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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


I hope you've enjoyed learning about Azure Backup. Let's review a little of what you learned. Azure Backup is Microsoft's cloud-based backup solution that can be used to backup both Azure-based virtual machines and on-prem machines. Both Windows and Linux machines can be protected with backups which are in essence point-in-time snapshots. Before deploying Azure Backup, a Recovery Services Vault must be first deployed because the vault is where the backups are stored and managed. 

If virtual machines must be backed up from multiple Azure locations, a Recovery Services Vault must be deployed to each location where virtual machines are deployed. The VMs in each location are then backed up to the local Recovery Services Vault. A storage account, which hosts the backup data, must also be deployed in each location as well. Azure Backup offers three different restore options for VMs protected by Azure Backup. Restore points can be used to restore individual files and folders or they can be used to recover entire disks. 

Restore points can also be used to create entirely new VMs from backups as well. While backing up many virtual machines at scale is accomplished with centrally-configured backup policies, individual virtual machines can also be backed up manually right from the VM dashboard in the Azure Portal. Files and folders backed up by Azure Backup are recovered by mounting the backup volume, copying the files and folders needed from the mounted volume, and pasting those files back to the location where they are needed. 

The process of restoring an entire VM creates an entirely new virtual machine from the backup and the restore process of a disk creates a new disk in Azure. Power BI is used to view, customize, and create Azure Backup Reports

Before Azure Backup Reports can be leveraged however, an Azure storage account must first be created and configured for reporting. After creating a storage account, a free Power BI account must be provisioned and configured to access the backup reporting data in the storage group. With the storage account provisioned and Power BI setup, the administrator can begin configuring and viewing Azure Backup Reports. To learn more about implementing and managing Azure Backups, be sure to read Microsoft's documentation. 

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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.