Azurewebsites backup with webjobs

We have some low traffic websites hosted in azure. Backups are important to us, but only available on the Standard web hosting plan. So we created a webjob to do it.

azurewebsite backup only available in Standard web hosting plan

Following Eduardo Laureano‘s post the plumbing was soon done. We modified the code to upload a zipfile and we’re done. Some of the changes in code block below.

// format filename as AzureBackup would
string backupName = string.Format("{0}_{1}.zip", 
            websiteName, 
            DateTime.Now.ToString("yyyyMMddHHmm"));
string zipFile = Path.Combine(Path.GetTempPath(), backupName);
// ZipFile is in System.IO.Compression.FileSystem
ZipFile.CreateFromDirectory(DIRECTORY_TO_BACKUP, zipFile);
// Create block blob for zipfile upload
CloudBlockBlob blockBlob = 
    blobContainer.GetBlockBlobReference(backupName);
using (var fileStream = File.OpenRead(zipFile)) {
    blockBlob.UploadFromStream(fileStream);
}
// Clean up temporary local file
File.Delete(zipFile);

The webjobs is scheduled to run every week. Now we get weekly backups of our files. Not as nice as Microsoft does it with fancy restore, database include and xml listing of files, but it suits our needs.

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