Category: Backups

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Monitoring Azure File Sync

After implementing Azure File Sync, you wonder, how I can monitor what I just implemented? My first thought was to investigate in the Azure Resource himself, to look the sync service and see whether there are any diagnostics settings which can be enabled in order to send logs to Log Analytics where we could set up alerts. However, there weren`t any diagnostics options on the Azure resource, so I then...

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Choosing the type of Azure Blob storage for SQL Backups

During the storage design on the Azure Foundation workshop that I usually deliver on a beginning of a new Azure project, come the topic and following that, the discussion about what type of storage should we choose for the SQL Backups. After reviewing the different offerings that Azure provide for storage, we start to brainstorm. Assuming that we are using blob storage for SQL Backups on a running SQL on...

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Instant VM Recovery using Azure Backup

We all know that Azure is grow and evolving in a very fast pace. On a project that I’m working right now, I had the opportunity to work with big VMs (M Series), although working with those kinds of VMs is always a challenge, when it comes to the operations side, in this particular case, backups. How you will backup that “Monster” and how fast can you recovery the virtual...

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Instant Recovery Point and Large Disk Azure Backup support

With everything that happens on Azure, and following what has been announced of the increase of the size of the disk in Azure, from 1TB to 4TB, the only missing part of this was the support of Azure Backup to be able to backup and recovery those volumes. But what changed? Today the Azure Backup job consist of the Two phases: Taking a VM snapshot Transferring the VM snapshot to...

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Managed disk on Azure

You probably already saw this when you are creating a Virtual Machine on Azure. After you insert the basic information like Name of the VM, choose the size, then comes the time to define and configure the settings of that VM. One of the first thing is the Use of managed disk. But what is managed disks? How they work? What are the implication of using the Managed disks? So,...

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New version of Azure Backup Server introduces Modern Backup Storage technology

WOW! What a day for me! Microsoft Azure just announces new and improved features on the new version Azure Backup Server. Let’s start! They announce with Azure Backup Server v2 (MABSv2) you can protect your VMWARE and Windows Server 2016 environment. That is really important feature (in my opinion). Now I don’t need to rely on third party backup software vendors to backup the workloads into Azure, special if the...

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Azure Backup – Part 4 – System Center and Azure Backup

On the first post (see here), I explained how the Azure backup works. On this post, I’m explaining how to integrate Azure Backup with System Center Data Protection Manager. If your environment contains a large number of systems that require protection, you might want to consider implementing Microsoft Azure Backup Server. Alternatively, if you have an existing implementation of System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM), you will likely benefit from...

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Azure Backup – Part 3 – Backup Virtual Machines

On the first post (see here), I explained how the Azure backup works. On this post, I’m explaining how to backup Virtual Machines with Azure Backup. If the systems that you want to protect are running the Windows or Linux operating systems on Azure virtual machines, then in addition to running Azure Site Recovery agent–based backups (as explained on the previous posts), you also have the option to perform a...

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Azure Backup – Part 2 – Azure Backup Agent

On the first post (see here), I explain how the Azure backup works. On this post, I’m explain how the files and folders are backup with the Azure Backup agent. Azure Backup’s most basic functionality allows you to protect folders and files on 64-bit Windows Server and client operating systems, both on-premises and in Azure. This functionality relies on the Azure Site Recovery agent, which is available for download on...

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Azure Backup – Part 1

One of the first workloads that usually the majority the organizations wants to start to use in Azure is to replace the tape to Cloud Backup. Following the best practices for the backup strategy is Disk-Disk-Cloud. This strategy replaces the previous one, where we use the last place of the backup to a tape. With Cloud backup as the last resource we are leveraging the cloud storage capabilities and resilience....