Step 3c. Select Resources

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    In the Resources section of the Sources step of the wizard, select resources that you want to back up or to exclude from the policy:

    1. Click Select resources to protect.
    2. In the Choose resource protection options window, choose whether you want to back up all Azure resources from the regions selected at the step 3b, or only specific resources.

    If you select the All resources option, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure will regularly check for new Azure VMs launched in the selected regions and automatically update the backup policy settings to include these VMs in the backup scope.

    If you select the Protect the following resources option, you must also specify the resources explicitly:

    1. From the Resource type drop-down list, select either of the following options:
    • Subscription — to back up Azure VMs that belong to specific subscriptions.
    • Resource group — to back up Azure VMs that belong to specific resource groups.
    • Tag — to back up Azure VMs that have specific tags assigned.
    • Virtual machine — to back up only specific Azure VMs.
    1. Use the search field to the right of the Resource type list to find the necessary resource, and then click Protect to add the resource to the backup scope.

    For a resource to be displayed in the list of available resources, it must reside in an Azure region that has ever been specified in any backup policy. Otherwise, the only option to discover available resources is to click Browse to select specific source from the global list and wait for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure to populate the resource list.

    Tip

    You can simultaneously add multiple resources to the backup scope. To do that, click Browse to select specific source from the global list, select check boxes next to the necessary items in the list of available resources, and then click Protect.

    If the list does not show the resources that you want to back up, click Rescan to launch the data collection process. As soon as the process is over, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure will update the resource list.

    If you still cannot find the necessary resources in the list, make sure that the Microsoft.ManagedServices provider is registered in the subscription where the resources belong, return to step 3a and click Rescan in the Choose an Azure account from the available list window. To learn how to register a resource provider, see Microsoft Docs.

    If you add a tag to the backup scope, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure will regularly check for new Azure VMs assigned the added tag and automatically update the backup policy settings to include these VMs in the scope. However, this applies only to Azure VMs from the regions selected at step 3b. If you select a tag assigned to Azure VMs from other regions, these VMs will not be protected by the backup policy. To work around the issue, either go back to step 3b and add the missing regions, or create a new backup policy.

    1. To save changes made to the backup policy settings, click Apply.

    Tip

    As an alternative to selecting the Protect the following resources option and specifying the resources explicitly, you can select the All resources option and exclude a number of resources from the backup scope. To do that, click Select resources to exclude and specify the subscriptions, resource groups, tags or Azure VMs that you do not want to back up — the procedure is the same as described for including resources in the backup scope.

    Mind that if a resource appears both in the list of included and excluded resources, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure will still not process the resource because the list of excluded resources has a higher priority.

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