Backing Up a VM From the Portal
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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


Azure Virtual Machines can be backed up right from the Azure Portal. By offering this functionality, Microsoft has made it easy for administrators to run quick, one-off backups right from a browser. This demonstration teaches you how to back up a virtual machine with the Azure Portal itself. To manually back up a virtual machine, log into the Azure portal, as we've done here.

Browse to the resource group that contains the VM you wish to back up and select the VM to back up by clicking on the VM itself. Under the operations section, choose backup. To back up the VM, simply click backup now from the top menu. After clicking backup now, pick a date that the recovery point should be kept in tow and click okay to launch the backup job. If this is the first backup job for the VM, it creates a full recovery point. Each backup job afterward will create incremental recovery points.

Incremental recovery points are storage and time efficient since they only transfer the changes that have been made since the last backup. The backup window for the VM offers the ability to monitor the backup job. It shows the status of the backup and the number of completed restore points. When the VM backup job completes, information on the last backup time, latest restore point and oldest restore point is shown on the right-hand side of the overview window.

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.