In this lesson Sharon demonstrates and configure how to protect an Azure virtual machine using the built-in backup solution that is provided via the Azure portal.
- [Instructor] In this lesson, I'm going to show you how easy it is to back up an Azure virtual machine. But you may be wondering why on earth do I have to back up our Azure virtual machines since there are already copies in Azure? Or maybe you're using availability sets and you're thinking, well, I'm protected. We know the virtual machines aren't going to go down because I'm using that availability set. But remember, these copies that are already there for us are only replicated virtual machines and you need to follow the same rules for virtual machine backups in the cloud as you do on-premise.
Replication is not a backup. A bad update or fat finger delete will be replicated across all your virtual machines. That is why a backup is so important. And it's super-easy. In Azure, we can see our resource group, Azure Recovery Solutions. I'm going to go ahead and open up that resource group. And as you may recall from the earlier lesson, we saw a virtual machine there, and it's called LILFileServer, not very creative, but it works. I'm going to go ahead and select that virtual machine.
And to backup from here, all we need to do is scroll down on our menu until we come to operations. And then simply click backup. You will notice that a recovery services vault that we created in the last lesson is already populated for us. And that's one of the reasons why I like to create the recovery vault prior to configuring my backups. I also have the option to go ahead and create new and do it on the fly.
Whatever method works for you, you go for it. I'm going to go ahead and use selecting. I can also go ahead and choose our backup policy. And remember that we have the default policy but we also created a new policy called LILPolicy. Let's go ahead and use that one. Go ahead, click OK. And simply select enable backup. This will take a few moments. And we just have the notification letting us know that our backup has been enabled.
I'm going to go ahead and select backup again. And you'll notice here, we have our information about that backup. And we can go ahead and select backup now and then our backup will start. We can also refer to our settings to see the information about that backup, including the details of that backup policy. We could also go ahead and change it from here as well. I'm going to close those and leave them as-is. For our demonstration, I'm going to go ahead and click on backup now.
We have the option to select when we want to retain that backup until. We'll go ahead and leave the default, and then go ahead and click backup. And that backup will now start. One thing I do want to mention, when you go to select backup, and if you don't see a recovery services vault listed, that's because it's not in the correct region. And in that case, you'll have to create a recovery service vault on the fly. And that's all there is to it. I told you it was simple. With a couple clicks of the mouse, we created a backup for our Azure virtual machine.
- Creating a Recovery Services vault for Azure Backup
- Protecting virtual machines, files and folders, databases, workloads, and file shares
- Restoring virtual machines, files and folders, databases, workloads, and file shares
- Azure Site Recovery scenarios
- Running failover and failback tests
- Replicating an Azure virtual machine