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#Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 DPM Scale-Out Protection #sysctr #SCDPM #Azure #HybridCloud

ScaleOut DPM 2012 R2 RU4High Level Design System Center 2012 R2 Backup with Azure

In this fast Hybrid Cloud world where a lot is changing, backing up your data is important for Enterprise organisations.
With System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager you can do a lot. I made a High Level Design of our
System Center 2012 R2 DPM POD’s ( Dell PowerEdge R620 Server with MD1200 SAS Storage Enclosures ).
For the first time we skipped to buy a Tape Library for long time protection, we now backup to Microsoft Azure Backup Vault storage for long time protection. So we have no tape management any more.

When you have more System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager Servers in your Datacenter, you can think of Scale-Out protection where you are more flexibel in your Datacenter to save your data.

Scale Out

Here you can read more about System Center 2012 R2 DPM Scale-Out protection

System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) offers backup to Azure for long term protection by leveraging Azure Backup. The first step in configuring DPM-A (DPM backup to Azure) is to register the DPM server to the Azure Backup vault. This article explains how the registration process is greatly simplified and enhanced with Update rollup UR4 for DPM.
Till Update Rollup 3 (UR3), users were required to generate a self-signed certificate and upload this certificate to the backup vault through the portal. During the registration process, the certificate was used to register the server to the backup vault. While this process ensured security, it was a bit overwhelming.
With UR4, registration of the DPM server to the Azure Backup vault is simplified without compromising on the security by using a concept called “vault credential”. A vault credential is an authentication entity that can be downloaded from the backup vault on the portal. The vault credential is valid for 48 hours from the downloaded time and can only be used during the registration process to authenticate the server with the backup vault.

Here you can read more on Simplified workflow to configure backup to Azure from DPM

To Protect SQL Server 2014 using DPM 2012 R2

Two Powerful ways to use Azure to Back Up your Enterprise

teched_cloudos_componentsKeep thinking of  “how to save your Data”

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#MVPBUZZ CloudOS Roadshow : System Center 2012 R2 DPM and #WindowsAzure Backup Vault Storage #sysctr

Friday, March 7, 2014 we had a Great event at Microsoft Netherlands called MVP CloudOS Roadshow :

MVP CloudOS RoadShow 2

MVP CloudOS RoadShow 1

Here you can find the information about the MVP CloudOS Roadshow

I spoke about Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager and Windows Azure Backup Storage in the Cloud of Microsoft.
Here you find the step-by-step guide for backup to Windows Azure and eliminate Tape Management :

What you need before you begin is the following :

  • A Microsoft Windows Azure subscription for the Backup Vault in the Cloud.
    When you don’t have a Windows Azure Subscription you can try it first here :Try Windows Azure
  • And On-Premisses you need a System Center 2012 R2 DPM Server with a secure Internet Connection.

First you have to make an Certificate on the DPM Server :

SDK 81

Download the SDK for Windows 8.1 here (You only need to install the SDK)

We need MakeCert.exe located in the following directory after installing the SDK kit for the Self-Signed Certificate.


Copy Makecert.exe to the DPM Server to make the Self-Signed Certificate.
CommandRun as AdminOpen Command Prompt Run as Administrator and go to the directoy where Makecert.exe is located.
Type the following command for example :

makecert.exe -r -pe -n CN=AzureBackup -ss my -sr localmachine -eku -len 2048 -e 01/01/2016 AzureBackup.cer

You can find more information about makecert.exe here

Now we have created the self-signed certificate, we will make the Backup Vault in Windows Azure :

Login on Windows Azure Management Portal :

Create Backup Vault 1Give the Backup Vault a Name and Region for the Storage and Click on Create Vault.

When the Windows Azure Backup Vault is created you can upload the self-signed Certificate.

Manage Certificate DPMUpload your certificate.

After this you have to download the Backup agent for System Center 2012 R2 DPM.

Download Backup AgentDownload agent from Windows Azure Backup Vault for the DPM Server.

When the Agent is installed go to the console of System Center 2012 R2 DPM.

DPM1Go to Management and Click on Register

DPM2Browse to the certificate

DPM3Select the self-signed Certificate AzureBackup

DPM4Fetching Backup Vaults from Windows Azure.

DPM5Select your Backup Vault

DPM6Select your proxy server for the secure Internet connection

DPM7Here you can manage your Internet Bandwidth

DPM8Set here your recovery folder settings.

DPM9Set your Encryption settings and Click on Register

DPM10DPM Registration with Windows Azure Backup Vault is Completed.

From here we can configure the protection groups with Windows Azure Backup Vault :

DPM11Edit Protection Group PG_FileVolume

DPM12Select the Shares or Disk Volumes.

DPM13Select your Online Protection Goals.

DPM14Update Group and the backup will be made to the Cloud Storage of Windows Azure.


BackupVault Azure 1Here you can see your Usage Overview in Windows Azure

BackupVault Azure 2Here you see the Registered DPM Server for the Backup Vault in Windows Azure.

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Installing and Configuring #WindowsAzure Backup agent part 2 of 2 Hybrid #Cloud

WAB Icone

After we Created a self-signed certificate :

  • Download the Certificate Creation Tool (makecert.exe) from the TechNet Gallery.
  • Open an elevated command prompt (with Administrator privileges) and navigate to the location where makecert.exe is stored. Then type:
    makecert.exe -r -pe -n CN=CertificateName -ss my -sr localmachine -eku -len 2048 -e 01/01/2016 CertificateName.cer
    The certificate will be created and stored in the same location.
  • In the vault, click Manage Certificate to upload the .cer file that contains the public key. Note the following:
    • If you register the server you used to run makecert.exe, you can browse for the certificate using the Register Server Wizard (after installation of the agent).
    • If you want to register a server that was not used to run makecert.exe, you must export the .pfx file (containing the private key) from that server, and copy it to the server you want to register, and import it into the Personal certificate store on that server. After the import, you can browse for the certificate using the Register Server Wizard (after installation of the agent).

Certificate Upload WAB

Upload here your Created certificate for your Windows Azure Backup Vault.


Select your Certificate and the Backup Vault of Windows Azure Backup.


Click on Generate Passphrase and enter the location.


The Windows Azure Backup Agent is registering the Server in Windows Azure Backup Vault.


Now you are ready to backup and restore for this Server to the Cloud 😉

In the next view steps you see how we make a Backup Schedule, Backup Now and make a restore :

Here you see the step by step installation of a schedule Backup with Windows Azure Backup Agent :

Schedule WAB 1

Click on Next to get started.

Schedule WAB 2

Browse and select your data for the Backup Job.

Schedule WAB 3

Specify the Backup time(s)

Schedule WAB 4

Set your retention time, you can choose of 7, 15 or 30 Days

Schedule WAB 5

Confirmation of the Backup Schedule, Click on Finish.

Schedule WAB 6

The scheduled Backup Job is successfully Created.

You can also make a Backup NOW with the following steps :

Backup Now WAB 1

Click on Backup

Backup Now WAB 2

The agent is taking a snapshot

Backup Now WAB 3

Backup is running and data is transferring to Windows Azure Backup Vault.

Recovery Point in WAB

The recoverypoint is made in Windows Azure Backup Vault.

The most important thing of a backup is that you can restore your data 🙂

Here you have the step by step procedure of restoring your data from Windows Azure Backup Vault (Cloud) :

Restore WAB 1

Specify the Server for restore.

Restore WAB 2

Click Next for Browsing for Files to Select for Restore.

Restore WAB 3

Select your date of the recovery point.

Restore WAB 4

Select the items to recover.

Restore WAB 5

Select the destination for the recovery job.

Restore WAB 6

Confirmation of the recovery Job, Click on Recover.

Restore WAB 7

The Recovery Job is transferring the selected data from Windows Azure Backup Vault.

Restore WAB 8

The Restore Job is successfully restored and I have my Photo’s back 🙂


Installing and Configuring #WindowsAzure Backup agent part 1 of 2 Hybrid #Cloud

Test Backup 1

Download the Windows Azure Backup Agent here.

Test Backup 2You can choose out of two agents to download.

Test Backup 2aWindows Azure Backup installer

Test Backup 3

Accept the Terms and press OK

Test Backup 4

The installer Checks if Windows Powershell is available.

Test Backup 5

Choose your installation folder and your Cache location.

Test Backup 6

The Installation is finished.

Test Backup 7

There is your Windows Azure Backup Shell and Windows Azure Backup program.

Test Backup 8

First you have to register the Server

Test Backup 9

Use proxy settings when your server is behind that proxy.

 Test Backup 9a

Windows Azure Recovery Services encompasses a set of Windows Azure vaults that
help to protect your organization from data loss, and aid in continuity of
operations. Vaults are used to store and protect information that is specified
as part of your recovery services configuration.

How to Manage and Create vault certificates for Windows Azure Backup Services you can find here


First look at Microsoft #WindowsAzure Backup Services Preview

Backup VAULT Online 0

Go to your Microsoft Windows Azure Management Portal and login :

  1. Click on NEW
  2. Click on Data Services
  3. Click on Recovery Services
  4. Click on Backup Vault
  5. Click on Preview Program

WindowsAzure Backup Services

Sign up and you are Active.

Backup VAULT Online 1

Create your Backup Vault

Backup VAULT Online 2

And from here you are ready to GO with your Backup from and to the Cloud 🙂

Backup VAULT Online 3

Overview Dashboard Backup Services.

Billing Backup Services

Here you will find the Microsoft Pricing Details of Windows Azure Service

I Can’t wait to backup my Server and making restore procedures with Windows Azure Backup Services !