Using Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure

To demonstrate restoring to Azure, we take a backup file that’s uploaded before and restore it after the initial configuration with Veeam direct restore to Microsoft Azure. Restoring a backup of a desktop as a Virtual Machine into Microsoft Azure you can do the following.

After connecting through RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to the Virtual Machine, you can start the feature with the icon on the desktop. You will receive the theme recovery appliance for Microsoft Azure window. You will notice a few options: Restore, Advanced mode, Configuration and How To.

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Configuration only has to be done the first time and anytime you want to switch or add a subscription. In the initial configuration wizard press “Next” on the welcome page. On the license agreement page select “I accept the terms in the license agreement” and press “Next”. On the subscription page you’re going to need to add your publish settings file as you can see there is a URL on that page that will guide you to it where you can retrieve the specific file. Press on that URL.

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You will be guided to a log in screen where you have to “Sign in” with the credentials for your specific subscription. After signing in a download will be initiated for that publish settings file. Save it somewhere on the Virtual Machine.

Now go back to the wizard and browse to select the downloaded file and then press “Next”. On the summary page press “Finish” to enter the initial configuration.


Press the “Restore” button. On the select backup file to restore window, select the file that you uploaded before. The backup file will be read to see what the contents are. After that select the Virtual Machine (“VM name”) you want to restore and press the “Restore” button.

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A new wizard will open to allow you to choose all the necessary configuration for the Virtual Machine you’re going to deploy in Microsoft Azure.

First you will notice your “Subscription” that you added through the published settings file.

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Second you will need to choose the azure data center location where you want to deploy it. On the next page you can choose the Virtual Machine size (“VM size”). By pressing “Edit” you will be able to select the correct size for your Virtual Machine depending on the configuration you had before. You can also select a specific storage account if you have multiple accounts. If necessary you can exclude (“Exclusions”) discs of this Virtual Machine if it would have had multiple disks attached.

On the “Cloud Service” page you can make a change to the original name including the possibility to add a Prefix or Suffix, and you also need to choose in which cloud service you’re going to deploy this Virtual Machine or even create a completely new cloud service.

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Note the “Endpoint” board that you need to make a decision on to be sure you can RDP to the Virtual Machines afterwards. Also note that automatically we provide you with the link you need to RDP to the Virtual Machine after restore.

On the “Network” page you can choose to which network you want to connect the Virtual Machine, this will be a configured network already existing in your Azure subscription. On the “Reasons” page provide a reason and press next. Finally review your selections and go back to the wizard if necessary or continue to start the restore.

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When the restore is done and successful you can close the wizard and get back to the feature. Now let’s have a look at Azure subscription where you can see your Virtual Machine running.

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When you go to “All Items” you can see your Virtual Machine running. By clicking on your Virtual Machine you can see the activity in “DASHBOARD”. You can also see more information such as the public IP in case you need it. You can use that information to connect to the desktop that you just restored.

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