With Altaro VM Backup, you can send a redundant copy of your backups to an Azure Cloud Storage Account, this is ideal for Disaster Recovery purposes. To do so, please follow the steps below:



Prerequisites:


Note: If you are planning to run restores to Azure, make sure that the Azure datacenter you're selecting supports spinning up VMs.


A. Set up your Azure Storage Account


  1.  Sign in or Sign up to your Azure Portal account on https://portal.azure.com

  2. Click [New] > [Storage] > [Storage Account]




  3. Fill in the options on screen.

    Ensure you select General Purpose as the Account kind. Please note that GPv1 (General Purpose v1) is recommended as it will result in the lowest cost. This is due to: "workloads with high churn or high read rates may benefit from this account type." Reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/storage-account-options

    Ensure you select Standard performance

    Choose your preference for Replication redundancy. Important: Selecting ZRS will require a General Purpose v2 account, which will result in higher monthly costs

    More information about Azure Replication Options can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/storage/storage-redundancy

    Also, please see Azure Storage Pricing for pricing information for the different redundancy options.

    Service encryption can be set to your preference. Though already encrypted (256-Bit AES) natively through the product, Altaro VM Backup can work with both options in Azure




  4. Click [Create] to complete the storage account creation

  5. Once created, locate the connection string for your account from [Settings] > [Access Keys]



    Note: Each Altaro VM Backup installation should make use of a different Azure Storage Account.





    B. Configure your new Azure Storage Account as an Offsite Backup Location


    To use your Azure Storage Account as an offsite copy location for your VMs, please proceed as follows:

    1. Open the Altaro VM Backup management console and go to [Setup] > [Backup Locations]

    2. Click Add Offsite Location:




    3. Choose the [Cloud Backup to an Azure Storage Account] option and click [Next]:




    4. Enter the Connection String generated in Section 'A' point number '5' above, then click [Test Connection] to verify you have the correct string.


    5. Once the connection test is successful, click [Finish] and the new Offsite Location will appear in your Backup Locations list as below. To change the Connection String you can click the Edit (pencil) icon.


    6. Lastly, select the VMs you wish to assign to this rotation and Drag and Drop them from the VM list on the left into the newly created Azure location, then click [Save Changes] to complete.

    7. Once done, either start an Offsite Copy manually from the [Offsite Copies] menu, or wait for your next Scheduled Offsite Copy job.