58126: Acronis Backup Cloud and Acronis Backup 12: Backing Up Azure File Shares

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  1. On your Microsoft Azure virtual machine, create a symbolic link to the Azure share:
    1. Open Notepad and create a document with this content:
      net use * /delete /yes
      net use \\<account.file.core.windows.net\share> /u:<Azure account> <storage account access key>
      rmdir "C:\backups"
      mklink /d "C:\backups" \\account.file.core.windows.net\share
      where <account.file.core.windows.net\share> is your Azure file share, <Azure account> is your Azure account and <storage account access key> is the access key (password) to this account. “C:\backups” is the path on local drive the share will be linked to (you can keep it as-is).
      You can copy the net use line from your file share settings in Azure portal:
    2. Save the file as a .bat file.
  2. Add this script to computer startup scripts:
    1. Open Local Group Policy Editor: Start -> Search -> gpedit.msc.
    2. Navigate to Local Group Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Scripts (Startup/Shutdown).
    3. Double-click on Startup.
    4. Choose Add:
    5. Click Browse and select the script created in the previous step.
    6. Save changes and reboot the computer. Now your Azure file share will be linked to the folder you have specified in the script (C:\Backups in this example) and thus can be accessed by this path.
  3. Access to the symbolic link is limited to Local System, therefore you need to change Acronis Managed Machine Service user to Local System:
    1. Open Windows Services: Start -> Search -> services.msc.
    2. Locate Acronis Managed Machine Service.
    3. Right-click the service and select to log on as Local System account on the Log On tab:
    4. Restart the service.
  4. Create a backup plan and select Files/folders in What to back up; then specify your symlink (C:\Backups in this example) in Items to back up:

Now you can back up your Azure file share.

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