Learn how to protect Azure file shares using the new backup offering.
- [Instructor] For this week's weekly insight, we're going to explore the new Azure file share backup. Now, this service is still in preview. Therefore, you may want to refer back to the Azure docs to be sure this service is right for you. I have already created two Azure file shares. One that we're going to backup now, and one that we're going to recover files from. In addition, I have also already created a recovery services vault that is located in the same region. It's from the recovery services vault that we can go ahead and protect that file share. Select backup from either getting started or from plus backup, specify where our workload is running, in this case, it's Azure, and then select Azure file share. Only the storage accounts that are in the same region will be displayed, or if they're not already being protected. We're going to select Azure file share weekly insights. And now, I can go ahead and select the share itself. I only have one, and that's all that's available to me. And now, we can go ahead and select our backup policy. I can create a new backup policy, and to do so, I'd specify a policy name and the backup schedule. And, you'll notice that I can only back these up once a day. And then, you can specify how long you want to retain the backup for. I already have a policy called weekly insights. It backs up at 5:00 p.m. UTC once a day, and it's going to retain the backup for 30 days. Click okay, and then enable backup. And, that's all there is to backing up an Azure file share. Now, let's go ahead and look at a recovery procedure for an Azure file share. I'm going to select backup items from protected items, and then select Azure storage, Azure files. And, you'll notice that we have two backups. The one that we just created, and one that I created previously. We're going to select the one that I created previously. To restore the entire share, select restore share, and then, select the restore point. And at this point, you have the option to restore it to the original location, and you can overwrite the existing files or skip them. Or, you can select an alternate location. In this case, you'll need to provide a storage account name, the file share name. You can adjust the folder name, and again, select what to do in case of a conflict. And, the process is similar for a file recovery. I'm going to select the backup, and then, select the file. And, here you can see we have our directory of company files, and now, we can go ahead and select the files that we would like to restore. As before, we had the original location and the alternate location, as well as the options for case of conflicts. And, at this point, I would just go ahead and restore. You now know how to protect your Azure file shares, as well as restore the entire share or simply a few files. Keep in mind that this service is still in preview. Therefore, you may see it change a little bit in the future.
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