Recover data in Azure Stack with the Infrastructure Backup Service

Applies to: Azure Stack integrated systems and Azure Stack Development Kit

You can back up and restore configuration and service data using the Azure Stack Infrastructure Backup Service. Each Azure Stack installation contains an instance of the service. You can use backups created by the service for the redeployment of the Azure Stack cloud to restore identity, security, and Azure Resource Manager data.

Enable backup when you're ready to put your cloud into production. Don't enable backup if you plan to perform testing and validation for a long period of time.

Before you enable your backup service, make sure you have the requirements in place.


The Infrastructure Backup Service doesn't include user data and apps. For more info on how to protect IaaS VM-based apps, see protect VMs deployed on Azure Stack. For a comprehensive understanding of how to protect apps on Azure Stack, see the Azure Stack considerations for business continuity and disaster recovery whitepaper.

The Infrastructure Backup Service

The service contains the following features:

Feature Description
Backup Infrastructure Services Coordinate backup across a subset of infrastructure services in Azure Stack. If there's a disaster, the data can be restored as part of redeployment.
Compression and encryption of exported backup data Backup data is compressed and encrypted by the system before it's exported to the external storage location provided by the admin.
Backup job monitoring System notifies you when backup jobs fail and how to fix the problem.
Backup management experience Backup RP supports enabling backup.
Cloud recovery If there's a catastrophic data loss, backups can be used to restore core Azure Stack info as part of deployment.

Verify requirements for the Infrastructure Backup Service

  • Storage location
    You need a file share accessible from Azure Stack that can contain seven backups. Each backup is about 10 GB. Your share should be able to store 140 GB of backups. For more info on selecting a storage location for the Infrastructure Backup Service, see Backup Controller requirements.
  • Credentials
    You need a domain user account and credentials. For example, you can use your Azure Stack admin credentials.
  • Encryption certificate
    Backup files are encrypted using the public key in the certificate. Make sure to store this certificate in a secure location.

Next steps

Learn how to Enable Backup for Azure Stack from the administrator portal.

Learn how to Enable Backup for Azure Stack with PowerShell.

Learn how to Back up Azure Stack.

Learn how to Recover from catastrophic data loss.