Update 2 : MS just confirmed me (but not published) that Azure Site Recovery is supported via the new portal, via Recovery Services
Update : MS released the official documents, I was just announcing here
Great news for Azure IaaS V2 users (ARM). Yesterday, Microsoft announced the release of the Public Preview of Azure Backup for IaaS V2 via ‘Recovery Services Vaults’
This is a quick step be step to rapidly configure your VMs backup
NB : Azure Backup via Recovery Services Vaults will let you backup V1 and V2 VMs (Classic and ARM). It’s recommended that you will use it just to get your hands on and not for Production, since it’s not covered by any SLA or commitment (Preview). MS has not published guides to migrate existing Backup vaults to Recovery Services Vaults, but I think this is planned.
Login to the Azure Portal (https://portal.azure.com). Go to Browse –> Recovery Services vaults
Click the Add + button
Type a Name for the RS vault, choose a Subscription, a Resource Group and a Region. You need to know that the Recovery Services vault in tied to a Region. you cannot Backup/Restore resources to/from a different region.
After the vault creation. you can discover the different options available. Just for Information : Recovery Services Vaults include Azure Backup services (VMs, Files, SCDPM) and ASR (Azure Site Recovery). ASR is currently on Private Preview and is not yet released. File and SCDP support we come soon too.
To configure a Backup, click on Backup +
Select the Backup type. As mentioned, only Azure Virtual Machine Backup is supported by now
You will now choose the Backup Policy. You can select an existing policy or create a new one.
The policy have the following options:
Name : Type a Name for your policy (Class1, Class2, Class3). Just a recommendation, Do not make naming like ‘Daily’ or ‘weekly’ since the retention may differ for two ‘daily’ based policies
Backup Frequency : There are only two options and a start hour. You can make Daily Backups or Weekly backups
Retention : This is great about Azure Backup since on the same policy you can configure your retention and long term retention (Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly!!)
Once the Policy is selected, you can choose which Virtual Machines to backup with this Policy. Note that Classic VMs and ARM VMs can be backed up with the same policy.
You can verify that the VMs selected are under the Backup Items blade, in addition to some other information like the Last Backup status, the Policy…
On the Backup Jobs Blade, you can find all the Backup Jobs of all VMs. You can change the period using the Filter Button
This just a teaser, more is coming, try it, you can ask me question on the comments, but as a reminder:
- Do not use on Production, wait for the GA (Maybe 2 months)
- ASR is not supported yet
- A lot of enhancements are coming (User Experience mainly), stay tuned