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  1. Backup On-Premises VM to Azure and Restore the VM in Azure

    When creating a new machine an Option to select an backup for restore would be great.

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    unplanned  ·  29 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Exclude Disks from VM Backup

    Currently it's not possible to exclude Disks from a Hyper-V VM backup. (except using the Exclude Pagefile Disk workaround) to exclude single disks from the backup.

    The possibility to exclude disks from a hyper-v vm backup would be a great improvement in case you've really large fileservers or other workloads where another backup mechanism is in place or you simply dont want a backup because of temp data etc.

    267 votes
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  3. Azure backup of Azure IaaS VM to a different region

    It would be ideal if we could push the Azure backup of our Azure IaaS Vms to a different region. This would give people a lot more peace of mind in the event of a datacentre failure.

    257 votes
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    started  ·  7 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Ability to execute custom pre & post scripts as part of a Recovery Services backup snapshot

    Provide functionality for Recovery Services to execute Pre and Post scripts during a backup snapshot. This could allow applications and databases to be consistently quiesced on non-VSS enabled operating systems like Linux. Perhaps this could be built into the WAAgent Backup Extension and provide accompanying templates scripts to guide users through the process.

    46 votes
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  5. Changing the managed disk name at the time of restore

    Please add the capability of changing the managed disk name.
    Fixed name makes it difficult to manage.

    40 votes
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  6. Unlock VMs Prior to Initiating Backups via Recovery Services Vault Job

    If you lock a resource group containing VMs as ReadOnly, VMs in that resource group will fail to backup because they are locked.

    Please provide an option to bypass ReadOnly locks for recovery services backup jobs.

    30 votes
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  7. [Azure Backup] Want to specify Backup Schedule Policy of Azure VM Backup at "local time" using Azure PowerShell

    At present, backup schedule of backup policy using Azure PowerShell, we need to specify the "time", "time zone" in UTC.

    Therefore, please add the function to be able to specify the "local time" (UTC + N) using Azure PowerShell.

    29 votes
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  8. Even with encrypted VM, VM can be restored by "Replace Disk".

    Currently, encrypted VMs are not eligible for "Replace Disk" as described in the following public information.

    Title: Restore Azure VMs
    Address: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-arm-restore-vms
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    Replace existing is supported for unmanaged managed VMs. It is not supported for unmanaged disks, generalized VMs, or for VMs created using custom images.
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    From the security point of view as well, it is possible that the number of encrypted VMs will increase in the future, so there is a need for an easier recovery method.

    Currently, encrypted VMs can only be restored from "disk restores". We should also implement VM restoration with "disk replacement" of…

    25 votes
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  9. Allow VM Extension to talk directly to vault without internet access

    Many customers do not want to grant their IaaS VMs direct access to the internet. Forced tunneling prevents the Azure Backup Service from protecting Azure IaaS VMs. If the Azure Backup VM Extension was allowed to talk directly the Recovery Service Vault through internal traffic in the datacenter, VMs would not need Internet access for backups to complete successfully.

    24 votes
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  10. Visualize the status of replication to Recovery Services container of GRS storage

    The following User Interfaces are required.
    · Implement the UI to check the actual operation.
    · Implement a demonstration UI.

    22 votes
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  11. Azure Virtual Machine scale sets Instances should and Azure Backup service

    If scale sets are used by in Azure IAAS, it should be supported to back up its instances or single instance at least through Azure Backup service in same or other regions in a recovery vault.

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  12. Increase the limit of data disk number supported by azure backup

    Azure backup supports up to 16 data disks attached to an Azure virtual machine for backup. Please remove the restriction or match the max data disks for G series

    22 votes
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    started  ·  1 comment  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Restore managed disk VMs without Storage Account for staging

    Currently, we should specify the Storage Account for staging purpose to restore the VMs with managed disk.
    But the advantage of the managed disk is that we don't have to inform and control storage account permissions for the end users. The required RBAC permission for this operation is Storage Account Contributor which means the restore operator can perform anything for the storage account.
    This prevents the customer from being free from Storage Account management.

    22 votes
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  14. be able to query the retention period of on-demand vm backup

    When we run on-demand vm backup, the retention period is not shown in any UI (e.g. Azure Portal, Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI, Azure REST API) currently.
    If the retention period is queryable, backup data management will be more easier and convenient.

    18 votes
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  15. Allow file-level restores of Encrypted Azure VMs without MARS

    Allow file-level restores of Encrypted Azure VMs without MARS

    17 votes
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    unplanned  ·  0 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Option to delete specific recovery points

    Add an option to delete individual recovery points. Alternatively if that is not possible add option to continue purging old backups according to the backup policy after server has been deleted\renamed\migrated (VNET migration).

    16 votes
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  17. View backup size per IaaS VM

    Currently it is only possible to see the total size of the backups in the vault.
    It would be good if we could easily see the total size of the backup data for each IaaS VM as it would give a better picture for the backup costs, which if needed will allows to change the backup policy for a VM accordingly when needed.

    15 votes
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  18. The VM backup operation should be able to be performed twice consecutively.

    Azure IaaS VM Backup has to wait for the previous backup to be completed when successively triggering backups using "backup now" on the same VM.
    If we try to get backups before and after maintenance, this specification is very painful.

    At least, Azure IaaS VM Backup should be able to run the second backup immediately after the first snapshot is completed.

    15 votes
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  19. Allow greater than daily backup of Azure Virtual Machine

    The daily limitation of Azure Virtual Machine backups is very restrictive. It makes it difficult to meet any reasonable RPO from a backup strategy.

    Even if our RPO is 24 hours, that means we have to have 100% backup success in order to maintain SLA.

    Being able to back up more frequently would allow better RPO or greater achievement of SLA with managed risk of failed backups.

    I really want to avoid using the in-VM agent to complete this task as it doesn't scale which is the whole point of using Azure Backup!

    15 votes
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  20. About VM backup created in classic mode

    We want to use backups made in classic mode available after switching to Resource Manager mode.

    Now, When we move a VM from classic to Resource Manager mode, backups taken prior to migration will not migrate to newly migrated Resource Manager VM.

    15 votes
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