Performing Entire VM Restore

In case a disaster strikes, you can restore an entire Azure VM from a cloud-native snapshot or image-level backup. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure allows you to restore one or more Azure VMs at a time, to the original location or to a new location.

How VM Restore Works

To restore an Azure VM from a cloud-native snapshot, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure uses native Microsoft Azure capabilities. To restore an Azure VM from an image-level backup, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure performs the following steps:

  1. [This step applies only if you perform restore from an archived backup] Retrieves data from the archived restore point.
  2. [This step applies only if you perform restore to the original location] Creates a staging resource group where virtual disks of the restored Azure VM will be created, and assigns the Veeam backup appliance ID tag to the group. The tag value is the ID of Azure VM running the backup appliance.
  3. Creates empty virtual disks. The number of empty virtual disks equals the number of virtual disks attached to the source Azure VM.
  4. Launches a worker instance in the Azure region where the restored Azure VM will reside, and then attaches empty virtual disks to the worker instance.
  5. Restores backed-up data to the empty virtual disks on the worker instance.
  6. Detaches the virtual disks with the restored data from the worker instance.
  7. Deallocates the worker instance.
  8. [This step applies only if you perform restore to the original location] Removes the source Azure VM and the source disks from the Microsoft Azure infrastructure.
  9. [This step applies only if you perform restore to the original location] Moves the virtual disks from the staging resource group to the original resource group of the source Azure VM.
  10. Creates an Azure VM in the specified location.
  11. Attaches the created virtual disks with the restored data to the Azure VM.
  12. [This step applies only if you perform restore to the original location] Removes the staging resource group.

Before You Begin

To restore an Azure VM from a backup that is stored in an archive repository, you must retrieve the archived data first. You can either retrieve the archived data manually before you begin the restore operation, or launch the data retrieval process right from the restore wizard. To learn how to retrieve data manually, see Retrieving Data From Archive.

How to Perform VM Restore

To restore an Azure VM, do the following:

  1. Launch the Restore Virtual Machines wizard.
  2. Select a restore point.
  3. Select an Azure account.
  4. Choose a restore mode.
  5. Specify data retrieval settings.
  6. Specify Azure VM settings.
  7. Specify disk names.
  8. Configure network settings.
  9. Specify a restore reason.
  10. Finish working with the wizard.