Implementing Azure Backup
Implementing Azure Backup

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 backup offers several software components that can be downloaded and deployed to computers or servers on-prem or in the cloud that need to be protected. The components called agents that are deployed depend on what is being protected. Deploying an Azure backup solution is a straightforward process. The first step is the creation of a recovery services vault.

With the vault created, it can then be prepared to host backups. Once the vault is deployed and prepared, backup policies can be created and deployed. With policies deployed, backups can begin. 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 as well. 

We'll cover these options in the upcoming demonstrations. Power BI is used to view and manage reports for Azure backup. This will also be covered in the upcoming demonstrations.

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.