Step through the process required to setup a file and folder backup on Server 2012 R2, and then learn how to restore from Azure Backup Services and get data back to the server.
- [Narrator] Once the agent has been installed and configured you can go ahead and click close. Before you do so though, we have Launch Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent already checked. If for some reason this was not checked, or you wanted to launch the agent individually after the fact, you could do so using the start button and typing in back up. I'm going to go ahead and click close. The agent will be running in the background. In my case, you cannot see it because of the bar at the bottom. I'm going to go ahead and close that.
Now I'm going to ALT tab through my open programs. For those of you who are familiar with Server, this is going to look very, very familiar to you. This is basically Server back up, and we're going to go ahead at this point and schedule our back up, select our files, do the back up, and then I'll show you how to restore those files as well. I'm going to go ahead and schedule the back up. We have our getting started screen. It lets us know the steps that we're going to be running through. We're going to step through each of those ourselves. Click next.
The first thing we're going to do is add our items to be backed up. Click on Add Items, and then select the folder that you wish to back up. I'm going to back up the data folder, and everything in it. Click OK. You can also remove items as necessary, and you can set exclusions. So, if you don't want to back up a specific file type, you would set the exclusion. I'm going to go ahead and click next. When using the Backup Agent, we can back up our data three times during the day. For our demonstration, I'm going to only do it once, but I do not want to back up at nine AM, because that is during our work day.
I'm going to set it for nine PM, and then click next. Now we can go ahead and set up a retention policy. We can set up a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly retention policy. I'm going to leave the defaults as is, and click next. Next, we can choose our initial back up type. If your back up isn't that large, or you have the time, you may opt to go ahead and back up over the network, in this case, over the Internet. If you have a large back up, let's say terabytes of data, creating an offline back up, prepping up the hard drive, moving the back up to that hard drive, and then sending that drive to the data center may be your better option.
I only have a few files. I'm going to go ahead and choose the first option. I have our confirmation screen, and then click finish. My back up schedule has been successfully created. I'm going to go ahead and click close. But before we actually start backing up the data, I want to double check the throttling. You'll find throttling in Change Properties, and it is our third tab. You can restrict the amount of bandwidth being used for your back ups.
You can restrict it based on work hours and non work hours. If you have back ups running during the day, you're probably going to want to configure this. I'm going to uncheck it, and then hit cancel. I'm going to go ahead and back up now, because I only have a couple, very small files. This will only take a moment. We're confirming that we are backing up the files within data, and then click Back Up. After a few moments, our back up has successfully completed. Again, I only have a few files here, so it didn't take that long.
I can go ahead and click close, and now I can see some details of our back up itself. So we can see that our latest copy is of today's date, and that would be the oldest copy as well. If I scroll down a little bit, we have a few more details. We can see the information about our scheduled back up itself, and you can go ahead and change the retention policy from here as well. If we need to go ahead and recover data, we can easily do this here as well. You'll come up, click on Recover Data.
You have two choices. You can recover to this server, or another server. If you're recovering to another server, you will require that passphrase. Please ensure you have a copy of it handy, and you did not back it up to the back up vault. I'm going to go ahead and use this server. Click next. I'm just going to go ahead and browse through the files. Click next. I'm going to select the volume. In my case, it's only C. I can now go ahead and select the date. Because I only have the one back up that we just did, that is the only back up that's available to me.
If there had been additional back ups, I could have gone back and pulled a later back up. I'm going to go ahead and click next. And then I'm going to go ahead and select my file. I'm going to go ahead and pull off our 2017 onboarding document, and then click next. I do not want to restore it to the original location. I'm going to restore it to another location. In this case, I'm just going to put it right on the desktop. If I was to recover it to the recovery destination where it was initially backed up from, I do have three choices.
I can create copies of both versions. I can overwrite the existing version, with the recovered version. Or I have the option to not recover items that already exist in the recovery destination. And finally, under Security Settings, we have the option to restore access control permissions if we wish to do so. I'm going to go ahead and recover to the desktop, and again, it's only the one file. It will be very quick. A confirmation is presented to us. Yes, this is what we want to do, and click Recover.
We can see that our recovery job succeeded. Yes, I do see that it says zero KB, but I do know that file has been recovered, and we can see that over here under Recovery. I'm going to go ahead and click close. We have recovery job completed, and I did save this to the desktop. Let's go to the desktop to ensure that that file has been recovered. To do so, I'm going to go ahead and use File Explorer, desktop, and I can see our C_vol is here, our data, HR, and our onboarding process, which is a file we restored.
And that's it. Using the Azure Back Up Agent for your file and folder back up and recovery is simple and easy to use, as you saw, and again, it's a very familiar interface for you. If there are different work loads that you need to back up, be sure to refer to refer to the documentation on the Azure website to step through exactly the components that are needed and understand what is required for those different types of back ups.
- Implementing storage blobs and Azure files
- Managing access
- Configuring diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics
- Enabling and viewing logs
- Implementing Azure SQL databases
- Implementing recovery services
- Creating an Azure Backup vault
- Configuring the Azure Backup agent
- Backing up and restoring files
- Backing up an Azure virtual machine