Azure Backup Reports
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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


After deploying an Azure backup solution, you need to be able to report on the status of your backups. As such, you will need to configure backup reports. Azure backup reports can provide information on backups of Azure Virtual Machines and file folder backups to the Cloud using the Azure Recovery Services agent. However, reports for Azure SQL, DPM, and Azure Backup Server are not currently supported. As long as the same storage account is configured for each of the recovery services vaults, you can centrally view reports across vaults and across subscriptions.

Keeping in mind that the storage account selected should reside in the same region as the recovery services vault. To view and manage Azure backup reports, you should use Power BI. Scheduled refresh for the reports in Power BI is every 24 hours. However, you can also perform an adhoc refresh of the reports if needed. Before leveraging Azure backup reports, you must first create an Azure storage account and configure it for reports. The storage account you create is used for storing reports related data. 

After creating a storage account, a Power BI account must also be provisioned. Power BI is used to view, customize, and create your own Azure backup reports. In addition to a Power BI account, the resource provider, Microsoft.Insights must be registered with the subscription containing the storage account and with the subscription containing Recovery Services vault. This is required to enable reporting data to flow to the storage account. To register Microsoft.Insights, browse to the Azure portal, click on subscription and then click on resource providers. 

Check for the Microsoft Insights providers and register it. With the storage account provisioned, Power BI account setup and Microsoft.Insights registered, you can begin the configuration and viewing of Azure backup reports in Power BI. The following demonstration will walk you through this entire process.

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.