Manually Running the initial Backup
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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


Deploying a backup policy to a VM does not mean the data has been backed up. It simply means that the policy has been applied. The first scheduled backup per the backup policy itself is considered the initial backup. Until the initial backup occurs, the last backup status on the backup jobs menu will show a warning that the initial backup is pending. If you prefer to manually run the initial backup job instead of waiting for it to kick off as part of the policy schedule, browse to the vault dashboard and click the backup items tile. 

When the backup items menu opens, select the backup item that you want to launch. The backup item list opens. When the backup items list opens, click the ellipses to open the context menu. Click backup now to open the backup now menu. From the backup now menu, click the calendar icon and use the calendar control to select the last day this recovery point is retained and click okay. Clicking okay triggers the backup job. Once the backup job has been launched, deployment notifications will provide status updates. 

Backup progress can be monitored from the backup jobs page, which is accessible from the vault dashboard. Depending on the size of the VM, creating the initial backup job may take a while. Clicking in progress from the backup jobs tile on the vault dashboard allows you to view or track the status of the backup. The backup jobs menu shows the status of all jobs. When a backup job is finished, the status shows as completed.

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.