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August 2018

Aug 28

Public preview: Azure Backup for SQL Server on Azure VMs

You can use the Azure Backup service to help protect SQL Server instances running on an Azure VM.

April 2018

Apr 19

Azure Backup now supports network-restricted storage accounts

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

Apr 17

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

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

Apr 10

Integration of Azure Backup into VM create experience

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

Apr 10

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.

Apr 10

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

Mar 16

Azure Backup is now available in France

Azure Backup is now available in Azure France.

Mar 16

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

Feb 27

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.

Feb 27

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.

Feb 22

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.

Feb 6

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.

January 2018

Jan 9

Azure Backup now supports BEK-encrypted Azure virtual machines

Azure Backup supports backup and restore of virtual machines that have managed or unmanaged disks encrypted through BEK or through a combination of BEK and KEK.

November 2017

Nov 21

Storage Service Encryption for Azure Backup data at rest

Enabling Storage Service Encryption at rest for all new data coming to Azure Backup from on-premises and in cloud.

August 2017

Aug 2

Azure Backup available in US DoD and new Azure Government regions

Azure Backup has expanded its service to cover all Azure Government regions.

July 2017

Jul 27

General availability: Instant file recovery from Azure VM backups

Instant recovery of files from Azure VM backups is generally available.

Jul 18

Azure Backup available in Korea

Azure Backup is now available in Korea. It's a service that you can use to back up (or protect) and restore your data in the Microsoft Cloud.

Jul 11

Preview: Azure Backup reports through Power BI

Azure Backup reports through Power BI provide the ability to gauge backup health, view restore trends, and understand storage usage patterns across subscriptions and across vaults.

June 2017

Jun 14

Azure Backup for Windows Server system state

Customers will now be able to to perform comprehensive, secure, and reliable Windows Server recoveries. We Will be extending the data backup capabilities of the Azure Backup agent so that it will now integrate with the Windows Server Backup feature, available natively on every Windows Server.

Jun 14

Azure Backup—Enhanced Security

Azure Backup has built-in protection against ransomware. Through enhanced security, notifications, and recoverability, Backup will provide strong mechanisms to guard against any attack on-premises or in Azure.