Learn about the various backup options for workloads, data, and virtual machines, and how to configure a backup on Server 2012 R2 for data protection.
- [Narrator] Now that our back up vault has been created, we can go ahead and install the agent on our server. I will be using an Azure virtual machine to simulate an on premise server. From the virtual machine, I've already logged in to Azure, and we're looking at the back up vault we created in the last lesson. Our next step is to actually go ahead and download the agent and the vault credential. To do so, you're going to come under getting started, and you have two options, back up and site recovery. Site recovery is replicating your on premise environment to Azure.
It's a fantastic tool, but not one we're going to cover in this course. We're going to focus in on back up. I'm going to select back up, and now we're going to go ahead and choose our back up goal. The first option we have to select is where's our work load running. It'll either be Azure our on premise. Because I'm simulating an on premise environment, I'm going to go ahead and say on premise. Our next option is what do you want to back up, and you'll notice we have a whole list, and the reason this is done is depending on the components that are required will depend on your configuration in the setup.
For example, if I click on SQL server, and click OK, our steps here will be slightly different than if I had selected another work load. In this case, because I want to back up SQL server, I have a couple of options. If I'm already using System Center Data Protection Manager, I would select this option, and you'll notice that our instructions change. If I uncheck it my instructions now say I must install an Azure back up server. It is customized for the work load you are trying to back up.
In our case, we're going to just do files and folders. I'm going to remove SQL server, and click OK. You will notice now our steps have changed. Our first step is to install the Recovery Services Agent. We have two different options for downloads. We can download the agent from Windows server, or Windows client, and our second option, download the agent from Windows Server Essentials. Because I'm on Windows server, I'm going to use the first option. If you happen to be running Server Essentials, then you'll have to make sure you select the second option.
Server Essentials is a slimmed down version of Server itself. It's designed for companies with 25 to 50 users. My agent is now downloading. And while that continues to download, we'll move on to step two, which is download the vault credentials. These vault credentials are only valid for two days. Keep that in mind when you're deciding to implement this. I'm going to go ahead and click download. Now that our installer has downloaded, we can go ahead and run through the installation process.
Yes, I want to open the file. I'm going to go ahead and click run. I'm going to go ahead and leave the default installation folder and cache location folders as is. Feel free to change these. If you're behind a proxy, you can go ahead and enter in your custom proxy settings. I am not. I'm just going to go ahead and click next. I'm going to go ahead and use the Microsoft Update. This is the recommended option. Click next. All this screen is letting us know is that these are the programs that will be installed.
I'm going to go ahead and click install. Once everything has been installed completely, we can go ahead and proceed to registration. Our next step is to associate the vault credentials with this agent. I'm going to go ahead and click browse. My vault credentials were saved to the downloads folder. I'm going to select the vault credentials and then click open. This associates this server with our back up vault in Azure. Go ahead and click next.
Next, we come to the all important passphrase. You can go ahead and enter your own passphrase. I'm going to go ahead and generate one. If you are going to create your own, a minimum of 16 characters is required. What I want to point out with the passphrase is that you need this in order to restore your files to a different location, ie server. If you do not have this, you will not be able to restore your files. Microsoft will not be able to help you. You are going to want to enter a location to save this passphrase, in a secure location, and please do not save it in the folder that is being backed up to Azure.
I'm going to save it to the desktop, and go ahead and click finish. We are now registering the server with the Azure back up. Our back up agent has now been successfully installed, and is registered to our back up vault in Azure. In our next video, we're going to show you how we go ahead and configure back ups for our files and folders.
- 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