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  1. Backup On-Premises VM to Azure and Restore the VM in Azure

    When creating a new machine an Option to select an backup for restore would be great.

    1,102 votes
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      planned  ·  25 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Backup Azure PaaS resources

      Backup any Azure PaaS resource using Azure Backup. Please comment with resources you are looking backup support for.

      322 votes
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        34 comments  ·  PaaS Backup  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Migrate data from GRS to LRS

        I have an existing vault that uses GRS storage. I want to make use of the new LRS storage available. However this LRS choice is available only to new vaults created.

        I don't want to lose the data that has already been backed up to Azure. Can I migrate my data and vault from GRS storage to LRS storage?

        280 votes
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          unplanned  ·  6 comments  ·  Retention and Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 275 votes
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            planned  ·  12 comments  ·  Retention and Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Automatically upgrade MARS via Windows Update

            We have had frequent updates of the MARS agent in the last few months. The last update is required for accurate pricing based on the April 2015 changes. But there is little to prompt admins to do this. There needs to be automatic (manually prompting adds unwanted and unnecessary work) upgrades of the agents.

            246 votes
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              planned  ·  3 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Azure backup of Azure IaaS VM to a different region

              It would be ideal if we could push the Azure backup of our Azure IaaS Vms to a different region. This would give people a lot more peace of mind in the event of a datacentre failure.

              224 votes
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                started  ·  6 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Enable Full Backup/Bare Metal Recovery with Azure Backup Standalone (no DPM)

                Enhance Azure Backup to be able to support Bare Metal Recovery, Full Image backups.

                NOTE: This is without the use/requirement of DPM.
                Please refer to the following UserVoice suggestion: https://feedback.azure.com/forums/258995-azure-backup-and-scdpm/suggestions/6874594-bmr-thru-azure-backup#{toggle_previous_statuses}.

                192 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Currently there is support available for backing up System State using just the MARS Agent to recover to the same/similar hardware in case of server or software malfunction.

                  We wanted to understand the scenarios where a full server recovery cannot be achieved using Azure Site Recovery. Please share your feedback so we can review and plan this accordingly.

                • Backup as a service for Azure Stack (a.k.a Backup resource provider)

                  We waited for a backup plugin for Windows Azure Pack, which never came. As a hosting service provider and a large enterprise with dfferent departments to cater, being able to provide backup as a service is key. Please bring this resource provider with GA of Azure stack please!

                  188 votes
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                    7 comments  ·  Azure Stack  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Cross Tenant Support For Azure Backup Reporting

                    The preview for Azure Backup Reporting only supports exporting data to a storage account in the same tenant. This means that MS partners cannot use the solution - in most cases each managed customer has their own tenant.

                    The alternative approach, creating multiple instances in Power BI and pinning duplicate reports to a single dashboard will not work.

                    Please make it possible to export RSV data to a storage account in another tenant, e.g. storage account name + access key.

                    175 votes
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                      started  ·  9 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Azure Backup ReFS Support

                      Our Server 2012 R2 Essentials has all of our mission critical data stored on a set of HDDs formatted with ReFS, as would seem good practise for this sort of data.
                      Today I started a trial of Azure Backup to see if it would work as a Cloud backup solution for our server.... to no avail as I have used ReFS on the drive I want to protect.
                      Will ReFS be added in the near future? From what I have seen in forums, there has been no response to questions about Azure Backup and ReFS since 2012.
                      If it is…

                      155 votes
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                        unplanned  ·  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Azure Files Backup maximum retention increase

                        Currently Backup for Azure File shares only offers the ability to retain your daily backups up to 120 days. For compliance and continuity reasons the maximum retention range for Azure File Backup should be increased to mirror the retention range for Virtual Machines. Specifically: 9999 Daily, 9999 Weekly, 9999 Monthly, and 9999 Yearly.

                        125 votes
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                          planned  ·  7 comments  ·  Azure Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Exclude Disks from VM Backup

                          Currently it's not possible to exclude Disks from a Hyper-V VM backup. (except using the Exclude Pagefile Disk workaround) to exclude single disks from the backup.

                          The possibility to exclude disks from a hyper-v vm backup would be a great improvement in case you've really large fileservers or other workloads where another backup mechanism is in place or you simply dont want a backup because of temp data etc.

                          93 votes
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                            planned  ·  7 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable SQL database backup in MARS

                            Enable SQL database backup in MARS.

                            We would like to use MARS also to backup SQL databases.
                            Now we have to use DPM/MABS and that is overkill for only the backup.

                            We have around 180 servers with SQL databases spread over the world. And installing DPM on all these sites is overkill.

                            So we like to have the option to use MARS also for SQL database backup.

                            80 votes
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                              under review  ·  2 comments  ·  SQL in IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Ability to move Recovery Service Vault to different resource group

                              At the moment you can not move a Recovery Services Vault from one resource group to another.

                              I would like to see this feature added.

                              76 votes
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                                planned  ·  0 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow Pausing of Azure Backup

                                Pausing a large backup, particularly the initial Online backup, would have saved me 4-5 days vs. starting from scratch. Additionally, you can't throttle bandwidth while a backup is running. Pausing would should also allow a change in throttling.

                                74 votes
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                                  under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Have option to Replace Existing VM when Restoring from Azure Backup

                                  When restoring it would be great to be able to replace the existing VM you are restoring for. i.e keeping all the configuration, effectively just swapping the .Vhd's without the need to reconfigure Networks etc.

                                  55 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Multiple schedules of synchronization job

                                    For example - 15 minutes synchronization on work hours and 1 hrs synchonization after them.

                                    55 votes
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                                      under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make Consitency Check jobs Faster

                                      Time taken by Consistency check jobs have been always a pain when it comes to enterprise level backups with huge Datasources and high amount of churn. i have seen CC jobs going for days failing and restarting. We can only expect the data to grow in future which calls for a better solution for these CC jobs

                                      54 votes
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                                        under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 53 votes
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                                          under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Option to restore files without full path

                                          I need an option to restore files without full path because this can cause some paths exceed 256 character limit causing copy/move errors.

                                          46 votes
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