Configure Microsoft #Azure Backup D2D2C – Disk to #Disk to Cloud backup DPM for #Free–#Cloud #Backup   2 comments

Microsoft Azure Backup provides backup for rich application workloads like Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V VMs, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange and Windows clients with support for both Disk to Disk backup for local copies and Disk to Disk to Cloud backup for long term retention.

With Microsoft Azure Backup, you can protect application workloads such as Hyper-V VMs, Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange and Windows clients to:
– Disk (D2D), giving high RTOs for tier 1 workloads
– Azure (D2D2C) for long term retention.
And, you can manage the protection of various protected entities (servers and clients) from a single on-premises user interface.
You can deploy Microsoft Azure Backup server as:
– A physical standalone server.
– A Hyper-V virtual machine – You can run DPM as a virtual machine hosted on an on-premises Hyper-V host server, to back up on-premises data.
– A Windows virtual machine in VMware – You can deploy DPM to provide protection for Microsoft workloads running on Windows virtual machines in VMware. In this scenario DPM can be deployed as a physical standalone server, as a Hyper-V virtual machine, or as a Windows virtual machine in VMware.
– An Azure virtual machine – You can run DPM as a virtual machine in Azure to back up cloud workloads running as Azure virtual machines.

Get the software here

Prepare Microsoft Azure Backup server to back up data by:

  1. Creating a Backup vault — Create a vault in the Azure Backup console.
  2. Downloading the vault credentials — In Azure Backup, upload the management certificate you created to the vault.
  3. Downloading Microsoft Azure Backup server — You can download Microsoft Azure Backup server for application workloads from the Quick Start Page of a backup vault.



Microsoft Azure Backup server inherits the functionality of Data Protection Manager (DPM) for workload backup. You will find pointers to DPM documentation for some of these capabilities. However Microsoft Azure Backup Server does not provide protection on tape or integrate with System Center.


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Keep this in mind when you are using dynamic memory. this is just a warning.

 imageBig disappointment when you where expecting just like in DPM using a External SQL server.

No you can’t you need to run SQL on the local machine. And Currently you can’t use Windows Server 2016 TP3


In order to get passed the Recommendations you need to install .Net3.5 and SIS-Limited

start /wait dism.exe /Online /Enable-feature /FeatureName:SIS-Limited /quiet /norestart

and the .Net3.5  can be installed with Powershell or GUI

Install-WindowsFeature Net-Framework-Core

and incase of trouble installing .NET3.5



Remember a reboot is needed.!



When Choosing the Installation folders you need to be careful there is a bug


When using a root install sys just change the drive letter there is a \\ instead of the \   !


Better use a folder to install the bits.


Pick a password. and the next steps will install the Azure Recovery Agent.


Azure Recovery Services Agent setup is installed but you will need the Azure Credentials for the Backup Vault



If you don’t have a backup vault you will need to create one else just save the Credentials file to a location.



Incase you did nod create a Backup Vault.


In the dashboard there is a option to download the vault credentials.



Using the Credentials and saving the encryption key to a save location. that is not the C drive !! without the key you are unable to restore anything!!



After the SQL server is installed You are almost ready to backup some files.

Supported Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

    Minimum: 1 GHz, dual-core CPU
    Recommended: 2.33 GHz quad-core CPU
    Minimum: 4GB
    Recommended: 8GB
    Hard Drive Space:
    Minimum: 3GB
    Recommended: 3GB
    Disks for backup storage pool: 1.5 times size of data to be protected






Open the Azure Backup in the start menu.

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when checking About you will see that this is DPM – Data Protection manager.


Now we can add some Storage and adding some Agents to the Azure Backup Vault and create a protection group.



Installing and Operating is real easy, install an agent but remember if you already installed the Azure Recovery backup Agent you need to deinstall this agent and install the DPM agent.

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Here you can choose it the Protection Group needs to upload the data to Azure or leave this on premise




Also Choose what to upload to Azure. maybe the Disk is ok but the system state is only available local.


The backup schedule is as the same as in the Azure Backup


Protecting my DC. As I did use the Azure ASR backup and I had to install manually ( PowerShell – manually ) an agent with DPM you can deploy this easily in your domain.

Many more options are there in DPM / Azure Backup but this blog post get you started with backup to the cloud. 



Happy clustering

Robert Smit



Posted November 16, 2015 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Azure, Azure Site Recovery

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  1. Hi Robert,

    Thank you for posting this article.

    I’ve been using a Azure Backup Server for two months now to backup a number of on-premises Hyper-V machines. So far it works great.

    I’m trying to work of a solution to protect the Azure Backup Server it self in case of a disaster, but couldn’t find any clear steps how to do that.
    If I reinstall the Azure Backup Server from scratch and let it connect to the backup vault would it see the backups that were made with the crashed Azure Backup Server?


    • In all times you need the backup key without this key there is no restore. but you could export the Backup VM to a save location and use this in a DR. even if this is an old VM it holds the backup key and therefore valid for restore.

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