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Backup Fileshare

Hello,

I would like to know the best practice to perform hourly backup of a file share. Today I see that I am able to schedule only once a day, but I would like to do that more often

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LeonLaude answered ·

Hi,

There are only a few best practices which you'll find over here:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-afs#best-practices

General backup best practices is to backup frequently and regularly, and consider the backup retention.

When you say file share, I assume you mean Azure File Share? There are the following limitations on backup scheduling:

  • You can back up Windows Server or Windows machines up to three times a day. You can set the scheduling policy to daily or weekly schedules.

  • You can back up DPM up to twice a day. You can set the scheduling policy to daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly

  • You back up Azure VMs once a day.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-backup-faq


Best regards,
Leon




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FilipedeCastroArenda-9571 answered ·

Hi Leon,

Exactly, I mean Azure File Share.
Today I make use of the only scheduling that the portal makes available to me, which is once a day, but my application makes great movements within Storage, so it is necessary to perform backup more times a day.

I am aware of VM backups, but they do not include the existing data within File share, correct?

So how can I be performing these backups with Azure File Share more than once a day?

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The on-demand backups per day is limited to 4, while the scheduled backups per day is limited to 1.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/azure-file-share-support-matrix#backup-limits

There's a feedback suggestion for implementing more over at the Azure Storage uservoice:
https://feedback.azure.com/forums/217298-storage/suggestions/38512693-configure-more-than-once-daily-scheduled-backups-o

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Is there any powershell scripting solution to be implemented in the automation account that takes automatic snapshots?

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Not sure what you're seeking, but it is possible to perform most if not all Azure Portal tasks with PowerShell.

Back up an Azure file share by using PowerShell
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-afs-automation

Manage Azure file share backups with PowerShell
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/manage-afs-powershell

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