Getting Started With Azure Cosmos DB Backups


Getting started with backing up and restoring Azure Cosmos DB databases includes completing the database application setup wizard, configuring an access node, creating a cloud database instance, and then performing a backup and a restore operation.

Step 1: Obtain Your User Credentials to Access the Command Center

Obtain the following information from your administrator:

  • The Command Center URL

  • Your Command Center user credentials

If the Command Center is not set up in your CommCell environment, contact your administrator to deploy the Command Center. For more information, see Quick Start Guide.

Step 2: Log On to the Command Center

Accessing the Command Center by using the URL and user account credentials that you obtained from the administrator.

Step 3: Complete the Databases Setup Wizard

Configure the Database application by completing the Databases Setup Wizard.

The setup wizard allows you to add a backup server plan. The plan defines how often the software backs up the database and the log files, and where it stores the backups. You can add the default server plan that was created during the core setup or create a new plan.

Note: To create a new plan, you need the plan creator role assigned to your user account.

Step 4: Configure an Access Node

Add a Windows or Linux file server with the Virtual Server agent and Cloud Apps packages installed. For more information, see Adding an Additional Server.

You can use one of the following platforms for the access node client:

  • Windows Server 2019

  • Windows Server 2016

  • Windows Server 2012

  • Linux Centos 7

  • RHEL 7

Step 5: Create a Cloud Database Instance for Azure Cosmos DB

Create a new cloud database instance for Azure Cosmos DB using a new cloud account.

For more information, see Creating a Cosmos DB Instance Using a New Azure Cloud Account.

Step 6: Perform Your First Backup and Restore

The first full backup is automatically scheduled based on the assigned plan.

After the backup operation is complete, perform a restore.