How to Back Up an Azure Server for Local Restore

There are a lot of backup and DR tools out there, Veeam being one of our favorites. However, if you just need a simple way to back up your single static Azure server, maybe as a one off before updates, the easy solution is to get a restorable backup of that Azure server with tools already at hand.

Go to https://Portal.Azure.com and log on as administrator.

Attach a temporary virtual drive to your VM big enough to store a bare metal Windows backup.

From there, add the feature Windows Server Backup to your VM:

Back Up an Azure ServerConfigure Windows Server Backup to create a bare metal backup and store it on your temporary virtual drive.

Afterwards, you will need to shut down your VM temporarily and disconnect the drive.

To disconnect the drive, open the VM Settings and edit the Disks as shown below:

Back Up an Azure ServerSelect the backup disk and on the right side, then select the disconnect icon as shown below:

Then Save:

Back Up an Azure Server

Now we will locate the disk in Resource groups in order to edit the disk:

Once you open the disk, select “Export,” as shown below:

Select 36000, which equals 10 hours.

Copy the link using the icon to the right to download the VHD:

The file will download as abcd without an extension. Once it completes, you can rename it to whatever you want, such as “Backup.vhd.”

You can then mount the drive using a Hyper-V host or other VDH-mounting capable OS or software.

There you have it! Pretty simple to do.

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