Today Microsoft Azure announced the Simplified restore experience for Azure virtual machines https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/simplified-restore-of-azure-vms/
Now we can restore an Azure VM directly with managed disks with a truly single-click operation.
In addition, we can restore only the unmanaged disks to a storage account and the process will create a template for us to create the VM on a later time.
So, at the recovery services vault, select a VM to restore and you will see two main options.
Create New: to create a new Virtual Machine with managed disks or to restore the disks with the ARM Template
Replace existing: To restore the VM in-place, replacing the current VM.
At both options you will need to select a Staging storage account, in order to restore the VHD files. Those file will be auto-converted to managed disks by the process.
Pantelis Apostolidis is a Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft and an ex Microsoft Azure MVP. For the last 15 years, Pantelis has been involved to major cloud projects in Greece and abroad, helping companies to adopt and deploy cloud technologies, driving business value. He is entitled to a lot of Microsoft Expert Certifications, demonstrating his proven experience in delivering high quality solutions. He is an author, blogger and he is acting as a spokesperson for conferences, workshops and webinars. He is also an active member of several communities as a moderator in azureheads.gr and autoexec.gr. Follow him on Twitter @papostolidis.