Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure 1.0
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How Backup Works

With Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure, you can create the following types of snapshots and backups:

  • Snapshots of managed and unmanaged VHDs of Microsoft Azure VMs including the configuration of a VM.
  • Backups of managed and unmanaged VHDs of Microsoft Azure VMs including the configuration of a VM.

For more information about managed and unmanaged VHDs in Microsoft Azure, see this Microsoft article.

When you run a backup policy, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure does the following:

  1. Retrieves the configuration and VHDs of each Microsoft Azure VM.
  2. Creates and saves snapshots and backups of VHDs of Microsoft Azure VMs according to the following:
  • Snapshots of managed VHDs are saved to the resource group of the source VM via the Azure Compute API and the configuration of each VM is saved to the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure configuration database.
  • Snapshots of unmanaged VHDs are saved to the Microsoft Azure storage account of the source unmanaged VHD via the Blob Service REST API and Veeam VM Backup API; the configuration of each VM is saved to the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure configuration database.
  • Backups of both the managed and the unmanaged VHDs are saved to the backup repository as blob via the Blob Service REST API and Veeam VM Backup API; the configuration of each VM is saved to the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure configuration database.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure encrypts and compresses data that you back up to backup repositories. To encrypt and compress data, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure uses workers responsible for processing each given VM.

How Backup Works

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