The Azure Recovery Services vault is where all of your backup and data are stored. Learn how to create the vault and the various options to help showcase the value.
- [Narrator] So let's go ahead and create probably the most important thing that you'll need to create inside of azure business continuity solutions and that's the recovery services vault. Now you notice on my left hand quick list here, I have recovery services vault. You most likely will not have this in your azure subscription. You have to mark this as your favorite. Let me show you how to do this. Cause this works pretty much for every azure resource that you're going to use in leverage inside of your azure subscription. So I'm going to go ahead and click on more services. It'll have all the different azure resources available to you from compute, web and mobile.
But the one I want is storage. You'll find recovery services inside of storage. And you notice that I have recovery services vault. And I have a gold star next to it. I've marked that as a favorite. And what that does it pins it over to my left so I can find it easily. Now a word of advice to you, when you first set up your azure subscription, get rid of the clutter. Only put the things that are important to you and the resources you'll learn to use. Once again focus your environment and it's going to be just a world a good for you. Now you'll also notice here you have backup vaults inside recovery vaults, classic.
Those are the previous versions of this, they still work so if you've done this in the past and you've worked with azure backup in the past, chances are you'll find all that information here. But moving forward, you want to create all your new stuff inside of azure with the azure resource manager and user recovery services vault. So I've already pinned this. So I'm going to go ahead and close that screen down and scroll back up to my list and choose recovery services vault. You'll notice here that I already have a couple of recovery services vaults. You'll see in other modules in the course. So let me go ahead and create one. So I'm going to go ahead and say add. Give it a second to chug and it's going to come up with what do you want to call it.
I'm just going to call mine azure backup. I'm going to tie it to my MSDN subscription. If you have developers inside your organization or business they can leverage their MSDN subscription for free azure benefits. It comes apart of that subscription process. For mine in particular, I have $150.00 a month I get to spend in azure as a part of the development process. However, lets be very clear the MSDN environment is for dev and testing only. So, if you have a production environment and you want the full production feel, you'll have to choose your legitimate azure subscription or your pay for azure subscription that you'll have here.
Now underneath this I have a resource group. Now, resource groups are a little bit beyond the scope of this course but at the end of the day its a bucket of resources that allows us to put things that have common things in place, like life cycle, permissions, and policies. Generally speaking with backup, I personally like to create a brand new resource group. Now I've already done that. So I'm going to use an existing one. Pretty much the process is identical. If you do choose to create a new one, you'll just have to give it a name and azure does the rest automatically for you. The next one is location. Now this is very important.
You want to make sure you get this right because moving the location after the fact you're going to lose your historical backup. So always pick the location your going to start and work with moving forward for your production environments. You want to be very just cautious of this decision. Not a big deal, but make sure you know where you're putting your data. I'm going to choose South Central US, which is in San Antonio, Texas. But you'll see there is a lot of other locations you can choose from based on where your businesses needs are. Once again looking at recovery goals where's the data going to need to be. So if you have a branch office in Australia and you're backing up the servers, I would choose one of the Australian regions.
Why? Cause it's going to be closer for them and easier for them to get ahold of that data. But for me, I'm just going to leave it on South Central. I'm going to check this thing that says pin to the dashboard. That's your main azure dashboard. It'll be on that front screen. Always recommend pin your most common resources to it, that way you don't have to go hunting for them after the fact. Also, if you do this over and over again, maybe you're a managed service provider and you deliver azure solutions to your customers. You have a full automation option. Not going to hop into that today, but what it allows you to do is basically create a script so you can repeat this process over and over and over again in a variety of languages from PowerShell, I think JSONs in there as well.
You have the ability to do those types of things. For me, I'm just going to go ahead and click on create. I'm going to go ahead and create this backup vault. Now it's going to take just a second. And you notice it says the deployment started. You can actually see it already pinned to my dashboard here. It'll take just a moment, its going to come up. And once its created it's going to hop me right inside of my azure recovery vault and my recovery services vault that I'll use for the rest of the demos. You're going to see this whole environment built from the ground up. And how I actually install the backup agents and work with it. Well, eureka! Looks like we have success.
Now, I'll tell you this recovery services vault is pretty boring to begin with. There's nothing there, you'll see a bunch of zero's. I haven't configured anything, it's all set up. Now one thing I want to point out to you, is if I go down to backup infrastructure. So if I just scroll down my settings options and choose backup infrastructure and choose backup configuration. You'll notice that a fault here is Geo-redundant data. Remember this could possibly add cost to this, but it's set up. Now why do I point this out? Because if you start backing up data you're locked into this choice.
This is one of those decisions before you do anything else, know whether you want to have local redundant backups just in one data center region or do you want to have it geo-redundant so in case something happens to the one region you have a copy of the data in another region. Just something I want to point out, backup infrastructure and backup configuration. So I'm going to go ahead and close those blades down. So I can get back to the environment. So, once again you have your backup infrastructure down here in the bottom where you can control geo-redundancy or local redundancy. But a couple other properties I just want to point out and we'll be done with creating a recovery services vault.
First off, if you go into properties you'll have the ability to update some security so if you want to institute some multifactor authentication like call your phone via multifactor before somebody can access this. You have some abilities to help secure this a little bit more. But you also have the ability to download the recovery agent, which is also the backup agent. As well as your vault credentials here. Now, I very rarely go into the actual azure backup property screen. The one you're looking at right now to get my vault credentials and/or my agent. There's other ways to do this that are all part of the natural process. Which you'll see in other videos.
So once again, the most critical concept of business continuity solutions with azure, is the recovery services vault. This is where all your stuff is and it's where you're going to get to see all this information store as we start to leverage and use this azure backup recovery services vault for the very first time.
- Examining platform choices
- Creating the Recovery Services vault
- Installing the agent
- Configuring the agent
- Installing Azure Backup Server
- Configuring Azure Backup Server
- Testing failover