Azure Backup Policies

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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.


Welcome back. In this lesson, we’re just going to take a quick look at backup policies.

As with any other backup solution, ongoing backups in Azure are managed via backup policies. You can create backup policies for Azure VMs, SQL in Azure VMs, SAP HANA in Azure VMs, and Azure file shares. However, if you want to just backup files and folders using the MARS agent, the policy for backing up these items is specified in the MARS console.

Backup policies are created on a “per vault” basis and each policy that you create can be assigned to multiple resources. For example, an Azure VM backup policy is typically used to protect multiple Azure virtual machines.

When you create a backup policy in Azure Backup, you have to configure the policy schedule and the retention settings for the policy. The policy schedule, of course, specifies when to take the backup, while retention defines how long each backup should be retained.

When configuring a backup policy’s schedule, you can select a daily schedule or a weekly schedule with a specific point of time. Retention can be configured for "daily", "weekly", "monthly", and "yearly" backup points. Retention for "monthly" and "yearly" backup points is considered Long Term Retention, or LTR.

It’s important to note that when you create a Recovery Services Vault, a default policy is also created automatically. You can use the default policy to backup your resources, or you can create your own policy as you see fit. The image you see on your screen shows what the default policy looks like when you create a Recovery Services Vault:

Join me in the next lesson, where I’ll show you how to create a backup policy.

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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.