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While we are waiting for SP1 for Data Protection Manager to go GA so we can use Microsoft Azure as a storage location there are other options available

Amazon have a low cost storage solution called Glacier that enables low cost storage online

This post will cover the basic integration between the services , the setup is not made with encryption of the same that is recomended.

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Storage pricing is about 12$ pr tb pr month storage online , there is additional cost for transferring data ind and out of the amazon storage system

http://aws.amazon.com/glacier/#pricing 

the above link have detailed pricing so your mileage may differ.

There is no supported integration between Data Protection Manager 2012 and Amazon Glacier this integration demo is shown with http://cristalink.com filestreamer software and http://fastglacier.com glacier-put utility to upload data the the amazon glacier

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First step is signing up to glacier and addiing the vault to FastGlacier software

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Next step is to create a long term protection to the filestreamer virtual tape libary

 

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After the long term protection job is completed we can see the tape used

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If we then go into filestreamer and unload the tapes , this is to ensure that no other jobs tries to write the tapes are we wil move them to the cloud

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For testing using the gui works fine but fastglacier have a cmd line that ,can help automate these steps , also this is a demo with the free version the pro edition us up to 10 times faster for upload

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And we now have a copy of our virtual tape on the Glacier , in a few hours i should be able to see cost for the upload + storage pr month after that

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If we then need to reover data from tape we need to copy the data from glacier to the local storage and then add the file to filesteamer.

There is cost and time each time you need to recover data from Glacier so a balace on how long to keep the VTL locally before moving it to the cloud for “long” term storage will need to be found

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.