An Introduction to Azure Backup

An Introduction to Azure Backup

In this course, we'll take an introductory look at Azure Backup, where you’ll learn what it is and what it does. You’ll also learn what workloads can be protected with Azure Backup.

After you’ve been introduced to Azure Backup, we’ll take a look at how it works. You’ll learn about Recovery Services vaults, Backup vaults, and about backup data redundancy options. We’ll also cover the different backup types that are available.

Once you’ve learned how Azure Backup works, we’ll take a look at Backup Center, where you’ll learn how to use it to manage Azure Backups. Coming down the home stretch, we’ll take a look at Azure Backup policies, where you’ll learn why you use them and how to configure them. We’ll round things out with a few Azure Backup demonstrations.

Learning Objectives

A good understanding of what Azure Backup is, what it offers, and how to implement it.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for those who wish to learn about Azure Backup.


To get the most from this course, you should have a basic understanding of Microsoft Azure and its offerings.


Hello and welcome to Azure Backup. In this lesson, we are going to take a look at what Azure Backup is, and at what it can backup.

Azure Backup, as you might expect, is Microsoft’s cloud-based backup solution that requires no infrastructure to implement. Azure Backup allows you to perform one-off backups and scheduled backups through the use of backup policies. 

You can use Azure Backup to protect many different workloads, including Azure VMs, Azure Managed Disks, SQL Server in Azure VMs, and SAP HANA databases in Azure VMs. You can also use Azure Backup to protect Azure Files Shares, Azure Blobs, and on-prem files, folders, and system state.

Because it’s a zero-infrastructure backup solution, Azure Backup requires no capital expenditures. Its single pane of glass streamlines backups by allowing you to discover, govern, monitor, and manage backups right from the backup portal. Over the next few lessons, we’ll take a look at some of the key aspects of the Azure Backup offering.

About the Author
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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.