In this lesson, Sharon demonstrates how to download the Azure Backup Server executable, the registration key in preparation of installing the application. This will be followed by configuring the Azure Backup Server.
- [Instructor] There will be times when the Azure Backup Agent is not sufficient for your needs. You may need something with a little bit more oomph. For example, if you want to back up Hyper-V Virtual Machines, VMWare Virtual Machines, or workloads, then you can use the Azure Backup Server. In this lesson I'm going to show you how we actually set up the Azure Backup Server, and in the following lesson we will configure it. But before we jump into installing the software on the server I like to review the environment that I'm working in.
My environment contains one on-premise server that is running Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V. Within Hyper-V I have four virtual machines up and running. I have a domain controller, a SQL server, a member server, and then Azure Backup Server. These are all domain joined. The Azure Backup Server Setup will be as follows. I am using Server 20156 for the backup server. The .NET 3.5 Framework feature has already been installed.
This is a requirement for this server setup. As I've already mentioned, the server is domain joined. Again, this is a requirement for this setup. And I have already attached additional storage for the local backups. And I've configured that through disk management. The steps to install the Azure Backup Server, really is only three steps. You're going to go ahead and create a Recovery Vault in Azure. You're going to download and install the Azure Backup Server, and then you'll attach a storage.
And that sounds very easy. But each step has several components, and we're going to work through that in this lesson, the first thing I'm going to do is pop into my Windows Server 2012 R2 that is running Hyper-V. And this is that Hyper-V Server that I'm running. As you can see, we have those four servers up and running. We'll be working with the LIL_BackupServer. And I'm going to go ahead and close this remote session.
And I'm going to go ahead and open up our Azure Backup Server. It's that same server that we just saw in Hyper-V. And if we think back to our steps, the first step that we need to do is create that Azure recovery vault. I've already logged into Azure, and we can see our Azure Recovery Solutions resource group. I'm going to go ahead and open that. And for this demo I'm going to go ahead and use the recovery services vault that we created earlier. And we call that LIL_Backups.
Our next step is to go ahead and create the backup. And as before, we're going to go ahead and click on plus backup or the backup link from getting started. Whatever works for you. You'll end up in the same place. Here we're going to define where a workload is running. In this case it's going to be on premise. And we like to backup Hyper-V Virtual Machines, and this will also include VMWare, SQL, SharePoint, and Exchange.
I don't need to select all of these. I can just do the Hyper-V Virtual Machines. Next I can go ahead and prepare infrastructure. And as before we can see our steps. The difference here is that if you're already using system centered data protection manager or any other of the system center products, you will need to check that. And you'll notice that the steps change. We are just going to use the Azure Backup Server. So our first step is to download it.
And the second step is to download the vault credentials. And just as I did previously, I'm going to go ahead and download the vault credentials before I get started. I will now go ahead and download the Azure Backup Server software. Now this will take a few minutes, so be forewarned. You will be popped into Microsoft Downloads, and I'm going to go ahead and click on download. And like I said, this will take some time. So I'm just going to go ahead, select everything, and then go ahead and click next.
Once all the files have been downloaded go ahead and open up the location where those files were downloaded to. In my case, they were downloaded to my downloads folder. And before I continue along, I'm going to go ahead and close the browser window, just to make it a little bit easier to see. You can go ahead and click the Microsoft Azure Backup Server Installer. If you have a security warning, go ahead and click run. And the server installer will not extract all of those bin files that we just downloaded.
Go ahead and click next. Pick the location for these files to be extracted to. I'm going to leave the default. And go ahead and click extract. Once the files have been extracted we can go ahead and execute setup. And again, for ease, I'm going to go ahead and close the background window. Our next step is to install the Microsoft Azure Backup Server. It's the first link, go ahead and select that.
Now we can actually start running through installing the backup server software. On our welcome page go ahead and click next. There is a prerequisite check to ensure that this server can support the Azure Backup Server. Go ahead and click on check. And this'll take a moment. Our server here does meet the checks. If your server does not meet the checks you'll have to mitigate the issues and then you can continue on. Go ahead and click next. The Azure Backup Server does require a SQL database.
You can go ahead and use your own or install new instance during the setup. If you are going to use your own it will need to be 2014 SP1 or higher. We're going to go ahead and use the one that's included with setup. Therefore, I need to run the check and install. Now if you see a couple of red marks pop up, don't panic right away. These could be simple little things as they are in this case. Two of the most common errors that you're going to find here is that your system is not domain joined or you have not installed the .NET 3.5 Framework.
In this case all we need to do here is a quick reboot. So I'm going to go ahead and do that and we'll launch us again. It may take a few extra moments for your server to reboot, but once it does you can go ahead and continue along. And then I'm going to go back to the Azure Backup Server Installer. And as you recall, in my example my path was C Microsoft Azure Backup Server. So I'm going to go ahead, pop back into that folder, scroll all the way down to setup.
And we need to run through that process one more time. As before, I'm going to go ahead and close the back window, and then once again click install Microsoft Azure Backup Server, and we're going to run through this process a second time to ensure that SQL server can be installed. And as before we're going to quickly step through each of the stages. I'm going to click next on the welcome page. We're going to quickly perform our check. This should be good. One more time, it is, fantastic.
Click next again. And let's go ahead and run check and install to ensure that our instance of SQL server can be installed on this server. This was the section where we were required to reboot the server in the first pass. And that is not uncommon. Don't be shocked if you do have to do a reboot or two while installing this. And this time we have success and we're ready to go. So I'm going to go ahead, click next. It's on this page where we can change the setup for the Azure Backup Server.
Now, for our purposes and demonstration, I'm going to leave everything as is. You would want to adjust this to best meet your needs, and you'll probably change the location of these files. I'm going to go ahead and click on next. I now need to provide a password for the Microsoft DPM account. As always, I'm going to use Microsoft Update.
And we have a summary of our settings, and now we can go ahead and click install. The proxy configuration screen will look familiar. If you do have a proxy, you'll need to configure this page now. I do not. And as we saw when we installed the backup agent in a previous lesson, there is required software that will be installed. I can go ahead and click install.
Our next step is to register the server with the Azure Backup Vault. And this is the same process that we did when we installed the Azure Backup Agent. I'm going to go ahead, click next. I need to locate those vault credentials. Remember we downloaded those. Go ahead and select them. Perfect. And then we can go ahead, click next. As before, we need to generate a pass phrase.
We can either enter our own, or have one generated for us. And again, the rules don't change here. You need to enter a location to save this pass phrase, as this pass phrase is required to restore your data. And again, I cannot stress this enough. Microsoft strongly recommends that you save your pass phrase to an external location like a USB drive or network drive. For our purposes I'm going to save it to the desktop.
If you do not have this pass phrase you will not be able to restore your data. Go ahead click next. This server will now be registered with The Vault in Azure. After some time your Azure Backup Server will be set up and then your next step is to go ahead and configure for backups. And we'll be doing that in the next lesson. As you saw in this lesson, installing the Azure Backup Server isn't difficult, but there are a lot of steps to it, and it does take some time.
So keep that in mind when you do have to create an Azure Backup Server. It's not something you're going to do in 20 minutes.
- Creating a Recovery Services vault for Azure Backup
- Protecting virtual machines, files and folders, databases, workloads, and file shares
- Restoring virtual machines, files and folders, databases, workloads, and file shares
- Azure Site Recovery scenarios
- Running failover and failback tests
- Replicating an Azure virtual machine