Backup files and folders using Azure

In a previous post I detailed how to set up an Azure Recovery Service Vault using Azure Resource Manager and then installing the Azure files backup client. In this article I’m going to walk through how to actually setup and run a backup to Azure for your files and folders.


Run the Microsoft Azure Backup software on the machine to be backed up. If you haven’t configured this yet, read my previous article on setting all this up.

With the Microsoft Azure Backup software running as shown above, select Schedule Backup in the top right.


The above dialog will appear. Select Next to continue.


You are now taken to a dialog where you need to select the files and folders from the current machine.

Select the Add Items button to select the items you wish to backup.


This will then pop up a file explorer like that shown above. Select the locations you wish to backup and press the OK button.


You should now see the backup locations you selected  displayed in the top window as shown above. You can also use the Exclusion Settings if you want to filter what is backed up from the locations selected.

When complete, select the Next button to continue.


You’ll then be prompted to schedule how often you wish to backup your locations. The most backups you can currently perform is three per day.

Once you have made you selection select Next to continue.


You are now prompted to enter the retention policy settings. This determines which backups are retained and for how long.

When you have made your selection press Next to continue.


Given that the initial backup of the locations can be quite large you are now presented with the option to perform the initial backup offline to local storage. If your Azure datacenter supports the option, you can then ship this local back to Microsoft so it seed any future backups.

Details on this process can be found here:

Offline backup workflow in Azure Backup

If you leave the option set to Automatically over the network, the backup data will be sent across the Internet to Azure.

Press the Next to continue.


You will now see a confirmation screen.

Select Finish to complete the configuration.


You will now see the backup schedule being created.


and you should receive confirmation that it has been successful.

Select Close to continue.


The backup will now run automatically in the background based on the settings you configured. However, if you wish to wish to manually run a backup at any time select the Back Up Now link in the top right.


This will launch a dialog as shown above asking you to confirm running a backup.

Select the Back Up button to continue.


The backup will now commence by taking a snap shot of the drive.


You should then see data being transferred by the program as shown above.


When the backup has completed you will receive the above message. Select the Close button to return to the backup software console


If you now look at the console you should see a successful backup job has completed.


If you select the View details link you will see a summary of the backup job as shown above.

The backups will continue to run on the configured automated schedule. You can of course re-run a manual backup at any point.

In an upcoming post I’ll detail how you restore data from this Azure backup.

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