This is going to be a first of a series of posts on Microsoft Azure Server Backup. I was introduced to Azure Server Backup due to one of my favorite customers chosing this product as their backup platform. They needed to make a change due to having their offsite backup location being shut down. The Azure cloud was a good place for them as they were already backing up select “critical” workstations to Azure. Azure Backup is not a fit for a lot of people, however it is good at getting your backups offsite to Azure.
During this series, I will be going over how to configure the Azure Backup Vault, Installing Azure Backup Server, Installing Agents and configuring Protection Groups. I will also be doing this install on a VMware VM environment, so we will only be backing up Files & Folders, Exchange and SQL.
A little bit of background on Azure Server Backup before we get started. The Azure Server Backup product is a slimmed down version of Microsoft Data Protection Manager. Azure Backup allows you to backup servers to an on-site location, as well as shipping a copy of the backup offsite to the Microsoft Azure Cloud. We will be going over the “On-Prem” configuration in this series. From what I can tell, the rebranded Azure Server backup has two differences from Microsoft DPM. The first difference is that Azure Server Backup allows you to backup workloads directly to Microsoft Azure. The second is that Microsoft has removed the “Backup to Tape” option from Azure Server Backup.
- Azure Account (this is assumed)
- Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 and latest Service Packs
- .Net 3.5 (this isn’t stated in the documentation, but is called out during the software install)
- Install the “Windows Server Backup” feature on each server you want to backup
- An additional drive attached to the backup server. Do not format th
*Note: Azure Backup Server cannot run on a Domain Controller.
Creating the Azure Recovery Vault
- On the sidebar, click the “More Services” link and in the list of available resources – type “Recovery Services Vault”
- Personal preference – Click on the star to make this a favorite resource so that you can find it easier in the future
- On the Recovery Services Vaults menu, click Add
- The Recovery Services Vault tab opens. You will be prompted to provide a name, subscription (which should be selected automatically), resources group and geographic location – Select “Create” when complete. This process usually takes between 3-5 minutes
Configuring Storage Replication
There are two different types of Azure Storage Replication available with Recovery Services Vaults. They are:
- Local Redundant Storage – This the less expensive option. This type of storage will replicate your data locally in the region you selected above. Your data is replicated three times and reside in separate fault domains
- Geo-Redundant Storage – This is a more expense option for data resiliency. This will replicate your data to a secondary region that is hundreds, or thousands of miles away from the primary region you selected during the recovery vault creation. This option will protect you in the event of an entire Azure region going down.
To edit the storage replication settings, complete the following steps:
- Select the Recovery Vault that you created above – this will open another tab
- On the Settings tab, click on “Backup Infrastructure | Backup Configuration and select the storage replication option that you want to use. Make sure you click save after you choose!!!
This completes the steps necessary to Create the Azure Recovery Services Vault.