Backing up data to the cloud has become more popular lately, in this guide we will register our on-premises System Center Data Protection Manager 2016 (DPM) with Microsoft Azure Backup Vault.

Prerequisites

  • Microsoft Azure subscription
  • System Center Data Protection Manager
  • Connection to Internet

Create a Recovery Services vault in Azure

  1. Let's start by opening a web browser and then head to:https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/features/azure-portal/

  2. Sign in to your Microsoft Azure by first entering either your email, phone or Skype, afterward enter your password and then click Sign in.






  3. We should now be seeing our Microsoft Azure dashboard.




  4. Now in the upper left corner click on the  Azure Marketplace window should appear beside our favorites.




  5. In the search field "Search the Marketplace" type Backup.

  6. We will now get a list of items related to our search term "Backup", choose the Backup and Site Recovery (OMS).



  7. Now we will see a Backup and Site Recovery (OMS) window on our right side, in here we can read a short description of this feature, click Create to continue.



  8. Now we will begin by creating the Recovery Services vault.



  9. Fill in the desired name for our Recovery Services vault.
    Next, choose our Subscription and then choose a Resource Group (if we already have a Resource Group, simply choose an appropriate one), in this guide, I will create a new Resource Group.
    Finally select the Location, since I'm based in Northern Europe I choose North Europe, to finish click the Create button at the bottom.



  10. We should now see in the deployment process on the right side of our Azure Dashboard.

  11. Once the deployment has completed we will see Deployment succeeded.


Configuring the Recovery Services vault in Azure



  1. Now click on Go to the resource in the Deployment succeeded window.

  2. We should now see we recently created Recovery Services vault.




  3. Now we will configure a backup Goal, click on to start be configuring a backup Goal, we should get see the following window:



  4. In this guide our DPM 2016 server is on-premises, so under the option of Where is your workload running? we will choose On-Premises.
    Under the What do you want to backup? you will get a drop down menu of 8 different items that you can backup, we will select all 8 items.



  5. Once we have chosen the workload location and what we want to backup click on Prepare Infrastructure to continue.



  6. Prepare infrastructure side window will show up.



  7. Since we are using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) we will check the box Already usingSystem Center Data Protection Manager or any other System Center Product.



  8. Now we will download the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent(MARS) and the vault credentials to our DPM server.


Installing the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent


  1. Head the DPM server and locate the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent(MARS) and the vault credentials files.



  2. We will start by installing the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent, right-click the MARSAgentInstaller file and Run as administrator to start the installation

  3. Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent Setup Wizard will open up, choose the agent location and choose the cache location, in this guide I will go with the default locations, click Next to continue.



  4. In the next step, we will specify how we want to connect to the Internet whenever the provider connects to the site recover portal. In my case, I have an open connection to the Internet through the default proxy settings so no need to change anything, click Next to continue.



  5. If we want to opt-in on Microsoft updates choose the first option Use Microsoft Updates when I check for updates (recommended), we can also choose not to receive any Microsoft updates, once we have chosen click Next to continue.



  6. In the next step, The Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent setup wizard will list any missing prerequisites that the agent requires. The prerequisites will be downloaded automatically and the agent will be installed once click Install.



  7. Once the prerequisites (if any required) and the agent are installed we should have received agoodMicrosoft Azure Recovery Services Agent installation has completed successfully message.


Registering DPM to the Azure Backup Vault



  1. Now open up the Microsoft System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager console
  2. Head to Management and then in the left pane select   and finally in the upper left corner click on

    Note: When we select Online we can notice that our Azure backup agent version has appeared.




  3. Register Server Wizard window will open up, in here we can specify how the Azure Backup Agent is configured to connect to the Internet. In this guide we are using the default settings, click Next to continue.



  4. Next up we will select the vault credentials that we downloaded from our Azure portal, click on Browse and head to our folder where we saved the vault credentials and then click Open.



  5. Now DPM will start fetching the Backup Vault from Azure.



  6. Once DPM has finished fetching the Backup Vault information from Azure, click Next to continue.



  7. In the next step we have the possibility to enable Internet bandwidth usage throttling for the backup operations, and also the ability to set the throttling work hours & days, in this guide no limitations will be set, click Next to continue.



  8. When backuping Azure needs to temporarily download backup data to a local staging location before it is recovered, do note that this folder will be cleaned up after recovery. Make sure to enter a location that has sufficient disk space to be able to hold the recoverable items, click OK once we have selected a location.



  9. After we have selected our staging location, click Next to continue.



  10. Now we will have to create a passphrase for encrypting all our backups on this DPM server.



  11. Click Generate passphrase to let the wizard generate a passphrase for us.




  12. Now make sure to remember to click Copy to clipboard to copy the generated passphrase.



  13. Make sure to store the passphrase securely in a password manager.

  14. Finish the registration by clicking Register.



  15. Once the registration has completed successfully we will receive a message that
    goodAzure Backup registration and configuration completed successfully
    , click Close to quit the wizard.



  16. Now if we have a look in our System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager console we will notice that Azure Backuponline subscription has appeared in the Online pane. Also, note that the registration status on the left side under Online has changed to Registered.



    We have now successfully registered our Azure Backup Vault in DPM!


  17. Let's just have a quick look at the Recovery Services vault in the Azure Portal athttps://portal.azure.com/.



  18. Next navigate to theManagesection in the bottom left pane and click on Backup Infrastructure.



  19. Then in the right pane click on Backup Management Servers which can be found under Management Servers, we should now see our on-premises DPM server listed.



  20. Select the DPM server and we can see some more information, although it won't show much since we just created the registration.



That's it, now you can now you are all set to start backing up to Microsoft Azure with System Center Data Protection Manager!