Backup ARM VMs to a Recovery Service Vault

Azure Backup is the service that you use to back up and restore your data in the Microsoft cloud. Azure backup  replaces your existing on-premises or off-site backup solution with a cloud-based solution that is reliable, secure, and cost-competitive. It also helps protect assets that run in the cloud. It provides infrastructure that is scalable, durable, and highly available.

Features of Azure Backup

  •  Automatic storage management.
  • Unlimited scaling.
  • Multiple storage options.
  • Unlimited data transfer.
  • Data encryption.
  • Application-consistent backup.
  • Long-term retention.

This guide takes you through  creating a Recovery Services vault and backing up an Azure virtual machine (VM). This guide we  use with Recovery Services vaults which can be used to protect IaaS v.2 or Azure Resource Manager (ARM) based VMs.

High level overview of the steps we completing

  • Create a Recovery Services vault for a VM.
  • Use the Azure portal to select a Scenario, set Policy, and identify protected items.
  • Configure the initial backup.

First Sign-in to Azure portal 

  1. In the Hub menu Browse->Recovery Service Vault 
  2. Recovery Service Vault menu click Add
    add vault
  3. Recovery Vault blade it prompt to enter the name,subscription,resource group & location.
    create vault.PNG

    Note:-  If VMs  in multiple regions, you will need to create a Recovery Services vault in each region. Create the vault in the first location before going to the other location. No need to specify storage accounts to store the backup data, the Recovery Services vault and the Azure Backup service handle this automatically.
  4. in your vault,setting blade backup configuration->Storage Replication Type
  5. To add the VMs to backup in vault dashboard click Backup
    enable backup.PNG

    When the backup blade opens backup service search for available VMs in subscription
    discover vm.PNG

  6. On the Backup blade in scenario tab select backup type as Azure virtual machine backup
  7. On Backup blade in Backup Policy  select a policy  you can use default policy or create a new policy in this example I used default policy
    Backup policy.PNG
    Create New Policy
    New backup policy.PNG
  8. Next in Backup blade Items to Backup tab select VMs you want to enable backup
    Items to backup
  9. After deploying the policy to the selected VMs they are shows under Backup Items in vault settings (Settings->Backup Items)
    enable inetial backup.PNG
  10. Click one of the VM,in the VM blade click Backup Now to start initial VM backup to see the backup VMs in vault click Backup Items tile and Azure virtual machines
  11. After enable initial backup it will take some time depend on the VM size for this example VM it takes 30 min to do the backup
    The following job shows how much time it takes to finished the backupjobs.PNG

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