Restoring with the Azure Backup Agent

This blog post shows how to restore data from a backup vault. To restore data, you use the Recover Data wizard in the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) Agent.

You can:

  • Restore data to the same machine from which the backups were taken.
  • Restore data to an alternate machine.

Use the Instant Restore feature to mount a writeable recovery point snapshot as a recovery volume. You can then explore the recovery volume and copy files to a local computer, thereby selectively restoring files.

Use Instant Restore with Recovery Services vaults in the Azure portal. If you stored data in Backup vaults, they have been converted to Recovery Services vaults. If you want to use Instant Restore, download the MARS update, and follow the procedures that mention Instant Restore.

Use Instant Restore to recover data to the same machine

If you accidentally deleted a file and want to restore it to the same machine (from which the backup is taken), the following steps will help you recover the data.

Open the Microsoft Azure Backup snap-in. If you don’t know where the snap-in was installed, search the computer or server for Microsoft Azure Backup.

The desktop app should appear in the search results.

Select Recover Data to start the wizard.

On the Getting Started page, to restore the data to the same server or computer, select This server (

On the Select Recovery Mode page, choose Individual files and folders > Next.

On the Select Volume and Date page, select the volume that contains the files and folders you want to restore.

On the calendar, select a recovery point. Dates in bold indicate the availability of at least one recovery point. If multiple recovery points are available within a single date, choose the specific recovery point from the Time drop-down menu.

After choosing the recovery point to restore, select Mount.

Azure Backup mounts the local recovery point, and uses it as a recovery volume.

On the Browse and Recover Files page, select Browse to open Windows Explorer and find the files and folders you want.

In Windows Explorer, copy the files and folders you want to restore, and paste them to any location local to the server or computer. You can open or stream the files directly from the recovery volume, and verify that you are recovering the correct versions.

When you are finished, on the Browse and Recover Files page, select Unmount.

Then select Yes to confirm that you want to unmount the volume.

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