This is the fourth post in the Azure Backup Server series. In this post we will be will be covering how to add protection (backup) to the machine that we installed the agent on in the previous step. I will assume you have completed the steps in the previous posts in the series before attempting to add protection.
Creating a New Protection Group
- Click on “Protection” in the bottom right if the screen. This is above the management button we used in the last series.
- Click on “New” in the top left corner of the Protection screen
- On the “Select Protection Group Type” dialog screen, select whether you will backup servers or clients. In this example, we will be backing up servers
- On the Select “Group Members” Dialog, expand out the options for the server you want to back up. Select the files and folders that you would like to back up on this machine. In this example, we will be backing up the server for “system protection”. Once you select those items, you will see them come up in “selected members” frame. Click next.
- On the “Select Data Protection Method” dialog – you will name the protection group as well as chose if you want short term protection and/or online protection. Click Next
- On the “Specify Short-Tem Goals” screen, you will select the short term goals. These backups will be stored on the disk we specified when setting up the local storage. You can do up to every 30 minutes. Click Next
- Chose your disk allocation settings | Click Next
- Choose a Replica Creation Method. In my experience, leave the default.. Click next
- Chose a Consistency check option. Azure Backup Server will tell you when the replica isn’t consistent. I would recommend to only run the consistency check if the replica becomes inconsistent. Click next
- Specify the data you also would like to be sent to Azure Storage. To me, this is a no brainer.. Chose what you wanted to backup in the first place. Select all, then next
- Specify Online Backup Schedule – You can do opt to do this up to two times per day. I recommend doing this twice a day. In customer deployments i typically do 12PM and 8PM. Click Next
- Specify your Online Retention Policy. Azure will allow you to keep up to 99 years worth of backups in the cloud. Select the Online Retention Policy that fits within the retention policy of your organization
- On the Choose Online Replication – This is a silly option in my opinion.. Select “Automatically over the network”. Click next.
- On the Summary page – you can review your options and then click on create group
- You should see the “success” after each task.. Click Close..
At this point, your server will begin to create a replica and create a backup. During the next available “Online” backup window, the data will then be sent to Azure.
After your first online backup window, you will start to see the usage in your Azure Portal as seen below.
In the next part of the series, we will go over how to recover a file that has been backed up with Azure Backup Server.