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  1. 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

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    under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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 →
  3. 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!

    51 votes
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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 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…

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    0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. 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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    0 comments  ·  SQL in IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. 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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  7. Display bar on progress

    It should be great if you show progress in Bar format too. So, that user can know how much backup is completed.

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    1 comment  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. 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 →
  9. ExpressRoute and Azure Backup

    Azure ExpressRoute enables me to send large amounts of data to the Azure datacenter over a private, secure, reliable and low-latency circuit. I want the ability to send my backup data over an ExpressRoute circuit

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    under review  ·  5 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Add reporting for Azure Backup Server

    Add reporting functionality using PowerBI as is currently possible for Azure VMs

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-configure-reports

    "Reports for Azure SQL, DPM and Azure Backup Server are not supported at this time."

    47 votes
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    3 comments  ·  MABS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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.

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    1 comment  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Add support for storage tiering in Azure backup

    Add support for some kind of storage tier in Azure Backup that moves older snapshot/backup copies from hot to cold storage.

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    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Retention and Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Seeding a large Azure Backup Server restore using export service

    We can seed initial backup to Azure backup Vault using the import service but we cannot seed a large restore using the Export service. Restoring a large volume of data could take several days or even weeks!

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    unplanned  ·  3 comments  ·  Offline Import/Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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.

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    0 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. 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

    37 votes
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    3 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. "MARS Agent backup time reduction performance"

    MARS Agent backup time is delayed There are many problems. Many of the causes are processing time before data transfer. I think This can be a take snapshot, checksum process, and queue time. If the performance before data transfer improves, I think that one of the problems of delay in backup time will be solved.

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    0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Include status of backup consistency for azure backups

    From the portal.azure.com web interface we can see the type of consistency for a backup. We would like to have visibility into this information through the PowerBI reports and powershell commands.

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    1 comment  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. 32 votes
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    under review  ·  5 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Unlock VMs Prior to Initiating Backups via Recovery Services Vault Job

    If you lock a resource group containing VMs as ReadOnly, VMs in that resource group will fail to backup because they are locked.

    Please provide an option to bypass ReadOnly locks for recovery services backup jobs.

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    4 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Restore VMware VMs, backuped with Azure Backup Server, in Azure

    Currently it's possible to backup VMware VMs to Azure for off-site or long term copy. It would be great if these backups could be restored in Azure as IaaS virtual machines (if the on-premises data center crashes for example).

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