Once you’ve setup Azure Backup to protect your Azure Virtual Machine (see this guide for more info), the process to restore it is quite simple. I recommend running test restores on a regular schedule to make sure it’s working correctly.

To restore an instance of your Azure Virtual Machine follow this quick guide.

  1. Log into https://manage.windowsazure.com
  2. In the left side menu, select “Recovery Services” Restore Azure Virtual Machine from Azure Backup
  3. Click to open the backup vault you created for the virtual machine.
  4. Click the “Protected items” tab across the top. Open Protected Items Under Azure Recovery Services
  5. Click “Restore” down the bottom to restore the selected virtual machine.Restoring Azure Virtual Machine Under Azure Recovery Services
  6. Select a recovery point and click next.
  7. Fill out the restore instance details. You will need to give it a unique name, but make sure you select the appropriate cloud service, storage account, and virtual network if you’re following this in a disaster recovery scenario.Choose Azure Virtual Machine Restore Instance
  8. Click the tick in the bottom right to start the restore process
  9. Once the restore is completed you can download the new RDP connect file and test.

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