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Verify server registration ^
First off, you need to make sure to register the server to Azure successfully, and to do so, follow these steps:
- Navigate to the Recovery Services vault created in the previous post.
- 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.
- 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:
- Open the MABS console. There should be a shortcut on the desktop.
- 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 This warning is mainly because the backup agent is outdated.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.
- 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:
- At the MABS console, navigate to Management and click Add.
- 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.
- On the next screen, you need to select the agent deployment method:
- Install agents: The computers should be in the same Active Directory domain. Make sure a firewall isn't blocking access.
- 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.
- After that, you need to specify which computers you want to install the agent on.
- The next screen will ask you to specify a domain account with administrative privileges on the computers you want to install the agent on.
- 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.
- 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.
- After a successful installation, you should see the next screen.
Add disk storage ^
You now have to specify disk storage for local and short-term backups:
- Open the MABS console and navigate to Management.
- Click on Disk Storage, specify the volumes you want to use, and assign a friendly name:
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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- Open the MABS console, navigate to Protection, and click on New.
- A new wizard opens up with a welcome screen. Click on Next to proceed.
- 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.
- Specify the volumes you want to back up. You can also select only subfolders.
- 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.
- After that, you need to specify short-term goals for disk-based protection:
- Retention range: Specify the period to retain the backed-up data on the disks.
- Synchronization frequency: Specify the period after which to back up changes to the data source.
- Recovery points: Specify the times to schedule recovery points (snapshots) from the data source.
- Then you need to review the disk storage allocation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Next, specify the volumes you want to back up to Azure.
- After that, you need to specify the online backup schedule.
- On the next screen, specify your retention plans and modify the schedules according to your needs.
- Then you need to specify the online replication method for the initial backup:
- Automatically over the network: For small to medium-sized backups.
- Offline Backup: For massive amounts of data. You can check this article for more information.
- Finally, the wizard will summarize every setting you have specified so far, so you can review all the selections.
- After the wizard finishes, you should see the following screen.
- When the replication starts, you will see the next screen:
- After creation of the replica, everything should be green.