You can use Azure Backup to protect your Windows Server from corruptions, attacks, and disasters. Azure Backup provides a lightweight tool known as the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent. The MARS agent is installed on the Windows Server to protect files and folders, and server configuration info via Windows Server System State. This tutorial explains how you can use MARS Agent to back up your Windows Server to Azure. In this tutorial you learn how to:
Log in to the Azure portal at http://portal.azure.com.
Before you can back up Windows Server, you must create a place for the backups, or restore points, to be stored. A Recovery Services vault is a container in Azure that stores the backups from your Windows Server. Follow the steps below to create a Recovery Services vault in the Azure portal.
On the left-hand menu, select All services and in the services list, type Recovery Services. Click Recovery Services vaults.
On the Recovery Services vaults menu, click Add.
In the Recovery Services vault menu,
Once your vault is created, it appears in the list of Recovery Services vaults.
The Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent creates an association between Windows Server and your Recovery Services vault. The following procedure explains how to download the agent to your server.
From the list of Recovery Services vaults, select myRecoveryServicesVault to open its dashboard.
On the vault dashboard menu, click Backup.
On the Backup Goal menu:
Click Prepare Infrastructure to open the Prepare infrastructure menu.
On the Prepare infrastructure menu, click Download Agent for Windows Server or Windows Client to download the MARSAgentInstaller.exe.
The installer opens a separate browser and downloads MARSAgentInstaller.exe.
Before you run the downloaded file, click the Downloadbutton on the Prepare infrastructure blade to download and save the Vault Credentials file. This file is required for connecting the MARS Agent with the Recovery Services Vault.
The Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent Setup Wizardappears. As you go through the wizard, provide the following information when prompted and click Register.
Your user name and password details if you use an authenticated proxy.
At the end of the wizard, click Proceed to Registration and provide the Vault Credentials file you downloaded in the previous procedure.
When prompted, provide an encryption passphrase to encrypt backups from Windows Server. Save the passphrase in a secure location as Microsoft cannot recover the passphrase if it is lost.
You use the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services agent to schedule when backups to Azure, occur on Windows Server. Execute the following steps on the server where you downloaded the agent.
Open the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services agent. You can find it by searching your machine for Microsoft Azure Backup.
In the Recovery Services agent console, click Schedule Backupunder the Actions Pane.
Click Next to navigate to the Select Items to Back up page.
Click Add Items and from the dialog box that opens, select System State and files or folders that you want to back up. Then click OK.
On the Specify Backup Schedule (System State) page, specify the time of the day, or week when backups need to be triggered for System State and click Next
On the Select Retention Policy (System State) page, select the Retention Policy for the backup copy for System State and click Next
You have established the schedule when backup jobs run. However, you have not backed up the server. It is a disaster recovery best practice to run an on-demand backup to ensure data resiliency for your server.
In the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services agent console, click Back Up Now.
On the Back Up Now wizard, select one from Files and Folders or System State that you want to back up and click Next
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