In this lesson, Sharon shows how to use this brand-new service to protect your Azure file shares from the portal. She will also explain the configuration options.
- [Instructor] During my time at LinkedIn Learning you will have heard me say, over and over again, that Azure is a moving target. And during the recording of this chapter, Microsoft added a new protection feature, and it's pretty cool. We can now back-up Azure file shares. Now keep in mind, this is brand new as of this recording, in mid-February 2018, and is currently only available in a handful of regions. This feature replaces the need to backup files and folders on your Azure virtual machines.
And the nice thing is, it's super-easy to set up. Let's go ahead and take a look. As you can see, I'm already in the resource group AzureFileShareBU, I know, not very creative. And within this resource group, I have already created a file share. And in this file share, you'll notice that I have two folders, a Marketing folder and a Secrets folder, and I have a text document in each.
Nothing fancy. One thing I do want to point out, though, as I back up a little bit, is the location of this resource group, and specifically this file share. I'm using West US 2, as this is one of the handful of supported regions. Let me go ahead and close out of the storage account. I have also created a Recovery Services vault, and again, you'll notice that the location here is West US 2. Let's go ahead and take a look at that. There's nothing fancy here.
All I've done is created it. In order to backup the Azure file share, go ahead, click on Backup. Select where your workload is running. This is in Azure. And next, select the dropdown, where do you want to backup. If you remember in the previous lessons, our only option here was Virtual machine. Azure FileShare is now available to us. I'm going to go ahead and select it. Our next step is to configure the backup. Go ahead and click Backup. The storage accounts that can be protected will be discovered.
In our case, we only have the one, so I'm going to go ahead and select it. And then click OK. Now the file shares that can be protected will be available. We're going to go ahead and select the file share. Click OK, again. And our final step is to go ahead and either create a new backup policy, or choose one that's existing. We're going to go ahead and create one, as I don't have one already existing for this. We'll give it a policy name.
Next, we can set up how frequently the Azure file share will be backed up. As you can see, right now we can only back it up daily, and we can only do it once a day. You can go ahead, pick the time that works for you, and the time zone. Now, you can retain this for up to 120 days. And that is the maximum for retention. For our purposes, I'm going to go back down to 30, and click OK.
Once you've configured the three steps, go ahead and click Enable Backup. And this will take a few moments to deploy. And that is all there is to it. Your file share is now being protected using the new Azure FileShare Backup solution. How cool was that? It will take a few minutes for the backup to be enabled. Once it has been enabled, you can go ahead, close out the blade, and you'll notice now that we have a backup item. And we can go ahead and select our Azure Storage, Azure Files.
And right now, the initial backup is proceeding. And that is all there is to it. Your file share is now being protected using the new Azure FileShare Backup solution. How cool is that?
- 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