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  1. Support for SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance (FCI) using Storage Spaces Direct

    Microsoft currently only supports backing up SQL AlwaysOn availability groups for high availability with the new Recovery Services Vault SQL Server in Azure VM (Preview). SQL AlwaysOn requires the Enterprise edition of SQL which is very expensive. SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance (FCI) using Storage Spaces Direct is another option for high availability in Azure IaaS however it is currently a public preview limitation and is not high on the list for the GA product improvement list. You can setup SQL FCI using the Standard version of SQL so would save SMB customers a lot of money in licensing costs.

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    1 comment  ·  SQL in IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Use TAGS for selecting Backup schedule/policy

    Today, I like to use TAGS to identify who owns a VM, where charges should go, who to contact for support, etc. I'd like to be able to use a tag to determine AUTOMATICALLY what backup schedule/policy to use. Veeam has an option to do that based on vSphere tags. I'd like to propose that as an enhancement if it's not already in the works. Thanks.

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    1 comment  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Multiple schedules of synchronization job

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

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    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Azure VPN gateway should support MARS agent backup

    Currently, Azure VPN gateway only support IaaS service, like Azure VM. We hope Azure VPN gateway can support MARS agent backup.

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    0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. 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

    60 votes
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    under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Specify alert mail for Recovery Services vault Data deletion

    Currently, when we delete Azure Backup data in Recovery Services vault, the alert Email will be received within the subscription range.
    We want to specify this Email address. Because we can specify alert Email address, Email will not be sent to unrelated accounts on subscription.
    And we can avoid the impact of sending information to accounts that don’t need alert emails due to security issues.

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    0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Change Resource Group for restorePointCollections

    "Microsoft.Compute/restorePointCollections are store in a special ressource group named : AzureBackup<Region><number>.

    The good idea could be to be able to configure an other RG for each Recovery Service Vault to store restorePointCollections.

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    4 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. 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!

    56 votes
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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Add Azure Backup Extension for FreeBSD

    It would be great to also have the Azure Backup Extension for FreeBSD. This would allow backups for FreeBSD but also for appliances based on FreeBSD. (example: pfSense)

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  10. Changing the managed disk name at the time of restore

    Please add the capability of changing the managed disk name.
    Fixed name makes it difficult to manage.

    53 votes
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    0 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. When there is a problem with the backup target file, skip and backup other files. Also, please implement a detailed log that can be confirme

    Normally, files locked by other applications are skipped, backups are taken, and skipped files are written in the log.
    However, other than the above cases (such as file corruption), the backup job stuck and an Issue occurred that the backup did not end. (In this case it was Active for over a week)
    If backup does not progress due to file check etc. for a certain period of time, please skip the backup of the corresponding file, and please implement "detailed log" is kept as to "which file" and "reason".
    Also, since skipped files can currently only be checked on…

    52 votes
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    0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Longer Term Retention of Backups for Azure File Shares

    I have set up an Azure File Share and configured a daily backup. But the retention period for daily backup is only 120 days. I need a way to retain backups for a longer period of time for compliance and archival purposes. Quarterly backups would be fine. Is there a way I can backup a file share or a snapshot of a file share to regular Azure Backup with the availability of its longer retention periods?

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    5 comments  ·  Azure Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Option to delete specific recovery points

    Add an option to delete individual recovery points. Alternatively if that is not possible add option to continue purging old backups according to the backup policy after server has been deleted\renamed\migrated (VNET migration).

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    2 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Feature Request: Email Notification in MARS Agent

    We want to have "Email Notification" option in MARS Agent. Also, please help to improve sync consistency with System State backup to Azure Portal as it shows wrong information sometime

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    4 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. 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.

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  16. Blob storage - Add a Backup & Restore feature

    Regarding the blob, geo-replication is very cool for the HA side, but it is not a backup.

    It would be nice to be able to backup a blob storage on another blob storage, to cover against an accidental deletion of the storage account via the portal, or from the code by an error of a programmer by the use SDK (call API) that does not control recursion (and delete calls).

    49 votes
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    6 comments  ·  PaaS Backup  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Make it easier to delete Recovery Services Vaults used for backup

    If I backup an IaaS VM, I can't delete the vault for 14 days due to the soft-delete feature.

    I can understand the motivation - to avoid accidental deletion.

    However, this is a huge pain point in testing / training scenarios. We need the ability to fully clean up a test / training environment and start over.

    48 votes
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    2 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Ability to execute custom pre & post scripts as part of a Recovery Services backup snapshot

    Provide functionality for Recovery Services to execute Pre and Post scripts during a backup snapshot. This could allow applications and databases to be consistently quiesced on non-VSS enabled operating systems like Linux. Perhaps this could be built into the WAAgent Backup Extension and provide accompanying templates scripts to guide users through the process.

    46 votes
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    1 comment  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. multiple backups per VM per day

    You have GOT to be kidding me, you can ONLY backup an Azure VM ONCE a day?! What the heck Microsoft?! We MUST have the option to backup a VM as MANY TIMES A DAY as we choose. We are paying for the backup, the storage, and the VM so why do you guys prevent this? I feel like I am dealing with a new company in the 90's but no, its Microsoft the biggest bunch of backwards thinking company there is. This is why I go open source, only MS for clients. Because of this backwards design, my client…

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    0 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Add azure backup support for SAP ASE (Sybase)

    As Sybase license are (almost) free for HANA customers...some will use Sybase for other SAP workloads ;-)
    Backing up the whole VM and using SAP tools to do so currently is tedious and manual. How nice it would be if you could have azure backup take care of that and have the SAP ASE backup artefacts managable in azure and speed up the restore. Our Current DB sizes are 50GB - 500GBs.
    Enabling a scenario like this would help in getting SAP customers onboarded to azure.

    45 votes
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