Azure – You can now use Azure Data Box with Azure Backup

You may already know Azure Backup, the backup solution for both on-premises and cloud based workloads hosted in Azure, and Azure Data Box, the solution to offload large amount of data from on-premises datacentres to Azure using encrypted drives.

Well, now both solution can work together, helping you to offload your large backup stored on-premises to Azure Backup using Azure Data Box.

The principles are the same as for any existing Azure Data Box scenario and are summarized in the below diagram


To start using this solution, you need to have an existing Azure Backup vault, have ordered an Azure Data Box and download and install the latest MARS (Microsoft Azure Recovery Service) agent here

You need to prepare your Azure Data Box by following the unpack documentation available here

Then you have to mount the Data Box:

psexec.exe -s -i cmd.exe

mount -o nolock \\<DeviceIPAddress>\<StorageAccountName_PageBlob X:

When asked for setting up the initial backup during the MARS configuration, you have to choose Transfer using Microsoft Azure Data Box disks


Once the transfer to the Azure Data Box disks is finished, just returned the drives to Microsoft.

Benoit Hamet
Benoit Hamet
Benoit is working on Microsoft collaborative technologies He has been awarded as MVP for more than 12 years Currently MVP on Office 365 after being awarded on SharePoint (2011-2012) and Windows client & server (2002-2007) Speaker at various Microsoft events (TechDays, TechNet seminars) and Quest Software He works on on-premises (Active Directory, RADIUS/NPS, Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, SQL, Terminal Server, Windows client and Windows Server) or online (Azure, Intune, Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Teams) technologies