Getting Started with the Azure Backup Center

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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 to Backup Center! In this lesson, we’ll take a quick look at what Backup Center is and when it can be used.

Azure Backup Center is designed to be a single pane of glass where organizations can manage their backups at scale. It’s designed in a way that makes it especially useful in large and distributed Azure environments. The Backup Center allows you to manage backups for many different workload types, vaults, subscriptions, regions, and even Azure Lighthouse tenants.

Because of its Datasource-centric design, Backup center can provide views and filters that focus on data sources that are being backed up. For example, if you make use of resource tags in your Azure environment, you can filter your views in Backup center so that you see the backup information for only the resources that are tagged with a specific resource tag. This helps filter out “noise”.

Now, I do need to mention here that the Backup Center only supports certain resource backups. The resource backups supported include Azure VM backups, SQL in Azure VM backups, SAP HANA in Azure VM backups, Azure Files backups, Azure Blobs backups, Azure Managed Disks backups, and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Server backups.

On the screen here is a view of what Azure Backup looks like. The Overview page is the default page you see when you open the Backup Center. It displays existing backup jobs, backup instances, and active alerts.

The Jobs tab, or pane, provides a summary of all backup and restore jobs within the last 24 hours. You can view information on the number of jobs that have completed, failed, and are in-progress. Clicking on View All, or on any of the numbers provides more information on the jobs listed.

The Backup Instances tile provides a summary of all backup instances that you’ve configured. Clicking on the numbers in this pane provides additional information on the backup instances for a particular data source type and protection state. 

And then, of course, the Alerts pane shows any pertinent alerts. The left navigation pane provides you with the ability to manage your backup instances, vaults, and policies, and it allows you to monitor your backups and view backup reports. You can also configure compliance and Azure policies for backup.

 In the next lesson, we’ll take a look at Azure Backup policies.

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.