How to Restore to Azure VM Using CloudBerry Backup

This post applies to CloudBerry Backup 4.9 and later.

It became possible to create image-level server backups in Cloudberry Backup long ago and this feature has been regularly updated. However, cloud restore options, that are not restricted just by the source server, are even more interesting. For instance, you can deploy the image on a third-party cloud storage, e.g. Azure VM. Let’s go to the heart of the matter.

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Prerequisites and Limitations

First of all, you should create, at least, one backup copy of the image (including system required partitions). The process is quite simple but still, I would like to provide a link to a step-by-step guide.

Then, you should sign up on Azure VM or remember your login information. You will need it for the restore.

You are limited by 1TB per disk on restore - this is Microsoft Azure limitation for Azure VMs.

Restoring the image-based backup to Azure VM

  1. Find Backup Storage tab on the Cloudberry Backup console and choose Disk Image on the left.
  2. On the right, you will see the list of available image-level backups. Right-click the required one and choose to Restore to Azure VM Instance.
  3. The Restore Wizard will be launched. The option - Restore as Azure Virtual Machine - on will be pre-selected on the Type of Data step. Click Next.
  4. Now you will need to select Azure VM account. Choose to Create in the Select Account field. A window will appear where you should enter your Windows Azure login data and click Sign in. Then you will see a dialog of OAuth service already familiar to you, enter your login\password and authorize the access.
  5. After signing in on Azure choose the required Tenant and Subscription in the Azure VM Account window.
  6. Now your existing account is entered in the Select Account section and the wizard offers to choose parameters of your future VM: resource group, size, network, etc.
  7. You can choose any disks to be restored to Azure in the Select Partitions section (but the system disk is required). Check the boxes you need. Click Next.
  8. If you had an encrypted backup, you will be prompt to enter a decryption password. If not, just skip the Encryption Options step.
  9. Then you can schedule the restore process or choose "No schedule" if you want to run it manually later.
  10. The next step is a Notification step where you can choose whether you want to have an email notification for failures only or in any case.

Once your restore completes, you can find your VM running in the Microsoft Azure console:vm-restored.png


With CloudBerry Backup 4.9 you can restore your image-level backup directly to Microsoft Azure VM. You can try CloudBerry Backup 4.9 absolutely for free! Just go ahead and download 15-days fully functional trial version of CloudBerry Backup and check if our backup solution meets your needs and requirements.

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This post was contributed by Vadim S.