How to Download Azure VM Backups to Your Local Computer

You may come up with a question How you can download the Microsoft Azure VM Backups? or Is it possible to download Microsoft Azure VM Backup? or Does Microsoft Azure allow you to download the VM Backup data?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a native way to download the Azure VM Backup data directly from the Microsoft Azure portal or through Azure PowerShell or CLI. So, in case you are wondering how you can download the Azure VM backup data is NO you cannot (Maybe at present).

Alternate way to Download the Azure VM Backup file to local PC

When you Backup a VM or a disk in Azure using any given option, What Azure does is, creates a snapshot of given VM or disk, and then the VM or Disk data is transferred to the Recovery Services vault with no impact on production workloads as part of the backup process.

This is all an automated process that is managed by Microsoft Azure. You don’t have control over where your data reside and you will be charged by the data stored on the Recovery Services vault.

Do the manual way!

What I am proposing here is, you can follow the same Azure automated way to Backup a VM or disk manually which can be helpful and save some penny If only you have the time.

Assuming you have a VM created and successfully running. You can download the VM to your local computer using Azure Storage Explorer

Azure Storage Explorer Preview version available in Azure portal itself or you can download the desktop version either. Azure Storage Explorer is a free tool provided by Azure to download, Upload, and manage Azure blobs, files, queues, and tables, etc.,

Login to Azure web portal or open Azure Storage Explorer

How to Download Azure VM Backups to Your Local Computer

Go to the following location to download the disk of the VM.

  1. Click on your subscription and search for your VM disk in the right storage account
  2. Select the disk of the VM which you want to download
  3. Click the download button at the top to download the VM disk .vhd file to your local computer

That’s it this way you can download the VM to your local computer. Whenever needed you can directly upload it to Azure using the Azure Storage Explorer to create a VM from the uploaded disk.

Related: Microsoft Azure Rename Virtual Machine in 4 Options

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