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Backing Up to Azure from on-prem RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have the following requirement :

    Using an on-premise Azure Backup Server. All workloads will be on-premise only. No workloads on Azure. A backup copy will be replicated from the local storage to Azure Backup Vault.

    Using on-premise MAB server to backup VMware environment to local SAN storage A local backup repository is replicated up to Azure.

    STEP 1 Recover workload in Azure

    Setup MAB in Azure and link to Azure Vault. Recover 4 x VMs in Azure using MAB (backup data is already in Azure Vault) Configure Azure VPN Gateway for access

    STEP 2 Shift workload back to on-premise How to go with this? Is purely using MAB sufficient? Azure site recovery? How is the flow like?

    Hope support to understand this !


    Dileepa S. Rajapaksa
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    Cloud Soulution Architect
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    Twitter : @dsrajapaksa
    Blog : http://windowsgeek.lk/

    Monday, October 21, 2019 5:27 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    If you want to back up on-premise VMware VMs to Azure, you will have to run your Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) on-premise.

    Having a MABS on-premise allows you to backup both locally and to the Recovery Services Vault in Azure.

    It also allows you to recover your backed up VMware VMs from the Recovery Services Vault to your on-premise environment.

    Best regards,
    Leon


    Blog: https://thesystemcenterblog.com LinkedIn:

    Monday, October 21, 2019 8:42 AM
  • @Dileepa S. Rajapaksa, @Leon Laude has answered most part of your question. However, regarding "Setup MAB in Azure and link to Azure Vault. Recover 4 x VMs in Azure using MAB (backup data is already in Azure Vault) Configure Azure VPN Gateway for access" is this a requirement to access on premise VMs in Azure? If so, I've a second thought about MABS because spinning up a MABS server on Azure VM and registering it to the same vault would not serve your purpose. Instead, I recommend ASR as an option that would enable you to replicate your on premise VMware VMs to Azure and in the event of disaster, you can failover to Azure to continue your on premise services in Azure and once the on prem is back you can do a failback. Reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/vmware-azure-architecture and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/vmware-physical-secondary-disaster-recovery

    Monday, October 21, 2019 12:27 PM
    Moderator
  • 1. Restoring on premise backed up VM in Azure is currently not supported. See the feedback item.

    If you're planning for DR using MABS, the best option is to set up MABS server on premise and back up to local storage and then perform online backup to Azure. In the event of disaster you can restore the backed VMs to an alternate location. More details can be found here - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/restore-azure-backup-server-vmware

    2. Enabling replication from Azure to on premise using MABS is not an option.
    Refer to MABS architecture - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-architecture#architecture-back-up-to-dpmmabs

    For your requirement I still recommend Azure site recovery as the best option.

    Monday, November 4, 2019 12:21 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi,

    If you want to back up on-premise VMware VMs to Azure, you will have to run your Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) on-premise.

    Having a MABS on-premise allows you to backup both locally and to the Recovery Services Vault in Azure.

    It also allows you to recover your backed up VMware VMs from the Recovery Services Vault to your on-premise environment.

    Best regards,
    Leon


    Blog: https://thesystemcenterblog.com LinkedIn:

    Monday, October 21, 2019 8:42 AM
  • @Dileepa S. Rajapaksa, @Leon Laude has answered most part of your question. However, regarding "Setup MAB in Azure and link to Azure Vault. Recover 4 x VMs in Azure using MAB (backup data is already in Azure Vault) Configure Azure VPN Gateway for access" is this a requirement to access on premise VMs in Azure? If so, I've a second thought about MABS because spinning up a MABS server on Azure VM and registering it to the same vault would not serve your purpose. Instead, I recommend ASR as an option that would enable you to replicate your on premise VMware VMs to Azure and in the event of disaster, you can failover to Azure to continue your on premise services in Azure and once the on prem is back you can do a failback. Reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/vmware-azure-architecture and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/vmware-physical-secondary-disaster-recovery

    Monday, October 21, 2019 12:27 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi All, Thanks for the responses but I have to following questions also-

    I need to validate the following scenarios and provide the flow if they are workable. Note that we are just proposing Azure Backup (on-premise MAB) and not Azure Site Recovery.

     

    DR Trigger: On-premise VMware server & MAB server failure

     

    1)Restore VM workloads in Azure from Azure Recovery Vault

     

    Estimated Workflow:

    1. Provision MAB server in Azure (or from on-premise MAB server?)
    2. Link Azure MAB server to Azure Recovery Vault (or from on-premise MAB server?)
    3. Initiate VM recovery from MAB to Azure

     

    2)Normalize VM workloads back to on-premise

     

    Estimated Workflow:

    1. Create backup task for Azure workload in MAB then replicate to on-premise (Storage/MAB Server?)
    2. Once steady state, initiate VM recovery from (Azure MAB/on-premise MAB?)

    Is the following workable ?


    Dileepa S. Rajapaksa
    ---------------------------------
    Cloud Soulution Architect
    ----------------
    Twitter : @dsrajapaksa
    Blog : http://windowsgeek.lk/

    Monday, November 4, 2019 5:21 AM
  • 1. Restoring on premise backed up VM in Azure is currently not supported. See the feedback item.

    If you're planning for DR using MABS, the best option is to set up MABS server on premise and back up to local storage and then perform online backup to Azure. In the event of disaster you can restore the backed VMs to an alternate location. More details can be found here - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/restore-azure-backup-server-vmware

    2. Enabling replication from Azure to on premise using MABS is not an option.
    Refer to MABS architecture - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-architecture#architecture-back-up-to-dpmmabs

    For your requirement I still recommend Azure site recovery as the best option.

    Monday, November 4, 2019 12:21 PM
    Moderator