Backing up a VM from the Azure Portal Demo

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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.


Hello and welcome back. So, in the previous demonstration, I showed you how to create a backup policy. And now what we're going to do here in this demonstration is a backup a virtual machine from the portal. 

On the screen here, I'm in my Azure home screen. And what I'm going to do here is select this 'DC01' Virtual Machine. And if I select this guy here, there's a couple of different things I can do. If I scroll down, if I select 'Backup' here under Operations from this VM, I can select an 'Existing Recovery Services Vault' or I can create a new one. I can also create a new policy or choose an existing policy. 

What we're going to do here is select an existing vault. You'll notice here we have the two vaults here. I did build my policy in the BerksBatteriesRecovery vault. So, we'll select that one. And then in the dropdown here, we can see MyPolicy that I created earlier. So, we'll go ahead and select 'MyPolicy'. And when I do that, what it's going to do is give me some feedback on the backup policy details. It's going to give me the Backup Frequency, the Instant Restore information, and the Retention of the daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly backup points. And with those settings reviewed, what we do here is simply click 'Enable Backup'. 

And what it does is submit the deployment. And while this is doing its thing, we'll go into the BerksBatteriesRecovery vault. We'll go into Backup. And what we could do here is configure our backup here. But instead, what we'll do here is go into Backup policies. And if we select 'MyPolicy' here, we go Associated items, we can now see that we have DC01 associated with this policy. Remember, when we first created the policy, there was nothing associated with it. 

But now at this point, we have a VM that we can backup or actually we are backing up with this policy called MyPolicy. The Last Backup Status is in warning state. And it's basically telling us that the initial backup hasn't started yet. This will actually run the first backup based on the policy settings, which I think was 8:00 pm. So, that is how you backup a VM with a backup policy in Microsoft Azure.


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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.