#HybridCloud System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager with Microsoft Azure Backup Vault

It’s important to backup your data in a save way for your organization. You have short time protection and long time protection, and in this blog post
we will highlight longtime protection to the Cloud instead of backup to Tape. Tape management cost a lot of time and management of tapes which is not my favorite kind of work.
With Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager and Microsoft Azure Backup Vault you can eliminate Tape Management and save the costs of a Tape Library.
In this scenario we got a Server with direct attached storage in the following configuration :

System DPM

The Physical DPM Server System

Disk Management
Disk Management with 55TB direct attached storage.
Local Disks
The Local Storage configuration with a large E-Drive for Recovery from Azure. DPM Network
Network Team of 4Gbps.

We installed Windows Server 2012 R2 with the latest updates and after that we installed System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager with Roll Update 4.
For the following steps you need a Microsoft Azure subscription to create a Azure Backup Vault :

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When you have created the Storage Pool and the Backup Vault,
You have to download the Vault Credentials to the DPM Server.DPMAzure2
Then you download the Azure Backup Vault Agent for the DPM Server.DPMAzure3
Set the Cache Location to the Large E-Drive.DPMAzure4
When you behind a Proxy Server, you can do the settings here.DPMAzure5
Click Install.
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We installed the Microsoft Azure Recovery Agent Successfully. From here we go to the System Center 2012 R2 DPM Console to Register the DPM Server in the Microsoft Backup Azure Vault.DPMAzure7
Click on Register
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If you behind a Proxy Server, set the same settings here you did earlier.DPMAzure9
Browse to the download folder where you saved your Azure Backup Vault Credentials.DPMAzure10
Here You can Enable Internet bandwidth usage throttling for Backup Operations.DPMAzure11
Here you set the Staging folder to the E-drive for Recovery data from Microsoft Azure.DPMAzure12
Make sure that you save the passphrase on a save location !DPMAzure13
Done ! 🙂
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We now have a Hybrid Cloud Backup Solution.
Time to make your protectiongroups for shorttime protection to Disk and Longtime protection to Microsoft Azure Vault

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Before you begin making Online protection Groups you should read this information about retention times in the Cloud for long time protection.

Recovery to Azure 1

Duration Backup VM

DPM Backup to Azure with 1,4GB per Minute 🙂 Azure Vault recovery points

And here are our Online Recovery Points save in the Microsoft Azure Backup Vault.

Here you find more information from Microsoft about the newest RollUpdate 5 for System Center 2012 R2 DPM

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