Overview of how to add virtual machines to specific backup policies.
Azure Virtual Machine (VM) backups take a 'point in time copy' of the disks attached to a virtual machine as well as other Azure metadata. This is superior to traditional backups in that we have the whole system in a given state as opposed to only the 'data'.
The purpose of the backups is to create a copy of systems that can be recovered in an emergency or for other compliance reasons. The need to recover can be the result of:
- Employee mistakes such as a user accidental deletion
- Data corruption
- Malicious data modification from ransomware/malware/hackers
- Compliance to recover/review archived data
- Operating system or application issues, such as failed Windows Updates
These backups should form a part of a company's overall disaster mitigation and recovery planning. Customers with critical applications should confirm that the recovery state is consistent for their environment. An overview that touches on the 'consistency' topic can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-vms-introduction
To make it quick and simple for you to start backing up VM's the MyCloudIT portal has a quick start process for getting your deployments and other VM's backed up.
- To create backup vaults and policies, follow these instructions:
Add Virtual Machines to one or two policies
Add your virtual machines (VM) to backup policies so they will then start to backup daily. A backup policy sets parameters such as backup time, frequency and retention. If you are not considering backing up your VMs, note the following considerations:
For AVD and RDS session hosts, often customers will treat session hosts as disposable or set them to backup with the "Default Low Policy".
If you do not backup your session hosts make sure all important user data is not stored on the session host with solutions like, folder redirection, home drives and user profile disks/ FSLogix Profiles.
It is also a good idea to have a copy of a good fresh session host in the forms of backing up one session host, a snapshot or a golden image.
We recommend customers who have not tested their whole of infrastructure recovery plan should backup session hosts.
- Log in to the MyCloudIT portal and if applicable to the correct customer.
- Navigate to Manage > Virtual Machines to see all the available virtual machines
- Locate a VM, click on the "No" link under Backup Status to enable backups for that particular VM.
Choose your vault name and a policy where the policy details are listed.