Make Azure Backup targets available for dev lab templates
One of our most popular requirements for lab environments is the cloning of VM's from a production environment into a segregated self service lab environment. Dev Labs seems to be a good contender for this but the admin steps to convert a production Azure VM into a Dev Labs VM is a little awkward currently.
Each night I backup my production VMs with the Azure Backup service, it would be great if these backed up VM's can be used as template images within dev-labs.
Currently to achieve this I would have to restore the VM's to a staging VNET/Storage Account, shut them down and then copy the VHDs using azcopy or similar. Cutting it out the middle steps would be great, and would massively increase our adoption of Azure for labbing purposes.
Thanks for submitting this request. We are currently investigating how to make this possible. We will update you once it has made to our backlog.