Deploying a Recovery Services Vault in the Azure portal

A Recovery Services vault is a storage entity in Azure that houses data. The data is typically copies of data, or configuration information for virtual machines (VMs), workloads, servers, or workstations. You can use Recovery Services vaults to hold backup data for various Azure services such as IaaS VMs (Linux or Windows) and Azure SQL databases. Recovery Services vaults support System Center DPM, Windows Server, Azure Backup Server, and more. Recovery Services vaults make it easy to organize your backup data, while minimizing management overhead.

Within an Azure subscription, you can create up to 500 Recovery Services vaults per subscription per region.

Log in to Azure

Log in to the Azure portal at

Click All services and in the Filter, type Recovery Services Vault, and then click Recovery Services Vault.

Select Create Recovery Services Vault

In Recovery Services vaults > Name, enter a friendly name to identify the vault.

  • The name needs to be unique for the Azure subscription.
  • It can contain 2 to 50 characters.
  • It must start with a letter, and it can contain only letters, numbers, and hyphens.

Select Subscription to see the available list of subscriptions. If you’re not sure which subscription to use, use the default (or suggested) subscription. There are multiple choices only if your work or school account is associated with multiple Azure subscriptions.

Select Resource group to see the available list of resource groups, or select New to create a new resource group.

Select Location to select the geographic region for the vault. The vault must be in the same region as the VMs that you want to back up.

Select Create.

  • It can take a while for the vault to be created.
  • Monitor the status notifications in the upper-right area of the portal.

After your vault is created, it appears in the list of Recovery Services vaults. If you don’t see your vault, select Refresh.

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