To back up a Windows Azure or Amazon EC2 virtual machine, install a backup agent on the machine. The backup and recovery operations are the same as with a physical machine. The machine is counted as virtual when you set quotas for the number of machines.
The difference from a physical machine is that Windows Azure and Amazon EC2 virtual machines cannot be booted from bootable media. If you need to recover to a new Windows Azure or Amazon EC2 virtual machine, follow the procedure below.
To recover a machine as a Windows Azure or Amazon EC2 virtual machine
- Create a new virtual machine from an image/template in Windows Azure or Amazon EC2. The new machine must have the same disk configuration as the machine that you want to recover.
- Install Agent for Windows or Agent for Linux on the new machine.
- Recover the backed-up machine as described in "Recovery of Physical Machines with the Backup Management Web Interface". When configuring the recovery, select the new machine as the target machine.