Enable Standby Image to Azure

Devices cannot be added to a Standby Image plan if already assigned to a Recovery Testing plan.

Devices can be assigned to multiple Standby Image plans at once, i.e. Standby Image to Hyper-V and Standby Image to Azure.

From Main Dashboard

To enable Standby Image to Azure on a device from the Management Console's main Dashboard, this must be done from the Beta Dashboard only, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to the Management Console under a SuperUser or Manager account
  2. Select the device(s) you wish to assign a plan to using the checkboxes to the left of the device name
  3. From the Beta Dashboard, click Add to recovery plan from the Toolbar

  4. Select Standby Image (Azure)

  5. Select the customer the device(s) you wish to apply the Standby Image plan belong to
  6. Choose the recovery location as was configured in Add Recovery Locations

    If the selected customer does not have any locations, you must add one before continuing by selecting Add recovery location. See Add Recovery Locations for full details of adding a location.

    It is not possible to assign a location for which the Host availability is "Offline"

  7. Click Next
  8. Confirm the device selected from the Dashboard is compatible and click Next

  9.  Enter the security code/encryption key or passphrase for the device(s). This can be either:
    • Private encryption key - Created by yourself when installing Backup Manager on the device. If you have lost the encryption key/security code for the device, you will need to Convert devices to passphrase-based encryption
    • Passphrase encryption - These are generated on demand for automatically installed devices. You can find information on this here
  10. Click Next to continue
  11. Choose the boot frequency:
    • Every recovery session
    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Biweekly
    • Monthly

  12. If you wish to skip all data drives, enable Restore OS disk only

    Enabling Restore OS disk only will help to speed up restores as the only thing being restored is the Operating System

  13. Click Next
  14. Connect to Microsoft Azure by either:
    1. Allow permissions to the Azure user account to consent for apps access,


    1. Login using Application Administrator access

      Ensure you have at minimum Reader role access to the subscription containing the Recovery Location VM

    2. Accept the required permissions

  15. If you do not see the authentication page, make sure your browser is not blocking pop-up windows.

  16. Once connected, click Next

  17. Click Azure VM settings towards the right-hand side of the screen to open the settings configuration window:

  18. Configure the Azure VM Settings:

    • Subscription

      This cannot be changed as the subscription is set in the Recovery Location configuration

    • Resource Group
    • Virtual Machine name
    • Region

      This cannot be changed as the subscription is set in the Recovery Location configuration

    • Availability options
    • VM size

      If the VM size selected exceeds the size limit set within the Subscription, a warning will be displayed and you cannot proceed. You must either increase the regional vCPU quota on the Subscription, or decrease the VM size selected in the Azure VM Settings.

    • OS disk type
    • Data disk(s) type
    • Virtual Network
    • Subnet
    • Assign NSG and public IP

    During the boot test process, certain softwares on your virtual machine (VM) may communicate with vendor servers, initiating a check for updates or license validation. This could be interpreted as a new software license, leading to unexpected charges. To avoid these extra costs, we recommend blocking internet access for your target VMs in Azure. You must ensure the target VM still retains access to Azure storage as Cove will need this to process syslog to verify boot test results.

  19. Click Next to progress to the Report window to enter one or more email addresses to receive a report when recovery has completed (separate multiple email addresses using a comma or semi-colon)

    If you do not want to add an email address to receive reports, click Skip this step

  20. Confirm assigning the plan to the device(s)
  21. Wait for the plan to be assigned until you see a confirmation banner on the page

  22. Click Finish

From Device Properties

As with any normal device, when you click on the device name, you will see the Device Properties dialogue. If no plan is assigned to a compatible device, the Settings tab will display an option to add the device to plan.

  1. Click the Device name from the Backup Dashboard
  2. Navigate to the Settings tab
  3. In the Recovery section, select Add to Standby Image (Azure)

  4. You will now be taken to the add devices to recovery plan wizard. Follow the steps from select the recovery location from the dropdown or add a new Azure recovery location

You can also add Recovery testing report recipient email addresses via the devices Settings tab, when the plan is already in place, along with changing the recovery format and the settings for the selected format.

From Standby Image Overview

  1. Log in to the Management Console under a SuperUser or Manager account
  2. Navigate to Continuity > Standby Image
  3. Click Add to Plan
  4. Select Standby Image (Azure)

  5. You will now be taken to the Add device to plan wizard. Follow the steps to enable the Standby Image to Azure Plan starting at step #5 by confirming the Customer selected is correct where you can now follow the above instructions to add the device to the plan

Recovery Report

Where the plan has report recipient email address(es) configured, once the test has completed those recipients will receive the report in their email in-box. Below is an example of a successful test email: