Restoring Disks
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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


Another option when restoring a VM is to restore disks. The process for restoring disks is very similar to the process of restoring a virtual machine. This demonstration will teach you how to restore a backed-up disk. The first step is to select the restore point. After selecting the restore point, the restore type needs to be selected. The options include the creation of a new VM or the restore of disks. Begin the disk restore process by selecting a restore point for the restore by browsing to the recovery vault that hosts the backups. 

From the vault dashboard, click on the backup items tile. click on Azure virtual machine and select the VM to be restored so that the dashboard opens to the monitoring area. This contains the restore points pane. Click on restore VM on the VM dashboard menu to open the restore blade. When the blade opens, the dialog box displays all restore points from the last 30 days. We can go ahead and choose our restore point here and click OK. At this point the restore blade shows the restore point is set so we can move on to restore configuration. 

We are offered two choices on the restore configuration blade. We are offered the option to create a virtual machine and the option to restore disks. After setting the restore type to restore disk, we need to select a staging location to be used during the restore process. The staging location is a storage account. Storage accounts that are zone-redundant aren't supported for this process nor are storage accounts that don't reside in the same location as the recovery services vault. If there are no storage accounts created within the same location as the recovery services vault, we must create one before we start the restore process. In our case, we already have one configured for our lab. At this point we can click OK on the restore configuration blade to finalize the restore configuration. The last step in the process is to click restore on the restore blade. 

This triggers the restore operation. The restore process is launched and the new disk is created during the restore process. This, obviously, can take a little bit of time depending on how big the disk is that we're restoring. Once the disk is restored, a new VM can be deployed from it by clicking on the restored disk and then clicking create VM in the top menu.

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.