Backup and recovery of Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) form part of our cloud offering. To use this service, you need to be both a Redstor collection administrator, and an administrator of the Azure subscription for the VMs you want to back up.
Use the guide below to manage your backups.
1. Log into the RedApp.
2. To add a new VM, Go to Azure in the sidebar on the left.
3. Click on Virtual Machines.
4. Click Add at the top right.
5. You will now need to log into Azure and allow Redstor access to your resource groups. Click Next to proceed.
6. Authenticate with your admin credentials and accept the requested permissions.
5. You will be shown a list of VMs that your Azure user has access to, and that are located in a subscription that is not yet protected by Redstor. Select one or more VMs from the list (all are selected by default) and click Add.
This will queue the deployment of a new virtual backup appliance into the relevant subscription.
- The appliance will be deployed into the region of the first VM listed.
- Once an appliance has been deployed into a subscription, you will not need to repeat this process when adding new VMs to be backed up.
You can monitor the progress of the deployment on the All Virtual Machines page or under Notifications > Tasks.
You will receive a message under Notifications > Recent when the deployment completes
Once the appliance has been deployed, you can back up the VMs in that subscription. For an individual VM, click on the menu icon to its right and then on Backup.
You can also select multiple VMs and click Backup at the bottom of the page.
You can monitor the progress of the backup on the All Virtual Machines page or under Notifications > Tasks.
You can also view an audit trail of all activities and which users performed them by clicking on the icon at the top right.
The status of all your backups, along with additional analytics, is shown on the Virtual Machines Overview, which can be accessed from the sidebar.
1. Go to the All Virtual Machines view or to the relevant resource group in the sidebar.
2. Select the relevant VM and click the menu icon to its right, then Remove. For multiple VMs, make your selection and click Remove at the bottom of the page.
1. On the home page for the relevant resource group, click on Backup Schedule > Edit.
2. Set your preferences and click on the check mark.
There are two ways to recover data from a VM: recovering the entire machine back to Azure, or downloading files from the machine.
How to recover the entire machine
1. On the home page for the relevant VM, locate the backup you wish to recover. Click on the menu icon, select Recover to, and select your choice of destination. You can recover to the current or a new resource group.
- Current VM reverts the backed-up machine into its original location.
- New VM restores the data into a new, functionally identical VM in a resource group of your choosing.
If you selected New VM, you will need to specify a name for the new machine, and select a resource group for it to be located in. Click Next to proceed.
2. Confirm the selected settings and click Recover.
You can monitor the progress of your recovery on the resource group's home page or under Notifications > Tasks.
You will receive a message under Notifications > Recent when the recovery completes.
How to recover files from a machine
1. Go to the home page for the relevant VM and open the backup you wish to recover files from. You will be shown a list of mount points (snapshots) that have been taken of this machine, sorted by date. Note that it may take a few seconds for the list to load for the first time. You can then drill down and select one or more files you wish to recover. Once you have made your selection, click Download.
The file/s will be downloaded to a zip file.
You can monitor the progress of your download on the resource group's home page or under Notifications > Tasks.
You will receive a message under Notifications > Recent when the download is ready.