Restore to Azure VM Using Management Console

Management Console offers a full cloud restore functionality that enables restoring the disk image backups to Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2.

Note that this feature is supported only for legacy backup format

If you need a hot PC replacement based on disk image backup in Azure storage, with the Managed Backup it can be performed in a few steps.

Note that the procedure varies depending on the target service (EC2 or Azure) and the type of data source (disk image backup or VM snapshot).

This chapter describes the disk image restore to Microsoft Azure VM including related technical details.

First, make sure you have a sufficient storage destination (Microsoft Azure VM) available. In case it is not, create a new storage account. To learn more about creating a storage account, refer to the corresponding paragraph of the Create and Manage Storage Accounts chapter.

  1. Open the Management Console.
  2. In the Computers menu, select Restore to Cloud.
  3. Click MS Azure Restore.

Select to restore your image-based backup to either Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Azure. Click Add Azure Restore.

Restore Wizard starts. The Restore Wizard guides you through the restore configuration.

On the first step, specify the data source for the restore plan:

  1. Plan Name. The plan name will appear on the Management Console and in the Backup Agent instance during plan execution
  2. User. Select the user which storage account contains the data
  3. Destination. Select the storage account that contains the data
  4. Computer. Select the computer which data is to be restored
  5. Point in Time. Select the disk image backup version to restore. Click Next.

In fact, you can even select any disk image backup: Azure as source storage is not the mandatory condition for this.

In the second step, specify the disk partitions to restore. Once you are done, click Next.

Next, specify the target instance parameters:

Azure Account. The account under which a new Azure VM instance will be stored.

  1. Computer Name.
  2. Location. The region that is to store the newly created Azure instance.
  3. Resource Group. Azure Resource Group.
  4. VM Size. Select the required VM size that meets your requirements in terms of cores and RAM.
  5. Network.
  6. Subnet. Select one of the available subnets.
  7. Storage. Select your Azure storage.
  8. Container. The Azure container is to store the Azure VM.
  9. Boot Diagnostic Storage. Select the storage where you'd like to place diagnostic files. You can leave this option disabled.

To restore properly, Managed Backup uses a temporary Azure instance. In the next step, configure this instance's parameters. Managed Backup automatically copies the values from the previous step: if you modify these values, ensure that the target virtual machine has sufficient configuration and permissions.

In the next step, you can specify additional options (i.e. decryption password).

In a Preview step, review all the specified information earlier in the wizard, make sure everything is correct, then click Save and Run to start the restore.

If you click Save, the plan will be saved on the **Restore To Cloud ** where you can start it manually at any time.

During the plan execution, the progress is displayed in the Management Console.

Since the image-based backup you provide as data source contained MBS for Windows, the newly created instance will naturally contain MBS for Windows too. That means you can access and manage the instance from the Remote Management tab the way you usually manage your regular computers. That should prove to be extremely useful if, for example, you have a computer that suddenly broke down and you need to quickly replace it with a cloud VM.