal, under Recovery Services and click on Registered Items:

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Once there, click on Discover in the lower bar:

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The next step is to Register your VMs.In my case, when I clicked on the Register button, I’ve got nothing. I assume it is because all my VMs were stopped. However, it is not the case. For some crazy reason, I’ve created this vault in another region. So, a new vault shall be created!

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Now we are cooking:

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So, I have select my SCOM machine (ascom).

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For the last main step, you have to actually Protect the VM. Once you click on Protect, you are presented with the VMs that you had registered before:

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You may define your backup policy:

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And a retention policy:

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For testing, I have just selected as below:

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The job is then comes to life:

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Summary: the process to setup the backup is pretty straightforward. I will be back once I have something to restored.

Hope this helps!