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Guide: Azure Backup Service

You can use the Azure Backup service to back up your Azure Virtual Machine (VM) and your on-premises VM. Azure backup backs up the data, machine state, and workloads running on on-premises machines and Azure virtual machine instances. The Azure Data Backup services provide simple, secure, and cost-effective solutions to back up your data and recover it from the Microsoft Azure cloud.

You can back up on-premises and azure virtual machines and important data in Azure.

  1. Back up Azure VMs
  2. Back up on-premises machines

Back up Azure VMs

Azure Backup stores backed-up data/files in a “Recovery Services Vault”. 

Steps used for taking the backup of Azure Virtual Machine (VM)

  1. Create Recovery Services Vault with the help of the azure portal to store important data.
  2. A backup extension is installed on the VM and creates a snapshot of it 
  1. Windows Virtual Machines, the VM Snapshot extension is installed.
  2. Linux Virtual Machines, the VM Snapshot Linux extension is installed.
  3. The extension brings a storage-level snapshot
  4. After the snapshot is taken, the data/files are transferred to the vault
  5. After the data is transmitted to the vault, a recovery point is created. By default, snapshots are retained for 2 days before they are deleted. 

Back up on-premises machines

You can use the Azure Backup service to back up on-premises machines and apps and to back up Azure VMs. That agent’s name is Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent.

Steps used for handling the backup of on-premises VMs

  1. Create “Recovery Services Vault” with help of the azure portal to store VM data
  2. Once the vault is created download the backup agent from the Azure portal
  3. Install backup agent in on-premises Virtual Machine
  4. Generally, agent, we call it Microsoft Azure Recovery Services agent. It is responsible to take the snapshot of the VM locally
  5. Once it is installed you need to register with “Azure Recovery Services Vault”
  6. Once it registers with the vault then all backup data is sent from on-premises to “Azure Recovery Services Vault”. 

Why use Azure Backup?

Azure Backup has 3 key benefits

  1. Get app-consistent backups

An application-consistent backup signifies a recovery point has all the required data to restore the backup copy. Office 365 mailbox backup solutions provide application-consistent backups, which ensure additional fixes aren’t required to restore the data. Restoring application-consistent data reduces the restoration time, letting you quickly return to a running state.

  1. Multiple storage options

Azure Backup Services offers 2 types of replications to keep your storage/data highly available.

  • Locally redundant storage 

It replicates your data three times (it creates 3 copies of your data) in a storage scale unit in a data center. LRS is a low-cost alternative for protecting your data from local hardware failures.

  • Geo-redundant storage 

It is the default and recommended replication option. GRS costs more than LRS, but GRS provides a more elevated level of durability for your data, even if there’s a regional outage.

  1. Scale easily

Azure Backup Services uses the underlying power and unlimited scale of the Azure cloud to deliver high availability with no maintenance or monitoring overhead.


Azure Backup makes it easy for you to back up and revive your most vital information when the unexpected happens. Apps4Rent provides managed Azure Backup Services and takes accountability for the design, delivery, and management of system software, infrastructure configurations, and Azure service consumption. Apart from that Apps4Rent even provide a service of Windows Cloud PC and support to their clients which makes them the perfect partners to select for the service.

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