Azure Backup receives alerting and monitoring preview

Laurent Giret

Azure Backup, Microsoft’s backup-as-a-service solution that companies can use to protect data on-premises and in the cloud is getting new alerting and monitoring capabilities. The new feature is currently in preview, and Microsoft explained in a post on the Azure blog that it was the top-voted idea on the Azure backup UserVoice website.

In this preview release, customers will be able to use a single dashboard to monitor cloud backups for their on-premises servers and Azure IaaS virtual machines and also set email notifications for backup alerts. To test the new feature, Azure backup customers will first have to enroll their subscription for the preview release by following these steps:

  1.  Login to your Azure account from Windows PowerShell. PS C:> Login-AzureRmAccount
  2. Select the subscription which you want to register for preview
    PS C:>Get-AzureRmSubscription –SubscriptionName “Subscription Name”| Select-AzureRmSubscription
  3. Register this subscription for alerting preview
    PS C:>Register-AzureRmProviderFeature -FeatureName MABAlertingFeature –ProviderNamespace Microsoft.RecoveryServices

If you’re already using the recently introduced Recovery Services Vault, Microsoft explains that you will first have to update to the latest Azure backup agent to access the alerting and monitoring features. Additionally, the company has uploaded the following videos to help you get started:

If you already use Azure Backup to secure your data, do you think this new alerting and monitoring feature makes it a more seamless portal experience? Let us know what you think in the comments below.