Windows Server 2019 and Windows Admin Center are great products for hybrid scenario. These products together enable to configure Azure Site Recovery, Azure Virtual Network or, in our case Azure Backup. In this topic, we’ll see how to backup an on-prem machine (physical or virtual) to Azure Backup.

Register Windows Admin Center to Azure tenant

Navigate to Windows Admin Center settings and click on Azure. Make sure that Windows Admin Center in registered in Azure. If you don’t know how to register Windows Admin Center in Azure, follow this topic.

Register Windows Admin Center to Azure tenant

Configure Azure Backup

Open a computer configuration and navigate to Backup. Click on Set up Azure Backup.

Configure Azure Backup

Specify a subscription and a location. If you don’t have provisioned a Recovery Vault, the wizard will do it for you.

Azure Backup

Choose what you want to backup and the scheduling.

Backup Items

Finally, provide an encryption passphrase.

encryption passphrase

After that, the wizard will do the following for you:

  1. Create a resource group in Azure (if it doesn’t exist)
  2. Create a recovery vault in Azure (if it doesn’t exist)
  3. Install the Azure Backup Agent on the computer
  4. Start a backup job

Azure Backup

Once the wizard has finished, you can log on Azure portal and look for WACResourceGroup.

Microsoft Azure

In the resource group, a recovery vault has been created. In my case, its name is WACVault1.

WACVault1

If you look for backup item, you should get an Azure Backup Agent. For this example, I’ve just set a backup for the system state on the computer VMRDS01.SeromIT.local.

Azure Backup Agent

From Windows Admin Center, we can see that a job backup is in progress:

Backup Process

After the job is finished, you should get a Completed status in the Azure Portal.

Azure Portal

In Windows Admin Center, you should get something like the following screenshot. It indicates that a recovery point is available.

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Recover Data

To recover data, you juste have to move to Recovery Points tab:

Recover Data

Select the recovery point you want and click on Recover Data. Currently, when you click on this button Windows Admin Center explains you how to run this process. I hope in the future that Windows Admin Center will be able to run recovery.

Recover Data Azure Backup

So, I followed the above instructions and I run recovery from Microsoft Azure Backup Application installed on the On-Prem server.

Recover data Wizard

Then I choose to restore System State.

System State

Next choose the recovery point and click on Next.

Recover Data Wizard Volume and Data

System State is restored as a file. So, you have to specify a folder for the System State files.

Select System Recovery Mode

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Click on recover to restore the System State.

Confirmation

Recovery Progress

Conclusion

Windows Admin Center and Azure Backup provides an easy way to protect your On-Prem workloads. However, currently Windows Admin Center is not able to recover data directly from its interface. You have to use the legacy console. But the Azure Backup extension is in preview, so I hope they will add this feature.

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Romain Serre
Romain Serre
Senior consultant at Exakis
Romain Serre works in Lyon as a Senior Consultant. He is focused on Microsoft Technology, especially on Hyper-V, System Center, Storage, networking and Cloud OS technology as Microsoft Azure or Azure Stack. He is a MVP and he is certified Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE Server Infrastructure & Private Cloud), on Hyper-V and on Microsoft Azure (Implementing a Microsoft Azure Solution).