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Enable Azure Backup for Existing File Shares using ARM Templates

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In this article, I will share with you how to enable and configure Azure Backup protection for existing Azure File Shares using ARM templates.


One of the great features of Azure Files and Azure File Sync is the integration with the Azure Backup service. Azure Backup is an Azure-based service that you can use to back up (or protect) and restore your data in the Microsoft cloud. Azure Backup replaces your existing on-premises and off-site backup solution with a cloud-based solution that is reliable, secure, and cost-competitive. For nearly every Azure File and Azure File Sync deployment that I work on, I’ve seen that Azure Backup is considered as a requirement to provide an additional layer of security and protection.

To learn more on how Azure Backup integrates with Azure Files (Sync), please check the following articles:

On August 7, 2020, the Azure Backup team has simplified the experience of configuring backup for Azure file shares by giving users the ability to seamlessly enable backup in two simple steps from the Azure file share blade directly. With the integration of Azure Backup into the file share management blade, you can now perform the backup and restore related operations directly from the file share blade.

The Azure Backup team took this further and released a new ARM Template that you can leverage to enable and configure Azure Backup for existing Azure file shares, so you can seamlessly now augment your automation tool to include this template as part of your (CI/CD) pipeline to enable protection for existing file shares.

Protect existing Azure file shares

To protect and configure Azure Backup protection for existing Azure file shares, you need to click on the “Deploy to Azure” button and follow the steps as shown in the video below.

Deploy To Azure

That’s it there you have it!

If you have any feedback or changes that everyone should receive, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.


In this article, I showed you how to enable and configure Azure Backup protection for existing Azure File Shares using ARM templates.

By integrating Azure Backup with Azure File Sync, you will save a lot of storage management and reduce operational and licensing costs.

I hope you find this quick guide useful.

Thank you for reading my blog.

If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment.

-Charbel Nemnom-

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Charbel Nemnom
Charbel Nemnom is a Senior Cloud Architect, Swiss Certified ICT Security Expert, Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He has over 20 years of broad IT experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize the performance of mission-critical enterprise systems with extensive practical knowledge of complex systems build, network design, business continuity, and cloud security.

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