VM Backup in Azure Resource Manager

As promised earlier, VM backup is now available in Azure Resource Manager. I’ve been testing it a lot recently, and the experience seems very good! If you want to know more about VM backup and other Azure Backup options, take a look here: https://cloudpuzzles.net/2016/02/understanding-microsoft-azure-backup-solutions/

Now, let’s see how it’s done:

First of, the current preview is not supporting Premium Storage, but once again, be patient Winking smile

Now, make sure you have the VM agent installed on your ARM VMs, before continuing. Then go to the portal, select Browse, and choose Recovery Services vaults in the list:


Next choose Add:


Now fill out the blanks:

1. Give your vault a name

2. Choose your subscription

3. Pick a resource group, or create a new one

4. Select a location


Your vault will now be created:


After creation, browse to your vault, and select Backup:


Your VMs will now be discovered by the Backup service. Select Scenario:


Now select Azure virtual machine backup:


Next we’ll have to create a backup policy. Here we’ll choose to create a new one, and then we need to fill out a lot of fields:

1. Give your policy a name, for example Daily11pm, if you’re doing daily backups at 11pm

2. Under retention range, we need to select if we want to do retention based on daily, weekly, monthly and/or yearly backups. This depends on your workload, and your backup policy.

3. Depending on your choices under retention range, the options for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly will be available. Here you can enter how many days (or weeks etc.) you want to keep backups.


Now you need to select the VMs you want to be covered by this Backup Policy:


And it will be added:


If you want to run a backup right away, go to Settings in your vault, and select Backup Items:


Then you can select your VM:


And in the next blade, click Backup now and a backup will be initiated:


To check the status of your jobs, go back to Settings and select Backup jobs:


Pick the job:


And now you can see the current status:




That’s all for now, we’ll look into restoring VMs later. Maybe by then we have Premium Storage support Winking smile

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