Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Restoring files and folders with Azure backup

In previous articles I’ve covered how to set up Azure files and folders backup as well as how to actually backup data. I’ll now show you how to recover data backed up using Azure Backup for files and folders.

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Launch the Microsoft Azure Backup program. In the top right reselect Recover Data.

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The Recover Data Wizard will now launch. You’ll firstly need to select whether you are restoring files from the current location or whether you are on a different server.

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If you are on a different server you will need the Azure Recovery Vault credentials for verification as shown above. For information about obtaining those see the previous article.

Select Next to continue.

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You can now either browse or search for the files you wish to restore. In this case Browse is selected.

Press the Next button to continue.

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You’ll now need to select a point in time from which to restore your files. In this case there is only one option.

Select Next to continue.

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Locate the files you wish to restore by placing a check mark next to them.

Press the Next button to continue.

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You now need to determine where the files will be restored to. In this they will be restored to an alternate location (the desktop). You also need to determine whether you wish to keep any duplicate copies and whether to restore the permissions to those files.

Select the Next button to continue once you have made your selections.

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You will now receive confirmation of the restore process as shown above. If everything is in order select Recover.

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The restore process will now commence. The amount of time to restore will depend on factors such as bandwidth and the amount of data you have chosen to restore.

When the restore process is complete you will receive the above notification. Select Close to continue.

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If you now look in the backup software console you should see a successful backup job has completed and there is information in the Last Recovery area in the lower right as shown above.

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If you select the View details link under this Last Recovery area you will see a summary of the recover job as shown above.

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You should also now see your recovered files as shown above.

The important thing to remember is that you can restore data from Azure File backup to any machine, you’ll simply need to have the Vault credentials if you perform this on a machine that wasn’t the original source.

You can use Azure File backup to not only backup servers but also workstations running operating systems such as Windows 10. You can also backup multiple machine to a single Azure Recovery vault if you choose. This makes Azure Files backup a quick and easy method to schedule continual backups to the cloud.