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  • I can take the Azure VM sytem backup but not getting exact answer , How can restore the sytem backup from Bare metal recovery? Does DPM support the BMR for Azure VM or not as it is protecting the system protection for azure vm? 

    Any clear piece on it? 

    Friday, September 20, 2019 6:05 PM

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  • Hi,

    As per the official documentation below it is not supported to recover System State / Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) to Azure
    Back up system state and bare metal

    Azure VM is not mentioned over the following documentation either:

    What can DPM back up?

    This makes sense, because there is no Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Azure.

    What is possible to do is to install a DPM agent inside the Azure VM and back up everything inside the virtual machine, because then it will simply be considered as any server.

    Best regards,
    Leon


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    • Edited by Leon Laude Friday, September 20, 2019 7:46 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Leon Laude Friday, September 20, 2019 9:25 PM
    Friday, September 20, 2019 7:11 PM
  • Thanks. I can backup everything inside the Azure machine, however I am wondering how to restore the systembackup for azure vm? 

    Friday, September 20, 2019 7:29 PM
  • Not possible.

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    Friday, September 20, 2019 7:30 PM
  • You can look at the documentation below for Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) on how to back up an entire Azure VM.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-support-matrix-iaas#supported-scenarios

    To see supported restore methods, see:

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-support-matrix-iaas#supported-restore-methods


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    • Edited by Leon Laude Friday, September 20, 2019 7:45 PM
    Friday, September 20, 2019 7:42 PM
  • You can backup an Azure VM using System State / BMR, trough the DPM, but you can't restore. This is a limitation from Azure VMs.

    Limitation
    ->Recovering to different hardware using System State recovery is not recommended by Microsoft
    ->System State backup currently supports "on premise" Windows servers, this functionality is not available for Azure VMs.

    Reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-system-state-troubleshoot#limitation

    In this scenario you can think on Azure Backup for Azure VM's which we provide from Azure Portal.

    Reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-vms-introduction


    • Proposed as answer by Tome Lopes Friday, September 20, 2019 9:21 PM
    • Edited by Tome Lopes Friday, September 20, 2019 9:22 PM
    Friday, September 20, 2019 9:21 PM
  • Exactly as I presumed, the documentation could be made more clear on this matter..

    Bare Metal Recovery and System State is more targeted for on-premises servers.


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    Friday, September 20, 2019 9:23 PM
  • Thanks Tome, 

    If DPM doesn't support recovery of Azure VM from BMR , then what is the use of DPM ? 

    As I can see the limitation : 

    DPM running as an Azure virtual machine cannot protect on-premise workloads? 

    So DPM running as an Azure Virtual machine to protect azure workload , what's the advantage of DPM? 

    - Azure VM backup can enabled on azure portal and restore from recovery vault, but what about the data loss if I am running the daily backup every 9pm, if something happen before 9pm I can not restore? 

    sorry have lots of question? Thanks for your cooperation.. 

    Monday, September 23, 2019 7:07 PM
  • Thanks Leon. 
    Monday, September 23, 2019 7:07 PM
  • Thanks Tome, 

    If DPM doesn't support recovery of Azure VM from BMR , then what is the use of DPM ? 

    As I can see the limitation : 

    DPM running as an Azure virtual machine cannot protect on-premise workloads? 

    So DPM running as an Azure Virtual machine to protect azure workload , what's the advantage of DPM? 

    - Azure VM backup can enabled on azure portal and restore from recovery vault, but what about the data loss if I am running the daily backup every 9pm, if something happen before 9pm I can not restore? 

    sorry have lots of question? Thanks for your cooperation.. 

    DPM was originally an on-premise backup software, now that the cloud exists for many years, they have simply added the ability and support to backup to the cloud and within the cloud.

    Backing up Bare Metal Recovery in any cloud with any backup software is not possible I think, since no WinRE exists.

    Yes, there are different alternatives for backing up in Azure:

    • Azure VM Backup
    • Azure Backup
    • DPM
    • ...

    Some of these backup alternatives are more suited for backing up within the cloud, others are suited more for on-premises, the choice is yours to choose the product best suited for your needs or your organization.


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    • Proposed as answer by Leon Laude Monday, September 30, 2019 5:35 PM
    Monday, September 23, 2019 7:33 PM
  • Thanks Leon for clarification.. I might reach out if I have more.. 

    THanks all. 

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 1:57 PM
  • You're welcome, if you have any other concerns, feel free to ask.

    (Please don't forget to mark helpful replies as answer, this helps the community to recognize useful contributions, thank you!)


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    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6:27 AM