Quickstart: Create a Recovery Services vault using Bicep

This quickstart describes how to set up a Recovery Services vault using Bicep. The Azure Site Recovery service contributes to your business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy so your business applications stay online during planned and unplanned outages. Site Recovery manages disaster recovery of on-premises machines and Azure virtual machines (VM), including replication, failover, and recovery.

Bicep is a domain-specific language (DSL) that uses declarative syntax to deploy Azure resources. It provides concise syntax, reliable type safety, and support for code reuse. Bicep offers the best authoring experience for your infrastructure-as-code solutions in Azure.


If you don't have an active Azure subscription, you can create a free account before you begin.

Review the Bicep file

The Bicep file used in this quickstart is from Azure Quickstart Templates.

@description('Name of the Vault')
param vaultName string

@description('Enable CRR (Works if vault has not registered any backup instance)')
param enableCRR bool = true

@description('Change Vault Storage Type (Works if vault has not registered any backup instance)')
param vaultStorageType string = 'GeoRedundant'

@description('Location for all resources.')
param location string = resourceGroup().location

var skuName = 'RS0'
var skuTier = 'Standard'

resource recoveryServicesVault 'Microsoft.RecoveryServices/vaults@2022-02-01' = {
  name: vaultName
  location: location
  sku: {
    name: skuName
    tier: skuTier
  properties: {}

resource vaultName_vaultstorageconfig 'Microsoft.RecoveryServices/vaults/backupstorageconfig@2022-02-01' = {
  parent: recoveryServicesVault
  name: 'vaultstorageconfig'
  properties: {
    storageModelType: vaultStorageType
    crossRegionRestoreFlag: enableCRR

Two Azure resources are defined in the Bicep file:

Deploy the Bicep file

  1. Save the Bicep file as main.bicep to your local computer.

  2. Deploy the Bicep file using either Azure CLI or Azure PowerShell.

    az group create --name exampleRG --location eastus
    az deployment group create --resource-group exampleRG --template-file main.bicep --parameters vaultName=<vault-name>


    Replace <vault-name> with the name of the vault.

    When the deployment finishes, you should see a message indicating the deployment succeeded.

Review deployed resources

Use Azure CLI or Azure PowerShell to confirm that the vault was created.

az backup vault show --name <vault-name> --resource-group exampleRG
az backup vault backup-properties show --name <vault-name> --resource-group exampleRG


Replace <vault-name> with the name of the vault you created.

Clean up resources

If you plan to use the new resources, no action is needed. Otherwise, you can remove the resource group and vault that was created in this quickstart. To delete the resource group and its resources, use Azure CLI or Azure PowerShell.

az group delete --name exampleRG

Next steps

In this quickstart, you created a Recovery Services vault using Bicep. To learn more about disaster recovery, continue to the next quickstart article.