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  • Hi All,

    I'm using Microsoft Azure Backup Server for my D2D2C backup.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49170
    I've never used DPM, but I assume Azure Backup Server is a "simplified" version of DPM, I see the name "DPM" in a number of menus.

    I have two questions, could someone point me in the right direction?

    I got this message when I changed the Subscription Configuration:
    "When you enable online, protection is recommended you also protect the DPM database (online or on premise) to allow you to rebuild the DPm server to recover the online replicas. With the DPM database, you will not be able to recover from online replicas.
    -  I want to protect the Microsoft Azure Backup Server do I have to install the agent on this server as well, how do I protect the Microsoft Azure Backup Server/DPM database?

    - How many vaults does Microsoft Azure Backup Server support? I read in a MS blog that in some cases the usage of multiple vaults is advised. https://azure.microsoft.com/nl-nl/documentation/articles/backup-azure-backup-faq/
    See Installation & Configuration Q14.

    Thank you in advance.

    Herokee

    Saturday, December 26, 2015 9:59 PM

Answers

  • Hello Herokee,

    Firstly, Azure Backup Server is very much the same as DPM except that it works on a subscription model adn doesnt require purchase of System Center.  So most of the procedures that are applicable to DPM are applicable to Azure Backup Server.

    In order to protect Azure backup server it is recommended to backup the SQL database that contains all the metadata .  Here is an article that talks about how to recover DPM to alternate location and this procedure is applicable to Azure Backup server as well.  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3065246

    Regarding your second question,  a single Azure Backup server can only backup to a single Backup vault. 

    Thanks,

    VijayTS (MSFT)


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    • Marked as answer by Herokee Monday, January 4, 2016 7:46 PM
    Monday, December 28, 2015 5:12 AM
  • Hello Herokee,

    Copying a response from one of the thread, hope this helps.

    Do we have a recommendation around protecting the Azure Backup Server database?
    We could use a secondary Azure Backup Server to protect the primary one, or we can use DPMBACKUP.EXE to do a local backup of the Azure Backup server database.

    A: You can protect Azure Backup server database very similar to you protect the SCDPM database.

    Do we have any recommendations around high-availability of the Azure Backup Server? I was thinking of having two Azure Backup Servers connected to the same vault, then in case of the first Azure Backup Server goes offline I can re-configure agents to connect to secondary backup server.

    A:You don’t need to create 2 Azure Backup servers and connect to same vault on Day 1. In case of this server going offline, you can always spin up a new Azure Backup server, register to same vault, and use alternate DPM server recovery workflow (steps below):
    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/documentation/articles/backup-azure-alternate-dpm-server/

    Best Regards

    Sadiqh Ahmed

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    • Marked as answer by Herokee Monday, January 4, 2016 7:46 PM
    Monday, January 4, 2016 10:42 AM

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  • Hi Herokee,

    Not sure about the message you received about online protection. However, the business benefits of using Azure Backup for backing up DPM servers include:

    • For on-premises DPM deployment, you can use Azure backup as an alternative to long-term deployment to tape.
    • For DPM deployments in Azure, Azure Backup allows you to offload storage from the Azure disk, allowing you to scale up by storing older data in Azure Backup and new data on disk.

    -  I want to protect the Microsoft Azure Backup Server do I have to install the agent on this server as well, how do I protect the Microsoft Azure Backup Server/DPM database?

    Yes, you need to install Azure Backup Agent. For more information see this link - https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/documentation/articles/backup-azure-dpm-introduction/

    - How many vaults does Microsoft Azure Backup Server support?

    As of July 2015, you can create 25 vaults per subscription. If you need more vaults, then create a new subscription. Not able to open the FAQ link you have shared, it is throwing 500 error. You may refer to this link - https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/documentation/articles/backup-azure-backup-faq/

    Hope that helps!

    Best Regards

    Sadiqh Ahmed

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    Sunday, December 27, 2015 8:07 AM
  • Hi Sadiqh,

    Thank you for getting back to me.

    This article https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/documentation/articles/backup-azure-dpm-introduction/ is talking about System Center's DPM and not about Microsoft Azure Backup Server.
    From what I understand these products are not exactly the same.
    The question is what is the correct backup and recovery procedure of a failed Microsoft Azure Backup Server.

    Sorry about the wrong link, but you referred to the same page. :)
    I asked how many vaults Microsoft Azure Backup Server supports and not how many vaults can be added to a subscription. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/documentation/articles/backup-azure-backup-faq/
    Please see question Q14, is this feature supported by Microsoft Azure Backup Server?
    When I add a second vault to my Server the first vault gets deleted from the UI.

    Please advise.

    Thank you
    Herokee


    Sunday, December 27, 2015 9:04 AM
  • Hello Herokee,

    The question is what is the correct backup and recovery procedure of a failed Microsoft Azure Backup Server.

    Please take a look at this link - https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/backup-configure-vault/ for backup and restore procedure.

    how many vaults Microsoft Azure Backup Server supports?

    The vault is created under a storage on Azure Cloud. Under this vault the backup servers are registered and the backup you take is stored here. It is not the backup servers where vaults exist.

    Hope this clarifies!

    Best Regards

    Sadiqh Ahmed

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    Sunday, December 27, 2015 10:14 AM
  • Hi Sadiqh,

    No, it doesn't clarify anything.
    Your answers raise more questions. That link you provided doesn't have information on how to protect the Microsoft Azure Backup Server or how to restore it

    Cheers
    Herokee

    Sunday, December 27, 2015 1:45 PM
  • Hello Herokee,

    Firstly, Azure Backup Server is very much the same as DPM except that it works on a subscription model adn doesnt require purchase of System Center.  So most of the procedures that are applicable to DPM are applicable to Azure Backup Server.

    In order to protect Azure backup server it is recommended to backup the SQL database that contains all the metadata .  Here is an article that talks about how to recover DPM to alternate location and this procedure is applicable to Azure Backup server as well.  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3065246

    Regarding your second question,  a single Azure Backup server can only backup to a single Backup vault. 

    Thanks,

    VijayTS (MSFT)


    “This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.”

    • Marked as answer by Herokee Monday, January 4, 2016 7:46 PM
    Monday, December 28, 2015 5:12 AM
  • Hi Vijai,

    Thank you for helping me out. My questions are answered now.

    I have still one question about the recovery procedure, the link that you included explains almost in detail how to do a recovery, but it doesn't say exactly what data has to be backed up in order to do a successful recovery.
    Please see step 7.

    Thanks
    Herokee

    Monday, December 28, 2015 1:47 PM
  • Hello Herokee,

    Copying a response from one of the thread, hope this helps.

    Do we have a recommendation around protecting the Azure Backup Server database?
    We could use a secondary Azure Backup Server to protect the primary one, or we can use DPMBACKUP.EXE to do a local backup of the Azure Backup server database.

    A: You can protect Azure Backup server database very similar to you protect the SCDPM database.

    Do we have any recommendations around high-availability of the Azure Backup Server? I was thinking of having two Azure Backup Servers connected to the same vault, then in case of the first Azure Backup Server goes offline I can re-configure agents to connect to secondary backup server.

    A:You don’t need to create 2 Azure Backup servers and connect to same vault on Day 1. In case of this server going offline, you can always spin up a new Azure Backup server, register to same vault, and use alternate DPM server recovery workflow (steps below):
    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/documentation/articles/backup-azure-alternate-dpm-server/

    Best Regards

    Sadiqh Ahmed

    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    If a post answers your question, please click Mark As Answer on that post and Vote as Helpful.

    • Marked as answer by Herokee Monday, January 4, 2016 7:46 PM
    Monday, January 4, 2016 10:42 AM
  • Thank you all for your suggestions!

    Regards

    Herokee

    Monday, January 4, 2016 7:46 PM