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Mar 27, 2019
1h 8m

At the core of Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) disaster recovery is a thorough knowledge of Azure virtual machine (VM) backup. In Backing Up Virtual Machines in Microsoft Azure, you’ll learn how to back up and restore VMs running in Azure. First, you’ll learn how to use Azure VM Backup to back up Windows Server and Linux VMs running in Azure. Next, you’ll explore the many types of restore options available in Azure. Finally, you’ll discover how to retrieve individual files and folders from VM backup restore points. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a foundational knowledge of Azure VM backup and recovery that will help you as you move forward to become a more effective Microsoft Azure administrator.

About the author
About the author

Timothy Warner is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Cloud and Datacenter Management who is based in Nashville, TN.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi there. My name is Tim Warner. Welcome to my course, Backing Up Virtual Machines in Microsoft Azure. I'm a Pluralsight staff author, Microsoft MVP, and Azure solution architect. This beginner level course is aimed at IT operations professionals who are responsible for providing disaster recovery for Windows Server and/or Linux virtual machines running in Azure. By the end of the course you'll know how to backup and restore VMs in Azure. You'll understand how to restore virtual hard disks, as well as individual file and folder resources from VM restore points. I hope you'll join me on this journey to master Azure VM disaster recovery and our Backing Up Virtual Machines in Microsoft Azure course at Pluralsight.

Backing Up VMs
Hello and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner. I'm happy to be your instructor. This course is entitled, Backing Up VMs in Microsoft Azure. This is the first module of the course, and it's titled, appropriately enough, Backing Up VMs. What we're doing in this course is looking at disaster recovery for your Microsoft Azure virtual machines. We're going to start with the basics and then get gradually more complex as your skills increase. We're going to start with VM disk snapshots, both in the unmanaged and managed disk scenarios. You'll then learn how to perform manual and scheduled backups of your Windows Server and Linux virtual machines running in Azure, and you'll understand that configuration from two perspectives, the VM, which is my favorite way to go, or the more centrally located Recovery Services Vault. Let's get started. To find the exercise files for this course in the Pluralsight web player navigate to the Exercise files tab and click Download exercise files. Every Pluralsight course includes a zip file that includes two main things; one, PDF representations of all of my slide decks, and also links lists. They are text files that I fill with links and references that I refer to in the training and that I think may be helpful as you work in your Azure skill development. Were relevant, I'll also share my PowerShell source code with you in those files as well.

Restoring VMs
Hello there, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner. The name of this module is Restoring VMs. If you're coming to this module from the previous one, then you understand the workflow for backing up your Windows Server and Linux VMs in Azure using the VM backup extension and the Recovery Services Vault. Today we're going to start by restoring entire virtual machines in Azure. We'll also look at restoring individual disks, and we'll finish by verifying recovery by testing access to those restored virtual machines and disks. Let's begin.

Recovering Files and Folders from VMs
Hello there and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner, and this module is entitled, Recovering Files and Folders from VMs. If you've been with this course sequentially, and I hope you have, you understand the VM backup and recovery workflow pretty well from the entire VM and individual VHD perspective, but here we're going to look at a feature called Azure VM File Recovery that enables you to retrieve file system resources directly from your backup disks. It's a very good convenience, and I think you'll like this feature a lot. Let's get right to it.

Providing Failover Recovery for VMs
Hello there, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner. The name of this module is, Providing Failover Recovery for VMs. We're going to begin this module by understanding the Azure Site Recovery use cases, and we'll focus in on one in particular, configuring VM replication in an Azure-to-Azure context. By the end of this module you'll understand how to configure replication, as well as test and perform failover and failback. Very important skills in this lesson. I look forward to teaching you. Let's begin.