A new version of Azure backup has just been released and it now includes the ability to backup system state.
Previous this would have required deploying the more advanced Azure Backup Server, but can now be accomplished using the simpler Azure backup agent.
Also new, you can now set policies and backup retention from the Azure portal and not just the endpoint server/computer.
Backing up of System state is good for Active Directory servers, IIS and file servers (shares) as it allows for easier recovery of these systems in case of a failure.
Now I’m just waiting to see when full image backup and recovery will become part of the system 🙂
For anyone looking to upgrade an existing agent, you can either download it from the Azure portal or directly from here