Microsoft 365 Backup, let’s get started – Part 1

Recently Microsoft 365 Backup finally became available in preview (roll-out will start in early 2024 to all tenants). In this article we will show you how to get started.

I won’t go into details about all the information regarding Microsoft 365 Backup, you can find all the information in the Microsoft documentation here.

In Part 1 I will show you how to enable Microsoft 365 Backup for your tenant and what you need to get started. Let’s go!

What do we need to do?

Before we get started, let’s see what we need to have.

  • An Active Microsoft 365 license
  • An Azure Subscription and an Azure Resource Group
  • Global or SharePoint Administrator permissions

Do you have all the above? Yes? Then you’re ready to go!

Step 1: Create an Azure Resource group

Before enabling Microsoft 365 Backup, we must link an Azure Subscription to Syntex pay-as-we-go. Therefore we also need to have a resource group in Azure. I’ve created one with the information shown below. If you are unfamiliar with creating a resource group, please check out the Microsoft documentation here.

  • Subscription: Choose your Azure Subscription
  • Resource group: rg-m365backup-preview
  • Region: West Europe

Step 2: Link your Azure Subscription to Syntex pay-as-you-go

Open the Microsoft 365 admin center and choose Setup.

Go to the File and content section click on Use content AI.

In the next step choose Set up billing.

In the Set up pay-as-you-go billing page, choose the following:

  • Azure Subscription: Choose the Azure Subscription where you created the Resource Group (step 1)
  • Resource Group: choose the resource group created in step 1

Accept the Terms of service and choose Save. Now be patient, Microsoft is setting things up for you.

Step 3: Enable Microsoft 365 Backup

Now let’s get started by enabling Microsoft 365 Backup. Choose Manage Microsoft Syntex.

Then choose for Backup (Preview).

Now let’s Turn on the Backup!

Save your choice in the next screen.

Microsoft 365 Backup is now turned on for your organization. The next step is to configure some policies.

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will show you how to create backup policies and discuss my findings on the product.If you are interested in more of my articles, feel free to check out my homepage.

Nicky De Westelinck

Nicky De Westelinck is a Modern Workplace Expert for Arxus with several years of experience in Microsoft 365. His main focus is Microsoft Intune and Microsoft 365 Administration. He is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 2021.

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