When you want to seed your initial backup using the Azure Import Service you have to do a backup to a disk first (obviously). However, this is a 2 step process:
1 - The backup is done to a Staging area
2 - The backup is then copied to the disk you want to ship to Microsoft
Why do we have to stage the backup first? Why can't the backup be done straight to the disk you want to send to Microsoft?
When you are working with terabytes of data this is very time consuming.23 votes
We are working on a solution that will remove the need to use an intermediate staging location. If you are interested to try this out write to us at AskAzureBackupTeam@microsoft.com
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