How to delete a Backup Vault in Azure

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The Backup Vault is found in the Recovery Services item and it is the repository for all protected data from Windows Backup, DPM or ASR (Azure Site Recovery) and in this Tutorial we are going to delete an existent Backup Vault.


The first step is to list all existent Backup Vaults in Windows Azure, logged on Azure Portal, click on Recovery Services and a a list of all Backup Vaults will be displayed, for this Tutorial we are going to get rid of apdpm0001 backup vault.

If the Backup Vault was in use, there is no way to just select it and click on Delete, because it has dependencies and that will not allow the removal right way.


In order to delete such Backup Vault, we need to click on it, and then click on Registered Items, and in this page we will have a list of all servers/services that are using this Backup Vault. In this case we have a test DPM server called tordpm.apatricio.local.


Since the data there can be removed, select the registered item from the list and click on Delete, and on the new window select a reason and click confirm, to remove the registered item. Repeat the process for all remaining registered items.


Now that all dependencies were removed, select the Backup Vault and click on Delete, and at this time a new window asking for confirmation will be displayed, provide the information and click OK.


That’s it for Backup Vaults no longer required, as best practice triple check that you don’t need the Backup Vault, and then the procedure that we went over in this Tutorial can be used.

Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian Exchange Server MVP and MCSM (Solutions Master) and he contributes to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor at, and (Portuguese).