Azure Backup Reports

I have seen couple of scenarios where customer, Auditors or Management requires to understand the backup report. Generally few below question comes which we have answered as consultant or as team to our customer or Management  about backup.

  • How many VMs We have configured the Backup?

  • How Much Storage space using for my Azure Backup?

  • How to get the backup reports which will help my auditor to understand if backup are taken properly ?

  • What is health status of my Azure Backups VMs/other services ?

  • How many backup jobs are failed?

  • What would be the Job Duration of My VMs Backup/Other services?

And may query which has been asked.

Hence thought of to  write the blogs to configure the backup reports which will help community and organization to understand there Backups and can provide the data when it’s needed.

Step :1 Prerequisite 

  • Identify the Azure Backup Vaults where we want to configure the Backup Reports.
  • Backup Logs Retentationin Days: 30 Days, 90 Days or 1 Year.
  • Storage Accounts where we can retrieved the Backup logs .
  • Power BI Subscription or Can try for free subscription .
  • Storage Accounts and Key

Step :2 Backup Report Configuration From Recovery Vault.

  • Click on the all services
  • Search with “Backup”
  • Select the recovery Vault

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  • Select the  Recovery Vault you want to configure the backup.

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  • Select the Backup Report
  • Select the Diagnostic Settings
  • Start configuring it for backup report.
  • Once the Configuration is done select the Sign in to Power BI subscription.

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  • Once you will click on the Diagnostic Settings you will get the below configuration .
  • Provide the Backup reports Name.
  • Check  the Archive to Storage account Option.
  • Verify the Region and Select the Subscription.
  • Select the Storage account you want to store the Backup Logs.
  • Select the Backup Logs like: Azure Backup Reports,Azure site recovery Jobs Etc.
  • Select the retention Period.

Note: If you want to keep the backup for long time then you can set the retention period is 0 Days.

Once the Diagnostic Accounts settings are set then it will take at lease 24-48 hrs to store the logs in storage accounts.

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Step :2 Power Bi Backup report Configurations.

Once you will done with the Diagnostic setting configuration then you can configure the backup Report.

  • Click on the Sign in Button.
  • It will open up the Power BI URL.
  •  Please signup if you don’t have account ,if you have accounts, Please signin.

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  • Select the Get Data
  • Select the get under My Organization Tab as per below Screenshot.

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  • Click on Apps.
  • Select the Azure Backup Module and select the “Get it now” Option.

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Once you will click here you will get an option to provide the Azure Storage Account Name and Key.

  • Go to the Azure portal and search the storage account.
  • Click on the storage accounts.
  • Select the Storage account, Under settings select the access key.
  • Copy the Storage account Name.
  • Copy the storage Key .

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  • Provide the Storage Account Name.

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  • Provide the Azure storage accounts Key.
  • Click on Sign in

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Once yo will sign in your Backup Report will be populated Power BI instance .

Step :2 Power Bi Backup Dashboard 

  • Once the Backup Report App Configure
  • Please click on the Apps.
  • Please click on the Azure Backup Icons

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  • Once you will click on the Backup Report.
  • We will able to view the Azure Backup report Dashboard.
  • We can easily find the Azure Backup instance.
  • Backup Size, Jobs success and many More options.

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Now Backup reports has been configured Properly.

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Azure Backups for VMs (IAAS)

“In Azure Backup Blogs series i will be writing the blogs for Azure VMs Backup and Pass services Backup , How backup services are help us and what configuring and prerequisite are required for backup.”

Backups are common terms  if you talk about Data Protraction, Compliance etc.

Backup are really important  part of the services or servers which will save lots of time and data in case of storage corruption , Application reconfiguration loss of corruption.

Backups are really help full when there is data loss or system corruption etc.

Lets how the azure Backup will help us in all the scenarios.

 Azure Backup:

MS azure has introduce the Azure Backup Vault feature for classic where you can take the backups of azure VMs and restore it when ever it is required.

Note: In Azure classic there are 2 different services Azure Site recovery and Backup Vaults.

“Later 2016 MS has launched the Azure Site recovery which includes the Backup and Backup Vault both which help us to take the backup of Azure VMs and do DR using the site recovery services for VMs. “

Azure Backup Conman Scenarios 

Below are the common scenarios which are conman in case of loss the data or accidentals deletion , We will be able to restore the Data  from Backup or Azure Backup.

  • Save the Organization Historical Data
  • Application Configuration Data
  • Server Data (Windows/Linux etc)
  • Files and Folders etc

Backup of Azure VMs 

Prerequisite

  • Azure Recovery Backup Vault.
  • Storage Accounts
  • Azure Subscription.
  • Number of VMs that needs to Backup

Step-1 Create the Backup Vault

  • Click on Create Resources
  • Select the Monitoring and Managements
  • Select Backup and Site recovery
  • Provide the Name
  • Subscription Details
  • Location
  • Click on Create

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Once the backup Vault is created ,Please go to Backup-vault.

Steps:2 Protract the VMs. 

  • Click on the Backup Vault
  • Click on Backup +

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Step-3 Create the Backup Policy 

  • Select the Backup Goals
  • Select the Azure
  • Select the VMs type Azure VMs
  • Click on Backup
  • It will route to Backup Policy
  • Create a new Backup Policy
  • Select Ok

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Step-4 Backup Policy 

  • Provide the Backup Policy Name
  • Backup Frequency  (Daily, Monthly , Weekly and yearly )
  • Select the time you want to take the Backup
  • Click on Create .

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Step 5 : VMs Selection for Azure Backup 

  • You can Select the Items of Backup
  • Select the VMs you want to take the Backup
  • click ok

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Step-6 Enable the Backup

  • Click on Enable the Backup
  • It will validate the Prerequisites
  • It will automatically install  the Backup agent .
  • Start protracting the VMs.

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Steps:7 Backup initiation 

Once the Backup services is enabled then backup will start as per schedule and you can see it in Backup Process .

  • Click on the Backup Items
  • Click on the Azure Virtual Machines
  • Click on the Azure Backup Items

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Steps:7 Start the Backup Jobs 

  • Click on Backup Now.
  • Now your Backup has been started .

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Steps:7 Azure Backup Validation 

  • You can check the backup Jobs is in progress .
  • Enjoy with your backup configuration.

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Azure VMs Restoration

In my azure journey i have seen couple of incidents where VMs get cashed and we need to recover the Azure VMs from the backup vault.

MS Azure has enabled the feature that you can restore the VMs backup from the VMs no need to go to site recovery and search for the VMs , Then try to restore the VMs.

In this blog i am going to explain how to restore the complete VMs.

  • Files Recovery
  • Application Restoration or Full Backup Restoration.

Restoration of Azure VMs.

  • Click on the VMs you want to restore
  • Go to operations and Select the Backup

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Step 2: Backup Selections. 

  • If you want to start the backup then select the backup Now.
  • Select the File recovery option to recover the files only
  • Select the Restore VMs to recover the Complete VMs.

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Step:3 Restore VMs.

  • Click on the Restore Points
  • Select the latest Restoration Point to recover the VMs.
  • Select ok.
  • Click on the Restore VMs.
  • Your VMs will start the redeploying in azure Portal

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Step: 5 File Recovery

  • Once you will click on file recovery you will get an option to select the recovery Point.
  • Download the Script
  • Create the password
  • Unmounted the disk after recovery
  • You are done with the recovery .

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