In some cases, upload of machine disks to Microsoft Azure may take a long time. This can happen if you restore machines to a distant location and the network connection is slow. To speed up the restore process, it is recommended that you deploy an Azure proxy in the backup infrastructure.
The Azure proxy is a small auxiliary machine in Microsoft Azure over which Veeam Backup Free Edition transports VM disk data to blob storage. Veeam components installed on the Azure proxy compress and deduplicate disk data, which helps reduce network traffic and increase the speed of the restore process.
To configure an Azure proxy, you must pass through the Azure Proxy wizard. Veeam Backup Free Edition will deploy a Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 machine in Microsoft Azure and assign the role of the Azure proxy to this machine. You can then instruct Veeam Backup Free Edition to use the Azure proxy for restore tasks.
It is strongly recommended that you configure Azure proxies in the backup infrastructure. Azure proxies do not require a lot of resources and can speed up the restore process singificantly. You should configure an Azure proxy in a location to which you plan to restore machines, or close to this location. If you plan to restore machines to different locations, you should configure at least one Azure proxy in each location.
The process of Azure proxy deployment takes some time. It is recommended that you configure the Azure proxy in advance, before you start the restore process.
To configure an Azure proxy, you must switch to the full mode of Veeam Backup Free Edition. You cannot configure an Azure proxy in Veeam Backup Free Edition. For more information, see Switching Between Full and Free Functionality Modes.
Before you configure an Azure proxy, check prerequisites. Then follow the Azure Proxy wizard steps to deploy the proxy.
- Launch Azure Proxy wizard
- Specify Azure proxy name
- Specify credentials and the transport port
- Select the deployment model
- Select a subscription and location
- Select the VM size
- Select a resource group or select a cloud service
- Select a virtual network
- Start the Azure proxy configuration