Managing Azure VM backups
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As the move to the cloud continues at a record pace, understanding how to properly backup and recover Azure virtual machines is becoming a key skill, one that every IT professional should possess.

In this course, you will learn how to plan and deploy Azure Backup and how to manage backups on a day-to-day basis. You will learn how to create the Recovery Services Vault that stores backed-up data, how to create backup policies, and how to perform backup operations. You’ll also learn how to perform VM restores.

The topics covered in this Azure course map very closely to the learning objectives covered in the Microsoft Azure certification exams. By mastering the topics covered in this course, you will not only learn the skills necessary for day-to-day Azure Backup management, but also learn the skills necessary to become Azure certified.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to configure and review backup reports
  • Understand how to perform backup operations
  • Create a Recovery Services Vault
  • Be able to create and configure backup policies
  • Know how to assign backup policies
  • Execute and perform restore operations

Intended Audience

  • IT Professionals interested in becoming Azure cloud architects
  • IT Professionals preparing for Microsoft’s Azure certification exams


  • General knowledge of IT infrastructure
  • General knowledge of the Azure environment


The recovery services vault dashboard provides access to quite a bit of information about the vault. It shows the most recent backup snapshot, which is also the latest restore point, as well as the backup policy. The total number of VMs protected by the vault is also provided. Along with the total size of all backup snapshots. Most backup management tasks for virtual machines start with opening the vault in the dashboard. 

To view details about a VM protected by the vault, open the vault item dashboard. In the upcoming demonstrations, we're going to use the vaults and the vault item dashboard to perform several backups and restore tasks. While policies are useful for backing up, many VMs at scale, virtual machines can also be backed up manually. In a one-off manner, right from the Azure portal. VMs can also be backed up manually from the backup list as well. The next couple of demonstrations will teach you how to manually backup VMs from the VM dashboard and from the backup items list.

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.