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Question 62

You manage an Azure Windows Server virtual machine (VM) that hosts several SQL Server databases.

You need to configure backup and retention policies for the VM. The backup policy must include transaction log backups.

What should you do?

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You should configure a SQL Server in Azure VM backup policy from the Recovery Services Azure portal blade. The Azure Recovery Services vault has three default policy templates:

* Azure Virtual Machine

* Azure File Share

* SQL Server in Azure VM

Because you need to back up both the SQL Server databases as well as transaction logs, you should create a SQL Server in Azure VM backup policy. These policies also enable you to specify backup retention durations at the daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly scopes.

You should not configure point-in-time and long-term retention policies from the SQL Servers Azure portal blade. These backup and retention policies are available for the Azure SQL Database platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, and not for Azure virtual machines hosting SQL Server databases.

You should not configure a continuous delivery deployment group from the Virtual Machine Azure portal blade. This feature is unrelated to VM backup and recovery, and allows you to integrate a VM in a Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) workflow.

You should not configure a point-in-time snapshot from the Disks Azure portal blade. The snapshot functionality in Azure does not have formal policy associated with it, nor does it back up VM configuration.

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