As a backup admin, one of your key responsibilities is to stay on top of all critical backup incidents and ensure that these are routed to the right channels so that timely corrective action can be taken.
Azure Backup now offers a new and improved alerting solution built on Azure Monitor to aid you in this regard. With this Azure Monitor integration, you can receive built-in alerts for critical scenarios which can be managed from Azure Monitor as well as Backup center. In addition, you can route these alerts to different notification channels.
Currently, Azure Backup has made two main categories of built-in alerts available for consumption via Azure Monitor:
Refer to the documentation for more information on supported alert scenarios for each workload type.
The aforementioned built-in alerts can be consumed via the Azure portal or other clients such as Azure PowerShell, CLI and REST API.
This article details the steps to configure email notifications for backup alerts using Action Groups and Action Rules. For configuring notifications to other channels, you can refer to the Azure Monitor documentation pages.
In addition to enabling you to manage the alerts from Azure Monitor dashboard, Azure Backup also provides an alerts management experience tailored to backups via Backup center. This experience provides the following additional benefits:
Q. What will happen to the earlier backup alerts solution for Recovery services vaults?
A. For a period of time, the earlier backup alerts solution will co-exist with the newer Azure Monitor-based solution. This is meant to provide you sufficient time to familiarize yourself with the new experience. It is recommended to switch to using Action Groups for notifications as Azure Monitor integration is the forward-looking alerting and notification solution for Azure Backup.
Note that the alerts visible in Backup center are all based on the Azure Monitor-based solution. Alerts generated by the earlier solution cannot be viewed in Backup center.
Q. Do I have to pay anything to make use of built-in Azure Monitor alerts for Azure Backup?
A. The alerts are fired by default and come at no additional cost. If you choose to configure notifications (action rules) for these alerts, notifications are free up to the limits specified in the free tier. If the volume of notifications falls beyond the free tier, there is a minor cost involved for the additional notifications generated. Refer to this page to learn more about the free tier for notifications and the cost of notifications beyond the free tier.
Q. What if I want to create alerts based on custom rules, in addition to the built-in alerts?
A. The Azure Backup team is actively working on enhancements in custom alerting. Write to AskAzureBackupTeam@microsoft.com if you’d like to learn more about the roadmap and the upcoming preview programs!
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