Azure Backup and SCDPM

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  1. With the latest update, customers can specify daily, weekly, monthly and yearly retention policies. Customers can now retain their data for

    With the latest update, customers can specify daily, weekly, monthly and yearly retention policies. Customers can now retain their data for up to 99 years in Azure! If you are using tapes to address your long term retention needs – this release provides a compelling value prop to use Azure to address your backup and long term retention needs.

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    • Use Azure site recovery services to backup azure vms to another data centre

      Currently having to setup a manual process of backing up vm's to a DR in a separate subscription and region. It would be nice if could use azure site recovery services to do this.

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      • NDMP

        NDMP support for Azure backup

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        • Enhance VM's 'config' backup to include more metadata

          The config.json file included with an Azure VM's backup state does not include metadata about the 'availability set' nor the attached NIC card resources. In order to allow the freedom to re-create the same VM state from a backup, this additional metadata is necessary.

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          • Add in alias for protected servers

            I use a Recovery Services vault to backup files using the Azure Backup tool. I am currently backing up 4 different servers.

            These servers have a randomly generated name, e.g. SVR-748398, SVR-347583, SVR-192938, so in the portal when I look under Backup Items > Azure Backup Agent these names are listed here under the Protected Servers.

            The problem is that these names are not clear which is which. So if there is an alert that a backup has failed, it is difficult to know which server failed.

            The could be solved by allowing the option to set an alias for…

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            • make Azure backup Client (MARS) availble to backup UNIX servers

              Make is possible to use Azure backup Client (MARS) on UNIX servers. To backup UNIX to the Azure cloud.
              We have a lot of local UNIX servers and it would be great if we can use Azure backup.

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              • Increase the limit of data disk number supported by azure backup

                Azure backup supports up to 16 data disks attached to an Azure virtual machine for backup. Please remove the restriction or match the max data disks for G series

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                • Make It Easier to Add Exclusions

                  Suppose I was backing up drives C:, D:, E: and F: and I wanted to add exclusions for file types *.flv, *.mov, *.mp3, *.pst* and *.tmp. In the job configuration I have to manually add:
                  C: - *.flv
                  C: - *.mov
                  C: - *.mp3
                  C: - *.pst
                  C: - *.tmp
                  D: - *.flv
                  D: - *.mov
                  D: - *.mp3
                  D: - *.pst
                  D: - *.tmp
                  E: - *.flv
                  etc. etc.
                  F: - *.tmp

                  Please add the option for global excludes across all drives!

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                  • Make Offline Seed Backup A One Step Process - Why Stage It First?

                    When you want to seed your initial backup using the Azure Import Service you have to do a backup to a disk first (obviously). However, this is a 2 step process:

                    1 - The backup is done to a Staging area
                    2 - The backup is then copied to the disk you want to ship to Microsoft

                    Why do we have to stage the backup first? Why can't the backup be done straight to the disk you want to send to Microsoft?

                    When you are working with terabytes of data this is very time consuming.

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                    • Exclude temp disk in Azure Backup Server

                      If running the Azure Backup Server to protect IaaS VMs, there should be an option to globally exclude the temp drives on those VMs. Otherwise the process of excluding that disk is a very manual task for every protected server.

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                      • Enabling Online Backup on a Secondary DPM Server

                        We would like to enable Online Backup on a secondary DPM Server.
                        The Scenario is the following:
                        We have several small branches connected to a Datacenter using MPLS connection, the branch offices do not have direct Internet access, the Internet access is shared through the Datacenter.
                        We have one DPM server in each site and a secondary DPM server in the Datacenter, therefore we would like to enable Online Backup to Azure on the secondary DPM server and not on the primary.
                        This is very important scenario that is holding back the customer to use Azure as Offsite/secure location.
                        Thank…

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                        • 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.

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                          • Why we can't restore backup instantly as previously we use to restore with the tool of VMware.

                            Why we can't restore vm backup instantly as we use to do so with the help of VMware tool.

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                            • How To View Files/Folder Differential Backup Details?

                              There should be an option or a log of the detailed files/folders added/changed in the differential backups especially for daily backups.

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                              • DPM 2016 and VHD Sets

                                Would like DPM 2016 to support backing up VHD Sets.

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                                • Utilization of SQL performance and compression features for SQL backups

                                  Protect SQL databases using SQL compression and optimization parameters. We've got a huge optimization in backup time and backup file size executing backups using SQL Server instead of DPM.

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                                  • Make classic vault backup available on new portal (reseller perspective)

                                    The issue I have experienced is as a CSP we have issued out an azure subscription solely for the purpose of Azure backups. The end user only has a DC (no VM'S etc...) which Azure backups cant be installed on.
                                    The Azure subscription can only be used on the latest portal.
                                    On the old portal Classic vault was available and worked on a DC, but due to the subscription not being available on the old portal, it cant be used.
                                    Currently there is no work around for this... the end user has to purchase the subscription from Microsoft.

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                                    • Can we revert back and set retention policy to 1 for MARS agent?

                                      Security features enhanced the safety of Azure Backup, on the other hand, the retention policy specification in Azure Backup Agent had changed as follows:

                                      ・For daily retention, minimum seven days of retention should be done
                                      ・For weekly retention, minimum four weeks of retention should be done
                                      ・For monthly retention, minimum three months of retention should be done
                                      ・For yearly retention, minimum one year of retention should be done

                                      Like we used to, can we set the minimum value of retention policy of MARS agent to [1] (One day, one week and one month)?

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                                      • MARS failure after 2016 RU2

                                        After installing RU2 on DPM 2016 Servers, I can't edit PGs that have Online protection. The error (attached) states that the MARS agent is out of date. It's version 2.0.9062.0 which is the latest available as of 5 mins ago. Online Recovery Point jobs seem to be working properly.

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                                        • DPM and Azure Backup Server - Reduce the severty of the alert ID 33344

                                          This alert is about skipped backups due to the last disk backup already backed to cloud.
                                          The severity of this alert should be modified, from critical to warning.

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