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Announcing Azure Backup support for Load Balancer and CloudLink encrypted IaaS VMs

Posted on 18 november, 2015

Program Manager II, Cloud + Enterprise

Azure Backup is a simple, reliable service providing consistent backups for virtual machines (Windows and Linux) running in Azure. We are excited to announce that in addition to what is already available as part of general availability and other feature improvements, Azure Backup now supports following additional virtual machine configurations:

  • Virtual machines under load balancer configuration (Internal and External)
  • Virtual machines with multiple NICs
  • Virtual machines with multiple reserved IP addresses
  • VMs encrypted with CloudLink SecureVM

These additional configurations support along with support for CloudLink SecureVM makes Azure Backup an enterprise-grade backup solution to reliably backup virtual machines running in Azure.

Azure Backup supports Load Balancer and CloudLink VMs

Support for VMs encrypted with CloudLink SecureVM

For enterprises moving their critical VMs and data to Azure both encryption and backup are top requirements. Azure Backup and CloudLink SecureVM help enterprises seamlessly achieve both requirements. The entire encryption of data happens transparently in the VM layer. When Azure Backup does a snapshot of the VM’s disks and transfers data, it accesses and transfers only the encrypted data. On restore, the data in the page blobs continues to be encrypted and upon restored VM SecureVM agent connects to the server at boot time to authenticate the keys .

Backup virtual machines

Setting up backup for Azure IaaS virtual machines with above configurations is easy:

  1. Discover the virtual machines that need to be protected using Azure Backup in Backup vault.
  2. Register the discovered virtual machines to Backup vault.
  3. Protect the registered virtual machines by associating them with a policy that defines a backup schedule and retention time for the backup copies.

Restore virtual machines

Virtual machines protected in Azure Backup vault can be restored using UI or PowerShell. We recommend using a new cloud service option while restoring the virtual machine from UI. Using PowerShell, you can restore the virtual machine disks from backup vault. These restored disks can be attached to the desired VM configuration created using PowerShell cmdlets.

Get started

To get started with Azure Backup, all you need is an Azure subscription. Once you have Azure subscription, you can create Azure Backup vault  for free. Learn how to backup IaaS virtual machines in five minutes.

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