In traditional enterprise scenarios, organizations used to store their data on tapes for backup for long term retention. But, over the years that data has started to grow exponentially. Azure Backup is a robust and a simple solution and serves as a solution to the traditional enterprise tape backups.

In this blog we will be diving through a the process of creating a Recovery Services vault and backing up an Azure Virtual Machine (VM) using Azure Backup service and at the end you should have a general idea of how Azure Backup works.

A Recovery Services vault is an entity that stores all the backups and recovery points that have been created over time. The Recovery Services vault also contains the backup policy applied to the protected VMs.

Recovery Services vaults protect:

  • Azure Resource Manager-deployed VMs
  • Classic VMs
  • Standard storage VMs
  • Premium storage VMs

At a high level, here are the steps that we will complete.

  • Create a Recovery Services vault for a VM.
  • Use the Azure portal to select a Virtual Machine, set Backup Policy.
  • Run the initial backup.
  • Restore the Azure Virtual Machine.

Steps to Backup Azure VM:

  1. Sign in to the Azure Portal using your Azure subscription.
  2. On the Hub menu, click Browse and in the list of resources, type Recovery Services and click Recovery Services vault.
    Azure Backup

    Create Recovery Services Vault

  3. On the Recovery Services vault menu, click Add.