Ok so here is a quick fire guide to configuring azure backup and backing up some example data!
Select RECOVERY SERVICES > BACKUP VAULT
Click QUICK CREATE
Complete the required details and Click CREATE VAULT
Once complete you can see the following:
Now we need to back something up!
The quick start screen will appear
The following URL gives details of how to setup backup:
I open an elevated command prompt and create a .cer file for use with backup (the date must be within 3 years from the day you upload it!):
Next I verify the file exists (It does!) and then click on “MANAGE CERTIFICATE”
Next we click on Download Agent
I downloaded the agent.
I logged into a server I wanted to backup (in this case a hyper-v 3.0 2012 One)
Run the installer, accepted the license agreement…
Left the default paths, clicked NEXT
Selected to use the Microsoft Update Opt-in then clicked INSTALL
The app then appeared to crash with NO CPU activity registered…nothing suitable in the event log to show any activity….
I ended the task…
Clicked OK, re-ran the install without opting in for Microsoft Update and voila!
I also opted not to check for updates. Click Finish… now we need to install the certificate (local machine personal store)…. Click click click (I exported the cert from my desktop using pcfx format with the private key)
I ran the azure backup tool, then clicked register server:
I’m not using a proxy so clicked NEXT
Click Browse to install the certificate
The tool then searches for vaults:
Click the drop down arrow!
As we can see the West Europe Vault 001 (the one I created) is available. Click NEXT
We now have another level of security (I clicked generate and saved to the desktop)
Excellent, click close then we need to configure and schedule!
Click Schedule Backup
I’m going to backup my desktop!
I left the settings as default:
Again I left defaults:
Ok then clicked finish. Note the limit of 850 GB per volume limitation!
We are ready to go!
To test this I clicked BACKUP NOW!
Click Back Up
So we now see a VSS snapshot occur:
We can now see my data being transferred then completed!
Having only selected the desktop which rolled in at 17.9 MB it appears compression and metadata took up a little more than I would have thought! I’ll look into that J
I hope this was useful to people! I’ll look into options such as encryption, exclusions, best practises for storing passphrases and restore at a later point.a