About a week ago Veeam introduced “Direct Restore to Azure”. In the last couple of days, I’ve been playing with it and I have to say I was surprised to see how easy it is to take a backup file and make an Azure VM out of it.
Before diving into the bits & bytes let’s start with a disclaimer coming from Veeam:
“Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure only supports restoring backups of machines within Windows versions that are supported by Azure. And, restoring to Microsoft Azure VMs is only supported in the Service Management Model (classic).”
A bit of background…
For this demo I’ve executed a backup job using Veeam Backup & Replication v9 on a lab VM called xLab-BackupDemo (original right?! J). Then, I uploaded the backup file to the “Direct Restore” VM in Azure and performed the actual restore.
Good. Now that we have a bit of background, let’s start with deploying Veeam Direct Restore to Azure VM from the market place.
Once the VM is up and running you will get Veeam welcome screen. Let’s start with walking through initial configurations wizard.
In order for all this to work, a “relationships” needs be made between Veeam application and my Azure subscription. Download your subscription file and import it when asked.
Now we can start with the actual restore operation by selecting the vbk file, associate it with location, change the VM size (type), configure the Cloud Service and change the VM name and finally attach it to an Azure VNet.
Doing some blog post fast-forward, this how a successful restore will look like.
Is it actually working?!
Yeah it does! The VM is now up and running as a Classic Azure VM.
Now all I have to say about that is…