In a previous article, I explained how to install Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS). Today, I'll describe the post-installation tasks and show you how to back up and restore data with MABS v2.

Verify server registration ^

First off, you need to make sure to register the server to Azure successfully, and to do so, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Recovery Services vault created in the previous post.
    Recovery Services vault overview

    Recovery Services vault overview

  2. Under Manage, navigate to Backup Infrastructure -> Backup Management Servers. Here, you should see the server on which you're installing MABS with some information about Backup Management Type, Version, and Azure Backup Agent Version.
    Verify the registered MABS

    Verify the registered MABS

  3. You can also click on Connect to download a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) file from which you can RDP to the MABS server.

Verifying your installation ^

After you verify registration of the server at the Recovery Services vault, you can check the following:

  1. Open the MABS console. There should be a shortcut on the desktop.
  2. After you run the console, you might notice a warning as shown in the screenshot below. This warning is mainly because the backup agent is outdated. You have to open the URL in the previous figure, download the agent, and follow the steps to update it, which is very straightforward.
    Microsoft Azure Backup Agent warning

    Microsoft Azure Backup Agent warning

  3. Also, make sure to update the server OS and applications.

Install the backup agent ^

By now, you should be good to go and can start installing the backup agent on the servers you wish to back up. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. At the MABS console, navigate to Management and click Add.
    MABS management pane

    MABS management pane

  2. A new wizard opens up wherein you need to specify against what you want to push the backup agent. Please note that in this article, I'll be covering Windows servers; the procedure is different with VMware servers.
    Select production server type

    Select production server type

  3. On the next screen, you need to select the agent deployment method:
    1. Install agents: The computers should be in the same Active Directory domain. Make sure a firewall isn't blocking access.
    2. Attach agents: In this case, you install the agent manually on the target computers, recommended for computers behind a firewall or in another domain or workgroup.
    Select the agent deployment method

    Select the agent deployment method

  4. After that, you need to specify which computers you want to install the agent on.
    Select the computers on which to install the protection agents

    Select the computers on which to install the protection agents

  5. The next screen will ask you to specify a domain account with administrative privileges on the computers you want to install the agent on.
    Enter the credentials for a domain account with administrative privileges

    Enter the credentials for a domain account with administrative privileges

  6. Since the agent will require a computer reboot, you will have to define whether to restart the agent automatically after installation or do it manually.
    Choose the restart method after the agent installation

    Choose the restart method after the agent installation

  7. On the next screen, you should see a summary of the tasks specified in the wizard so far. After you are sure everything is in the right place, click on Install.
  8. After a successful installation, you should see the next screen.
    Successful installation of the agent

    Successful installation of the agent

Add disk storage ^

You now have to specify disk storage for local and short-term backups:

  1. Open the MABS console and navigate to Management.
  2. Click on Disk Storage, specify the volumes you want to use, and assign a friendly name:
    Add disk storage to MABS

    Add disk storage to MABS

Create a protection group ^

A protection group is a wallet for different data sources that share similar backup and restore settings. Data sources can be volumes, apps, shared folders, virtual machines, and so on. Follow these steps:

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  1. Open the MABS console, navigate to Protection, and click on New.
    MABS protection pane

    MABS protection pane

  2. A new wizard opens up with a welcome screen. Click on Next to proceed.
  3. The next screen will ask you to specify the protection group type—whether it is for servers or clients (laptops and desktops), as shown in the following figure.
    Select protection group type

    Select protection group type

  4. Specify the volumes you want to back up. You can also select only subfolders.
    Select the protection group members

    Select the protection group members

  5. The next screen will ask you to select the data protection method and specify a name for the protection group. There are two methods: using disks for short-term retention and the cloud for long term. I'll select both.
    Select the data protection method

    Select the data protection method

  6. After that, you need to specify short-term goals for disk-based protection:
    1. Retention range: Specify the period to retain the backed-up data on the disks.
    2. Synchronization frequency: Specify the period after which to back up changes to the data source.
    3. Recovery points: Specify the times to schedule recovery points (snapshots) from the data source.
    Specify short term goals

    Specify short term goals

  7. Then you need to review the disk storage allocation.
    Review disk storage allocation

    Review disk storage allocation

  8. In the next step, specify the replica creation method. You can replicate automatically at certain times or manually. You can transfer the data manually if you have large amounts of data and want to avoid network performance problems.
    Choose a replica creation method

    Choose a replica creation method

  9. On the next screen, you need to specify the consistency check settings. You can run consistency checks if a replica becomes inconsistent or at scheduled times.
    Consistency check options

    Consistency check options

  10. Next, specify the volumes you want to back up to Azure.
    Specify online protection data

    Specify online protection data

  11. After that, you need to specify the online backup schedule.
    Specify the online backup schedule

    Specify the online backup schedule

  12. On the next screen, specify your retention plans and modify the schedules according to your needs.
    Specify the online backup schedule

    Specify the online backup schedule

  13. Then you need to specify the online replication method for the initial backup:
    1. Automatically over the network: For small to medium-sized backups.
    2. Offline Backup: For massive amounts of data. You can check this article for more information.
    Select the online replication method

    Select the online replication method

  14. Finally, the wizard will summarize every setting you have specified so far, so you can review all the selections.
    Protection group summary

    Protection group summary

  15. After the wizard finishes, you should see the following screen.
    Task results

    Task results

  16. When the replication starts, you will see the next screen:
    Replica creation in progress

    Replica creation in progress

  17. After creation of the replica, everything should be green.
    Consistent replication status

    Consistent replication status

2 Comments
  1. rahul 3 years ago

    can we take a backup  workload running on azure using azure backup server

  2. Karan Ghadge 2 years ago

    Hi 

    Thanks for this info . Just wanted to know where does the data gets stored on Azure. Can see that data getting travelled over there 

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