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Data Protection Manager 2012 Backup to Azure Cloud

With the release of System Center 2012 SP1 Beta , Microsoft added the feature to use Windows Azure Cloud for data storage.

To us the Azure for backend you need a account there is a free 300gb account for testing avaialble at

http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/home/features/online-backup/ , also Data Protection Manager must run on Windows Server 2012.

This post will just cover the basics there will be follow up on whats supported when time permits Smiley , and we still dont know the cost yet Smiley , performance and a bunch of other stuff needs to be tested its a great start.

 

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Install the Windows Azure Online Backup agent

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Voila.

 

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To use the Azure as backend you must create a user , so go to the Windows Azure Active Directory Portal

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Create a user for connecting the Data Protection Manager server with Azure , not sure if one is needed pr server but for testing purpose i made a dedicted one

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The accoutn needs to be global administrator , and you need to logon to the portal to change password after the user have been created

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Go to management and register a online protection

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Enter username/password from the earlier created user

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Set any throttle policy

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During restore you need staging space so this needs to be added in the design of DPM as the disk space is local to the dpm server

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Data is compress and encrypted before being shipped off to Windows Azure , so DO NOT loose the passphrase , you will not be able to recover if the dpm server is “gone”

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Sucess Smiley

 

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And we can see our Azure Subscription in the DPM interface directly , time for the first cloud backup

 

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Lets create a protection group , notice the new shiny graphics

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For testing purpose we just add the C: from one of the Hyper-V nodes

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Select both cloud and short term protection

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Select the drive we want protected in the Azure Cloud

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7 day protection and one synchronization a day

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Data Protection Manager = Sucess

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And we can see our initial replication creation to disk work its magic.

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The scheduled job will kick in later but i would like to use the new create recovery point with “online protection”

 

 

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and we know have data moving to the cloud ,

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So now when we select data we have a additional recovery point

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And we can see that we recovery to local and then from staging to target.

 
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