Azure Backup Center – Report on and Optimize your Backup environment.

Hello folks,

In the first post in this series, we explored the overall capabilities

ABC is the one single place for all simplified backup needs.  As mentioned before, everything in one interface one place to discover and configure, to operate and to govern.  This is all well and good, however you still need to report your statuses so you can effectively:

  • Allocating and forecasting of cloud consumed.
  • Auditing of backups and restores.
  • Identifying key trends at various levels of granularity.

Therefore, in this final post we will review and dig into the optimization of those resources and capabilities. Like everything else in Azure, to analyze and report on resource usage, you need to link your operation to an Logs workspace (formally Azure Log Analytics).  The location and subscription where this Log Analytics workspace can be created is independent of the location and subscription where your vaults exist.

In ABC we view the integrated Backup reports from the vaults.

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You'll first need to configure your vaults to use an Logs workspace in the vault's diagnostic settings.

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When configuring the vault's diagnostics settings, you need to specify the logs you want to collect.  You can pick from the list in the UI.  (Remember that the data you ingest in Logs Analytics Workspace does come at a cost in the workspace.)

You'll also need to ensure that you select “Resource specific” in the destination table field to send vault diagnostics data to dedicated Log Analytics tables for backup.  Resource specific tables are individual tables in the selected workspace for each category selected in the diagnostic setting.  This is recommended because it makes it much easier to work with the data in log queries, it provides better discoverability of schemas and their structure, improves performance across both ingestion latency and query times, and the ability to grant Azure RBAC rights on a specific table.

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The reports will give you all the info you need regarding:

  • Backup Instances
  • Usage
  • Jobs
  • Policies
  • Optimize
  • Policy Adherence

Having access to all this telemetry enables you to make decisions regarding strategy, allocation and forecasting of cloud consumed by your backups.

The point here, is that Azure Backup Center centralizes the access to those reports to your tasks of managing your protection strategy.

  • Learn more and get started with Backup center.
  • Tell us how we can improve Azure Backup by contributing new ideas and voting up existing ones in the Azure Backup feedback forum.

I really hope this series was valuable for you and that Azure Backup Center is on your list of services to investigate.



This article was originally published by Microsoft's PowerShell Community. You can find the original article here.