Managing Azure Proxies

Microsoft Azure proxies help speed up the restore process especially if you restore workloads to a distant location or the network connection is slow. The Azure proxy is a small auxiliary machine in Microsoft Azure over which Veeam Backup & Replication transports VM disk data to Blob storage. Veeam components installed on the Azure proxy compress and deduplicate disk data, which helps reduce network traffic.

Although Azure proxies are optional, we recommend you to configure them as Azure proxies do not require a lot of resources but can significantly improve restore performance. Configure an Azure proxy in a location to which you plan to restore workloads or close to this location. If you plan to restore workloads to different locations, configure at least one Azure proxy in each location.

The process of Azure proxy deployment takes some time. We recommend you to configure the Azure proxy in advance, before you start the restore process. To configure an Azure proxy, use the Azure Proxy wizard as described in Configuring Azure Proxies. Veeam Backup & Replication will deploy a Microsoft Windows Server machine in Microsoft Azure and will assign the role of the Azure proxy to this machine. You can then instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to use the Azure proxy for restore tasks.

The Azure proxy is persistent. After the restore process finishes, the Azure proxy gets powered off and remains in Microsoft Azure. The Azure proxy remains in the powered off state until a new restore process is started. Note that Microsoft Azure will bill you for storing Azure proxy disks in the storage account. To remove an Azure Proxy, follow the instruction provided in Removing Azure Proxies.

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