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When is the last time you had to restore data and you realized that the tape you need is in the vault at the offsite archive, across town… Anyone for a road trip? These situations are thing of the past. The Microsoft Online Backup Service is a cloud based backup solution for Windows Server 2012. It provides you the ability to backup and recover files and folders in the cloud.
that provides you off-site protection against data loss due to disasters. The service gives IT administrators with the option to back up and protect critical data in an easily recoverable way from any location with no upfront hardware cost or resources other than an Internet connection.
This service is built on the Windows Azure platform and uses Windows Azure blob storage for storing customer data. Windows Server 2012 uses the downloadable Microsoft Online Backup Agent to transfer file and folder data securely and efficiently to the Microsoft Online Backup Service. Once installed, the Microsoft Online Backup Agent exposes its functionality through the familiar Windows Server Backup interface.
If you are looking to evaluate Windows Azure you should checkout these following online courses Windows Azure training,
And to build your test server to evaluate Azure Backup, you can use the evaluation versions you can download here:
Both these download site will offer a ISO and a VHD you can just download and run in Hyper-v.
First we need to install Windows Server Backup
The Windows Azure Backup Agent is an add-on for Windows Server 2012. The Windows Azure Backup Agent provides the MMC snap-in user interface to use when scheduling backups and recovering content. It also installs the online backup cmdlets for Windows PowerShell.
The easiest way to download the Windows Azure Backup Agent is to go to the Windows Azure Management Portal.
Sign in to your account. (You can get your free trial account here.)
In this step, you will register your server with Windows Azure Online Backup.
In this step, you will manually start one of your scheduled backups.
In Windows Azure Online Backup Service, click Schedule Backup.
Click Add Items.
Expand C:\, select the directories where you have data. check box, and then click OK.
Check Sunday, click 12:00AM, and then click Next.
Specify the retention settings, and then click Next.
In Windows Azure Online Backup Service, click Run Now.
We now have an Encrypted backup of our data on the cloud, ready to be restored should we experience a failure.
I hope this helps.
As always, I highly encourage you to set it up for yourself. And start reaping the benefits.
You can get the preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 here. It is available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers and general availability has been announced for October 18th.
Also, to continue your learning, check out those MVA Modules:
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Would be great to provide a walk through of the restore process as well.
clever, but what country is this backup stored in? whose privacy laws? what guarantees that it is private and will not be revealed to American 3 letter agencies by the bucketful since the data is Canadian?
awkward question for sure, but somebody has to start addressing it.
That is the plan. soon.
Thanks for the great article.
@Gizmo: it's uses the Azure IaaS infrastructure. so where it's stored depends on what region you picked when you created your Backup Vault.