Azure backup pricing just dropped by between 22-78% depending on the amount of data that you’ll be storing. This has made it a very reasonably priced and good option for file and folder backup of servers or PC’s and Azure virtual machines. For SMB it requires no VPN and no System Center. It is secure through certificate and credentials both of which are generated during setup. Data is encrypted in transit and at rest in Azure.
Sample pricing: 50GB $6.44 $22 500GB, $44 1TB plus $10 per month for the software license per machine. If you are backing up less that 50GB your software license cost drops to $5.
I will be using Azure to backup critical folders on servers as well as to capture data on travelling laptops (although at this time I have not found a retry should the laptop miss it’s backup window on a particular day. Right now I’m mitigating that by selecting multiple times per day but I hope to find a more elegant solution)
Azure’s documentation is very good so I’m not going to reinvent it but rather point you to all of the wonderful resources that are available.
You can use Microsoft Azure Backup to back up content stored on fixed NTFS volumes. It cannot be used in the following situations:
- Volume is locked by BitLocker Drive Encryption. If BitLocker is enabled on the volume, the volume must be unlocked before it can be backed up.
- Volume is not formatted with NTFS.
- Drive type is not fixed.
- Volume is read-only.
- Volume is not currently online.
- Volume is on a network share.
How to Setup and Configure: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/backup-configure-vault/
Using Powershell Management Features https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831765.aspx
TechNet listing of Azure Backup Events and Errors http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/10183.azure-backup-errors-and-events-portal.aspx
Where to find the Event Logs. Log: Cloudbackup/Operational, Source: CloudBackup
Not everything is contained in the event logs. There are 3 other logs in C:\program files\Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent\Temp folder on the PC. Here the log that you might need is the big one, CBEngineCurr.errlog This log contains the step-by-step data transit information. If there’s a problem it’ll be in this log.
Troubleshooting KB Article https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/hh831407.aspx
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