Tag - Azure Backup

Three ways to protect your customer’s on-premises data with Azure: Part 3 – Azure Site Recovery

In the previous two posts we looked at: Azure Backup (using the MARS agent) Azure Backup Server (free DPM server) Those two solutions are markedly different from one another, but they both basically provide some kind of backup. The former does only file, folder & system state information--no application data is...
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Three ways to protect your customer’s on-premises data with Azure: Part 2 – Azure Backup Server

In the previous post, we looked at Azure Backup using the MARS agent, which can only do file, folder & system state data, and must be configured on the local machine. As you may already be aware, there are no local backup copies in that solution--you would need to provide...
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Three ways to protect your customer’s on-premises data with Azure: Part 1 – Azure Backup with MARS

In this series we will explore three different Azure solutions, all of which are aimed at one objective: Protecting your organization's (or your customer's organization's) critical data. You might use just one of these, or any combination of them, in your own DR plan--but you will want to choose the right...
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Is Azure Backup as good as offline backup?

I am posing this question, not just for Azure Backup, but any cloud-based backup. Here's the question: Is Azure Backup (or any cloud-based backup for that matter) as good as having an offline backup?

The Benefits of Azure / Cloud Backup

Certainly one of the biggest benefits of a cloud-based backup is that...
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Tutorial: How to setup and configure Microsoft Azure Backup Server, part 2: configuring

In the previous post, we discussed Microsoft Azure Backup Server, and covered the basic setup/installation process for this software. In today's article, we will cover configuration of the software.

Pre-requisites

We have covered almost everything in the previous article, but to review, and to begin moving forward with configuration: Obviously, you need...
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Tutorial: How to setup and configure Microsoft Azure Backup Server, part 1: installation

Microsoft Azure Backup comes in two basic flavors: Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent (MARS) Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) Both are free downloads from Microsoft, and both allow you to configure backup from on-premises servers to the Microsoft Azure cloud. Whereas the MARS agent is installed directly on the server you...
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How to Setup and Configure Azure Backup for File, Folder and System State Protection

Until very recently, the Azure Backup agent only supported file and folder backup from an on-premises server to the cloud. We now have support for System State protection added to this list, so we will cover how to configure that today. Azure Backup also offers other ways to protect your...
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Tutorial: How-to Setup Azure Site Recovery using Windows Server Essentials, Part 1: Pre-requisites

Windows Server Essentials (or the Essentials Experience role) can be leveraged to quickly provision and enable a full Disaster Recovery site in the cloud using built-in Azure integration features. The solution is composed of two Azure products: Azure Virtual Network and Azure Site Recovery. I have previously...
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A tale of two solutions: Azure VMs vs. On-prem Server

I've been studying two different solutions to the same small business problem for a while now, and I think it is high time I finally published an article on it. I run into a fair number of clients who are interested in moving 100% of their services "to the cloud."...
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