Performing File-Level Recovery

In case a disaster strikes, you can recover corrupted or missing files of an Azure VM from a cloud-native snapshot or image-level backup. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure allows you to download the necessary files and folders to a local machine, or restore the files and folders of the source Azure VM to the original location, using the File-level recovery browser.


Consider the following:

  • File-level recovery is supported from FAT, FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3, ext4, XFS, Btrfs file systems only. For Microsoft Windows systems, file-level recovery is supported for basic volumes only.

If you want to recover files from file systems that are not supported by Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure, you can add a backup repository that contains backups of Azure VMs to the backup infrastructure as an external repository, and perform the file-level recovery operation as described in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

  • File-level recovery to the original location is supported only for Windows-based Azure VMs running Windows Server version 2016 (or later) and Windows version 10 (or later).
  • File-level recovery of Azure VMs with the Azure Disk Encryption option enabled is not supported in the current Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure version.

To recover files and folders of a protected Azure VM, do the following:

  1. Launch the File-Level Recovery wizard.
  2. Select a restore point.
  3. Configure restore settings.
  4. Specify a restore reason.
  5. Finish working with the wizard — start a recovery session.
  6. Choose files and folders to recover.
  7. Stop the recovery session.


To recover files and folders of an Azure VM from a backup that is stored in an archive backup repository, you must retrieve the archived data manually before you begin the file-level recovery operation. To learn how to do that, see Retrieving Data from Archive.