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    May 2019

    16 May

    Network Security Group service tag for Azure Backup is now available

    NSG service tag for Azure Backup aims to ease the process of running backups in an environment locked down using NSGs. With this, you now have the option to simply use the ‘AzureBackup’ tag to allow outbound access to Azure Backup for your workload (SQL server) agent running inside the VM, instead of managing whitelisting of required IPs.

    April 2019

    16 Apr

    Announcing Azure Backup support to move Recovery Services vaults across subscriptions and resource groups

    Announcing the GA support for move functionality for recovery services vaults where you can migrate a vault between subscriptions and resource groups with a few steps, in minimal downtime and without any data-loss of old backups. You can move RS vault and retain recovery points of protected VMs to restore to any point in time later.

    March 2019

    18 Mar

    Azure Backup SQL Servers running in Azure Virtual Machines is now generally available

    Target availability: Q1 2019

    Learn about this pay-as-you-go service which uses native SQL backup and restore APIs to provide a comprehensive solution to backup SQL servers running in Azure IaaS VMs.

    February 2019

    12 Feb

    Backup SQL Server in Azure VM Protected Instances resource GUID and name change

    Effective 1st April 2019, the resource GUIDs and names for Backup SQL Server in Azure VM Protected Instances will change.

    January 2019

    23 Jan

    Preview refresh: Azure Backup supports PowerShell and ACLs for Azure Files

    You can now retain your backup of Azure Files shares for 10 years by using Azure Backup and PowerShell.

    December 2018

    4 Dec

    Azure Backup simplifies data protection and protects against ransomware.

    Azure Backup is simple to use because it is a modern software-as-a-service application built into the platform to give you the latest updates while reducing management.

    November 2018

    1 Nov

    Enterprise backup for SQL Servers in Azure Virtual Machines

    Users can backup their SQL Servers running in Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). This workload backup capability is built as an infrastructure-less, pay-as-you-go service that uses native SQL backup and restore APIs to provide a comprehensive solution to backup SQL servers running in Azure IaaS VMs.

    October 2018

    6 Oct

    Azure Backup available in Australia Central regions

    Target availability: Q3 2018

    Azure Backup has expanded its operations to Australia Central and Australia Central 2.

    3 Oct

    Azure Backup now supports Standard SSD Managed Disks

    Target availability: Q4 2018

    Azure Backup supports Standard SSD Managed Disks, a new type of durable storage for Azure virtual machines.

    April 2018

    19 Apr

    Azure Backup now supports network-restricted storage accounts

    Azure Backup now supports storage accounts which are secured with Azure Storage firewalls and virtual networks.

    17 Apr

    Recovery Services vault limit increased to 500 vaults per subscription per region

    Recovery Services vault limit increased to 500 vaults per subscription per region.

    10 Apr

    Integration of Azure Backup into VM create experience

    You can now enable backup of virtual machines while creating them from the Azure portal.

    10 Apr

    Azure Backup now supports BEK encrypted Azure virtual machines

    Azure Backup now supports backup and restore of Azure virtual machines encrypted using Bitlocker Encryption Key(BEK) for managed or unmanaged disks.

    10 Apr

    OMS Monitoring solution for Azure Backup using Azure Log Analytics

    Now you can use your Operations Management Suite (OMS) workspace and Azure Log Analytics to monitor backups across Recovery Services Vaults and Subscriptions.

    March 2018

    16 Mar

    Azure Backup is now available in France

    Azure Backup is now available in Azure France.

    16 Mar

    General availability: Support for large disk backup and improvements for backup/restore

    Azure Backup now supports backup of large disks and a set of backup and restore improvements based on a new VM backup stack.

    February 2018

    27 Feb

    Public preview: Azure Backup integration with Azure Files

    You can back up file shares automatically based on policy and restore instantly to a point in time by using the Azure portal.

    27 Feb

    General availability: Application consistent backup for Linux VMs by using Azure Backup

    We're excited to announce the general availability of application consistent backup for Linux VMs running in Azure by using Azure Backup.

    22 Feb

    Using Azure Log Analytics and an OMS workspace to monitor Azure backups

    You can use your OMS workspace and Log Analytics to monitor Azure backups across Recovery Services vaults and subscriptions.

    6 Feb

    Integration of Azure Backup into the VM creation experience

    Azure Backup provides the capability to back up a virtual machine while you're creating the VM in the Azure portal.

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