Microsoft Windows Admin Center
Microsoft Windows Admin Center is a web based App working in your modern browser like Edge or Chrome to manage your datacenter infrastructure. You can download it here
You can manage Windows Servers, Windows10 Desktops, Clusters, Hyperconverged Clusters, Storage Spaces Direct and more in a Hybrid environment and that’s what I like.
My Servers can be on-premises or in the Cloud like Azure and will manage them with Windows Admin Center.
Here you find all the Microsoft documentation about Windows Admin Center
Windows Admin Center and Azure backup integration
When you have Windows Admin Center running you can register with Microsoft Azure first in the settings of Windows Admin Center.
Register to your Azure Subscription, just follow the instructions.
Install Azure Backup Extension at Available extensions.
From here the basic settings are done and we will have a look at my MVP LAB to backup a virtual Server.
Windows Admin Center in Domain MVPLAB.CLOUD
I have selected stormtrooper01.mvplab.cloud Windows Server 2019 and on the left Azure Backup.
You can read here more about Microsoft Azure Backup
Click on setup Azure Backup.
Here you select the Azure Subscription and the Backup Vault
and this will be a system state backup.
Next Step is Backup Schedule and Encryption key.
IMPORTANT: Keep this Encryption key somewhere save !
You need this key for recovery and Microsoft does not have access to that key.
Azure Backup Schedule settings.
When you apply here it will setup the Azure backup agent and your policies.
Backup is scheduled.
Here I did the Backup by hand.
Here you see the backup in the Azure Backup Vault.
Backup done via Windows Admin Center 😉
Here you see a video from Microsoft Mechanics at Ignite with Jeff Woolsey
Don’t forget to give feedback or great ideas !