Backup Azure Files Share

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In this blog post I will be backing up an Azure File Share that I created to store my Windows Virtual Desktop FSLogix Profiles.

1) Login to the Azure Portal

2) Firstly, i’ll create a recovery services vault

A Recovery Services vault is a storage entity in Azure that houses data. The data is typically copies of data, or configuration information for virtual machines (VMs), workloads, servers, or workstations. You can use Recovery Services vaults to hold backup data for various Azure services such as IaaS VMs (Linux or Windows) and Azure SQL databases.

Search and click Recovery Services Vault

3) Click Add

4) Complete details for your new Recovery Services Vault. See example below

5) Add tags as required and click create

6) Next, visit Recovery Services Vault and click your newly created vault

7) Click + Backup

8) Click the notice as highlighted below

9) As you’ll see, by default the storage replication type is set to geo-redundant. For the purpose of this lab, i’ll be configuring locally-redundant. You may wish to select local or one of the other options depending on your requirements.

Important note:

10) I select Locally-redundant and click save

11) From the drop down (What do you want to backup?) select Azure FileShare

12) Click Backup

13) Click Select under Storage Account

14) Click your storage account and click ok

15) Click ‘Create a new policy’

16) Click Add and select the Azure Fileshare

17) Set your backup policy as per your requirements. For the purpose of this demo, I have configured as follows

18) Click Enable Backup

19) Wait for confirmation. Takes less then a minute

20) Next, visit your Recovery Services Vault, click backups from the left pane and then click Azure Storage (Azure Files)

21) Notice the backup is pending

22) Click the backup

23) Click Backup now

24) I’m going to leave the data retention as one month. You may wish to set as per your organisation requirements. Click OK

25) Wait for configuration to complete

26) If required, to modify the backup, click the recovery services vault, click backup policies and then select the policy.

27) Success

If you wish to monitor backups or restore data, visit the storage account and use the backup and snapshot options in the left pane

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