Improve Azure VM backup and restore performance

If you are running virtual machines (VMs) in Azure, you should be using Azure Recovery Services (ARS) to back them up. This blog, which runs WordPress on an Ubuntu Server VM, has been using Azure backup since 2016. It’s saved my butt multiple times. It costs about $5/month/VM I think, which is well worth the peace of mind. I’ve only had one issue with Azure backup in over two years and that was quickly resolved by reinstalling the Azure VM agent.

Azure backup performance improvement
Azure backup performance improvement (click to enlarge)

That’s quite a performance gain for about five minutes’ work! I highly recommend you check all your Azure recovery vaults with a quick Get-AzProviderFeature -FeatureName "InstantBackupandRecovery" -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.RecoveryServices.

It’ll be worth it.


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