Tag: Azure Backup

Microsoft Ignite Ask the Experts Protecting Azure Data, Easier than Ever

Microsoft Ignite Ask the Experts: Protecting Azure Data, Easier than Ever

Backup up data in the cloud and especially in hybrid and multicloud environments is hugely important. Tomorrow at Microsoft Ignite I am happy to let you know that I will be joining Rick Vanover and Karinne Bessette from Veeam to talk about how you can protect your data in Azure and hybrid cloud environments.

Ask the Experts: Protecting Azure Data, Easier than Ever

Getting full control of your data in Azure doesn’t have to be hard. In this Ask the Experts Session at Microsoft Ignite, Azure MVP Rick Vanover and Karinne Bessette from Veeam, plus Azure Advocate Thomas Maurer from Microsoft will discuss top tips for having full control of your data in Azure. From backup, recovery, or migration to another region, it’s easier than you think.

Karinne Bessette – Technologist – Veeam
Karinne Bessette is a Technologist at Veeam on the product strategy team. This individual has a strong technical background in network and security. She is well-versed in Office 365 and Azure platforms. Her credentials include Cisco Security (CCNA) and Cisco Routing & Switching (CCNA), CompTIANetwork+, Security +, CompTIA A+, Project +, and Linux Professional Institutes Essentials, Microsoft AZ-900 and AZ-103, Veeam VMCE2019 and VMCE2020, and VMware vExpert2020.
Follow Karinne on Twitter @RinBytes or @Veeam.

Rick Vanover – Sr. Director Product Strategy – Veeam Software
Rick Vanover (MVP) is a Senior Product Strategy Director at Veeam. Rick leads and contributes to a global team to help drive Veeam solutions to the market and bring the latest technology trends to all.

Thomas Maurer – Senior Cloud Advocate – Microsoft
Thomas works as a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. He engages with the community and customers around the world to share his knowledge and collect feedback to improve the Azure cloud platform. Prior to joining the Azure engineering team (Cloud + AI), Thomas was a Lead Architect and Microsoft MVP, to help architect, implement and promote Microsoft cloud technology.

Veeam Free Azure Backup (Exclusive Offer)

Did you know what Veeam offers you a free Azure Backup for unlimited workloads for 30 days + $250 in Azure credits + 25% off when you buy? Check out their Azure-native backup and recovery, which is built into the same console you know, love and trust when it comes to protecting your on-premises and cloud workloads.

Veeam Azure Free Cloud Backup Offer
Veeam Azure Free Cloud Backup Offer

You can learn more here.



Create new Azure Backup

Backup Windows 10 to Microsoft Azure Backup

Azure Backup not only allows you to backup services in Azure or Windows Server and services on-premises, but Azure Backup can also backup your Windows Client PC.

Azure Backup for your Windows 10 PC allows you to backup Files and Folders and store and backup them to the cloud. You can use this for small environments, VIP machines, or machines of remote workers, which are always on the road. Data is encrypted on the on-premises client machine using AES256, and the data is sent over a secure HTTPS link. Backups are stored encrypted in Azure with the customer’s own key.

I use Azure Backup for my own devices. I am often on the road and working on different documents and files. I also use OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, which also allows you to restore files after you delete them. However, the retention rate is way too short, and it is not a backup. Azure Backup, in that case, is a great addition. You can back up your files where ever you are.

Setup Azure Backup for Windows Clients

Azure Backup and Site Recovery

First, you will need to set up an Azure Recovery Services Vault in Microsoft Azure. This is the service which your backups will be stored.



Windows Admin Center Azure Backup

Set up Azure Backup in Windows Admin Center

With Windows Admin Center you have a great new web-based management experience for Windows Server. With Microsoft efforts to bring Hybrid Cloud capabilities closer to your on-premises systems, they added support for Azure Backup in Windows Admin Center. This allows you to simply configure Azure Backup for your Windows Server with a couple of clicks.

Setting up a cloud backup of a server is simple and saves you a lot of time and resources. It is especially great if you have a small environment in your datacenter or hosted at a different service provider, where having an own backup infrastructure doesn’t make much sense.

Configure Azure Backup in Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center Azure Backup

First you will need to register your Windows Admin Center to Microsoft Azure. This can be done in the settings of Windows Admin Center. If you haven’t done this yet, the wizard will guide you through. After this is done you can go to the Azure Backup Extension in Windows Admin Center and sign in. You can now configure Azure Backup directly in Windows Admin Center.

Configure Azure Backup in Windows Admin Center

This will Azure Backup client on Windows Server and as well as in Microsoft Azure. It will create the Recovery Services Vault and the necessary resources

Windows Admin Center Setting up Azure Backup

Register Recovery Services Resource Provider

If you get the error message “Error Failed to create Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Vault. Detailed error: Das Abonnement ist nicht für die Verwendung des Namespace  Microsoft.RecoveryServices” registriert.” You will need to register the Recovery Services Resource Provider in you Azure Subscription.

Register Azure Recovery Services Resource Provider

Configure and Recover from Azure Backup

Windows Admin Cenetr Azure Backup Settings

After Azure Backup is fully configured, you can see the configuration, the latest recovery points and you also will be able to recover data.

I hope this post was helpful and showed you how simple it is to back up your servers to the cloud using Windows Admin Center and Azure Backup. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

Configure Azure Hybrid Services in Windows Admin Center Video Series

I have created a short video series which shows how to set up the Azure Hybrid services directly from Windows Admin Center. You can start with the intro here and then follow the different videos, and check out our overview blog about Configure Azure Hybrid Services in Windows Admin Center.

Besides, you can also have a look at my other blog post about how to set up Azure hybrid cloud services.

Also, check out my blog post about Microsoft investments in Windows Server 2019. You can download Windows Admin Center here. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.How to buy Azure Stack HCI Solutions

WAC is also part of the Azure Stack HCI solutions, check out my blog about it.



Microsoft Azure Backup Agent

Download the Azure Backup Agent

Microsoft works heavily on their Microsoft Azure Recovery Services and releases new features for its Azure Backup software. Some of these new features need a new version of the Azure Backup Agent, or MARS Agent, to work.

Now if you install a new recovery vault in Azure to get started with Azure Backup you will find a link to download the Azure Backup Agent or sometimes you will see warnings in the Azure Backup MMC console with a link to a newer version of the Azure Backup Agent. But if you just want to download the latest MARS Agent, sometimes it is pretty hard to find, so let me help you with this link:

Download Azure Backup Agent
You can also use that file to updated an existing Azure Backup Agent.

By the way, Microsoft Azure Backup now supports Windows System State Backups to Azure.



Azure Backup Agent

How to Backup a Windows Client to Microsoft Azure

Today Microsoft announced that Microsoft Azure Backup now not only supports Windows Server or System Center Data Protection Manager, it also support Windows Clients, including Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

To backup your Windows Client machine you have to go to the Azure Portal and create a new Backup Vault.

Create Azure Backup Vault

After that you have to download and install the Microsoft Azure Backup agent and the vault credentials which are needed to register the machine to your Backup Vault.

Azure Backup Agent

Now during the installation of the Azure Backup Agent you have to use the vault credential file to register your server. There are two different ways of registering machines to the backup vaults that store data:

  • Option #1: Register one machine per backup vault. The backup vault is created under Recovery Services in your Azure subscription. Please be aware that only 25 backup vaults can be created per subscription using this option. If you have more machines to backup to Azure, please use the second option.
  • Option #2: Register multiple machines to the same vault. This enables up to 50 machines to be registered with a single backup vault.

In both the options, access to the backup data is controlled using an encryption passphrase. At the time of registering a machine to a backup vault, an encryption passphrase is provided by the user – and this is used to encrypt and decrypt the data being backed up. With different encryption passphrases being used for different machines, isolation is guaranteed.

 

In both the options, access to the backup data is controlled using an encryption passphrase. At the time of registering a machine to a backup vault, an encryption passphrase is provided by the user – and this is used to encrypt and decrypt the data being backed up. With different encryption passphrases being used for different machines, isolation is guaranteed.

Azure Client Backup

Now you can see your machine in the Azure Portal in the recovery vault. After the Agent is installed you can launch the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent to configure your backup.

Microsoft Azure Backup

After the first Backup is done, you can also start recovering data from Azure.

Azure Backup Recover Data

Some notes:

  • If you are running Azure Backup on your notebook or tablet, the backup will only run if the computer is not on battery mode. If your notebook is running on battery the backup will run the next time the machine is connected to a power source.
  • If you pick the backup time of your machine make sure the machine is not shutdown during that time.