Backup fortigate Firewall VM with Azure Backup (Solution)

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The documentation is simple and it is based on screenshots (step by step)

Unfortunately, Azure Backup does not allow backup of a Fortigate VM (or most appliances in the Azure Marketplace).
Only Azure approved distributions are supported:


Example of the error obtained when you launch the backup of a fortigate VM?


{"code":"DeploymentFailed","message":"At least one resource deployment operation failed. Please list deployment operations for details. Please see for usage details.","details":[{"code":"Conflict","message":"{\r\n \"status\": \"Failed\",\r\n \"error\": {\r\n \"code\": \"ResourceDeploymentFailure\",\r\n \"message\": \"The resource operation completed with terminal provisioning state 'Failed'.\",\r\n \"details\": [\r\n {\r\n \"code\": \"UserErrorUnSupportedDistribution\",\r\n \"message\": \"Unsupported OS version for virtual machine backup.\"\r\n }\r\n ]\r\n }\r\n}"}]}


---> The agent cannot install correctly in the Fortigate VM

A solution ?

----> through snapshots in Azure Backup.


We can make a small LAB that already contains the configured Fortigate VM.





1- Create a Recovery Service Vault





Go to  'RSV'  --->  Backup Center 




Then, Click on VAULT



You must choose, Backup Vault 




you have to choose the necessary parameters : 



The next step is to create the Policy, 



You muste choose the Datasource type : Azure Disks and the right Vault type also. 



Here, you configure the policy as you need. (Choose the right parameters)



Here, you choose the configuration according to your need.



2- Now we need to add the necessary permissions

- Permission on the disks of the VM fortigate


Go to the disks of the VM fortigate and follow the screenshots : 


Click “Add role assignment”, then “disk backup reader” role.




Give the role to the Vault. 



the documentation is not complete due to an error, I will re-upload it


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