Previously when you had to restore an Azure Virtual Machine you had to fully restore the VM by creating a new VM.

Now you can restore the VM by replacing it by overwriting the existing/being restored one.

Off course to be able to do this you need to have a recovery vault in place and have the VM being backed up at least once Smile

If you need to restore a VM using this new method, access your Azure portal and reach out the virtual machine you need to restore to access the Operations\Backup configuration blade and then choose Restore VM

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From there you first select the recovery point to use for the recovery process

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And finally at the Step 2 Restore configuration step you need to select the Replace existing option and define a staging location which will be used to temporarily save the current VM while the restoration process occurs.

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NOTE 1 this snapshot is copied and maintained in the recovery vault for the retention period defined by the retention policy

NOTE 2 this ‘Replace existing’ recovery option is currently only available for unencrypted managed VM’s. This is not available for generalized or custom image based VM’s.

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