Configuring Backups for Azure Stack Hub

You can use the configuration wizard to configure backups for Azure Stack Hub VMs. The configuration wizard guides you through the configuration process, which includes creating any new entities that are needed, such as a plan, a hypervisor, and a VM group.

Verify That Your Environment Meets the Requirements

Start the Configuration Wizard

  1. From the Command Center navigation pane, go to Protect > Virtualization.

    The Virtual machines page appears.

  2. In the upper-right area of the page, click Add hypervisor.

    The Configure Hypervisor page appears.

  3. Click Microsoft Azure Stack Hub.

  4. Click Next.

    The Add Hypervisor page of the configuration wizard appears.

Add Hypervisor

  1. For Hypervisor name, enter a descriptive name for the hypervisor.

  2. For Authentication Type, select one of the following:

    • Active Directory Federation Services

    • Azure Active Directory

  3. For Resource Manager URL, enter the website address to use to communicate with your Azure Stack environment.

  4. For Subscription ID, enter the subscription ID for your Azure account.

  5. For Tenant ID, enter the tenant ID for the Azure account.

  6. For Application ID, enter the application ID for the tenant.

  7. For Application password, enter the password for the application.

  8. If you selected Active Directory Federation Services as the authentication type, for Thumbprint, enter the thumbprint.

  9. For Access node, select the access nodes to use for the hypervisor.

  10. Click Next.

    The Add VM Group page of the configuration wizard appears.

Add VM Group

A VM group is a set of VMs that you want to back up with the same settings. By default, the VM group includes all unprotected VMs. You can modify the VM group content by using rules that auto-discover content and by selecting VMs, hosts, clusters, and datacenters.

  1. In Name, enter a descriptive name for the VM group.

  2. To create rules that auto-discover and select VMs to back up, do the following:

    1. Click Add, and then select Rules.

      The Add rule dialog box appears.

    2. From the list, select the type of rule to create, and then specify the rule:

      • Browse: Select specific VMs. (Selecting this option changes the Add rule dialog box to the Add content dialog box.)

      • Locations: Select VMs based on the location they are in.

      • Power state: Select VMs based on whether they are powered on or off.

      • Resource group: Select VMs based on the resource group they are in.

      • Storage account: Select VMs based on the storage account they are in.

      • Virtual machine name or pattern: Select VMs based on their names. For example, to select VMs that have a name that includes "east", enter Virtual machine name or pattern | Contains | east.

    3. Click Save.

  3. To select VMs in other ways, do the following:

    1. Click Add, and then select Content.

      The Add content dialog box appears.

    2. From the Browse and select VMs list, select one of the following:

      • Regions: Select an Azure region to include all VMs in the region.

      • Resource group: Select a resource group for Azure Resource Manager.

      • Storage accounts: Select a storage account to include all VMs that are in the storage account.

      • VMs: Select specific VMs.

    3. Click Save.

  4. To see the VMs that are selected for the VM group, click the Preview button.

  5. For Plan, select an existing plan or create a new plan.

    Steps to create a plan
    1. Click the add button add/plus button - gray - no border.

      The Add plan dialog box appears.

    2. In the Plan name box, enter a descriptive name for the plan.

    3. For Storage, select the storage pool where you want to store backups.

    4. For the plan settings, select pre-defined settings or create custom settings:

      • To select pre-defined settings, under Retention rules, select one of the following:

        • Select Standard retention to retain the incremental backups for 1 month.

        • Select Extended retention for optimized storage where the incremental backups of primary and secondary copies are retained for 1 month, and extended retention for monthly and yearly full backups.


          The Extended retention option is available only when the secondary copy backup is selected.

      • To create custom settings, select Custom plan, and then specify the following:

        • For Retention, specify the amount of time to retain the backups.

        • For Backups run every, specify how often to run backups.

    5. Click Done.

  6. Click Next.

    The Summary page of the configuration wizard appears.


  1. Review the summary.

  2. Click Finish.