Overview - Virtual Server Agent for Microsoft Azure
You can use the Virtual Server Agent to perform the following tasks for Azure VMs:
- Back up and recover Azure virtual machines using either the Azure Classic or the Azure Resource Manager deployment model. You can restore full virtual machines or guest files and folders.
- Convert backups of Hyper-V and VMware virtual machines to Azure virtual machines (Azure Classic or Azure Resource Manager).
- Create VM Lifecycle Policies. Azure VM lifecycle policies are templates that end users can use to create and manage their own virtual machines on Web Console. This feature is available only for Azure Classic.
Commvault data protection operations are managed through the CommCell Console. Use the CommCell Console to configure a virtualization client and other entities that are used to support operations.
A virtualization client is the access point for an Azure subscription. You must define a virtualization client for each Azure subscription.
When you create a virtualization client, the Commvault software automatically creates an Azure instance, a backup set, and a default subclient that can be used to protect all virtual machines. You can create additional subclients to perform separate protection operations for different groups of virtual machines. For example, you can create a different subclient for different guest operating systems, and use the default subclient to protect any remaining virtual machines that are not covered by user-defined subclients.
You can perform full, incremental, or synthetic full backups of virtual machines. The first backup of a virtual machine is always a full backup, regardless of the selected backup type. Using changed block tracking reduces the time required to perform incremental backups.