Create a snapshot

Take a snapshot of an OS or data disk VHD for backup or to troubleshoot VM issues. A snapshot is a full, read-only copy of a VHD.

Use Azure portal to take a snapshot

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Starting in the upper left, click Create a resource and search for snapshot.
  3. In the Snapshot blade, click Create.
  4. Enter a Name for the snapshot.
  5. Select an existing Resource group or type the name for a new one.
  6. Select an Azure datacenter Location.
  7. For Source disk, select the Managed Disk to snapshot.
  8. Select the Account type to use to store the snapshot. We recommend Standard_LRS unless you need it stored on a high performing disk.
  9. Click Create.

Use PowerShell to take a snapshot

The following steps show you how to get the VHD disk to be copied, create the snapshot configurations, and take a snapshot of the disk by using the New-AzureRmSnapshot cmdlet.

Before you begin, make sure that you have the latest version of the AzureRM.Compute PowerShell module. This article requires the AzureRM module version 5.7.0 or later. Run Get-Module -ListAvailable AzureRM to find the version. If you need to upgrade, see Install Azure PowerShell module. If you are running PowerShell locally, you also need to run Connect-AzureRmAccount to create a connection with Azure.

Set some parameters.

$resourceGroupName = 'myResourceGroup' 
$location = 'eastus' 
$vmName = 'myVM'
$snapshotName = 'mySnapshot'  

Get the VM.

$vm = get-azurermvm `
  -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName `
  -Name $vmName

Create the snapshot configuration. In this example, we are going to snapshot the OS disk.

$snapshot =  New-AzureRmSnapshotConfig `
  -SourceUri $vm.StorageProfile.OsDisk.ManagedDisk.Id `
  -Location $location `
  -CreateOption copy


If you would like to store your snapshot in zone-resilient storage, you need to create it in a region that supports availability zones and include the -SkuName Standard_ZRS parameter.

Take the snapshot.

New-AzureRmSnapshot `
   -Snapshot $snapshot `
   -SnapshotName $snapshotName `
   -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName 

Next steps

Create a virtual machine from a snapshot by creating a managed disk from a snapshot and then attaching the new managed disk as the OS disk. For more information, see the Create a VM from a snapshot sample.