Azure Backup

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  1. How to know the individual storage usage of a VM or server in a Vault?

    How to know the individual storage usage of a VM or server in a Vault?

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  2. 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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    1 comment  ·  Offline Import/Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Backup on-premises SQL DB to Azure, Test-restore the DB to a SQL server running in an IaaS VM

    I want to on-premises backup SQL DBs to Azure and test the sanity of the backup point by restoring it to an Azure IaaS VM which has SQL server installed in it

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    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  SQL in IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Visualize the status of replication to Recovery Services container of GRS storage

    The following User Interfaces are required.
    · Implement the UI to check the actual operation.
    · Implement a demonstration UI.

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    0 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Azure Virtual Machine scale sets Instances should and Azure Backup service

    If scale sets are used by in Azure IAAS, it should be supported to back up its instances or single instance at least through Azure Backup service in same or other regions in a recovery vault.

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    2 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. View backup size per IaaS VM

    Currently it is only possible to see the total size of the backups in the vault.
    It would be good if we could easily see the total size of the backup data for each IaaS VM as it would give a better picture for the backup costs, which if needed will allows to change the backup policy for a VM accordingly when needed.

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    1 comment  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 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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    started  ·  1 comment  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Allow file-level restores of Encrypted Azure VMs without MARS

    Allow file-level restores of Encrypted Azure VMs without MARS

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    unplanned  ·  1 comment  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Restore managed disk VMs without Storage Account for staging

    Currently, we should specify the Storage Account for staging purpose to restore the VMs with managed disk.
    But the advantage of the managed disk is that we don't have to inform and control storage account permissions for the end users. The required RBAC permission for this operation is Storage Account Contributor which means the restore operator can perform anything for the storage account.
    This prevents the customer from being free from Storage Account management.

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    0 comments  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Azure Backup Client should support the metered connection flag a network connection

    There should be setting in the Azure Backup Client that allow the user to decide if they want the backup to run when the network connection shows that it is on a metered connection.

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    2 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. More accurate status information

    Currently the MARS client has limited categories for it's activity - ie, 'preparing storage', 'transferring data', etc.

    What would be more useful is an actual account of what it's doing. For instance, a previous inconsistent backup will lead to the next backup sitting in 'transferring data' when it's actually checking consistency. More information is needed!

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    2 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Selectively delete backups, and choice to delete backups without 14 days retention

    There are instances whereby we want a complete/selective deletion of backup data without the 14 days retention policy. Currently, when I choose to backup a particular folder on my server using the MARS agent, and decide that I want a complete wipe of that data from Azure, I have to stop the backup policy and wait for 14 days for total deletion. In-between these 14 days, I'm stuck without an option to backup to Azure if I require a clean slate.

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    0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Enable Network Throttling for Server 2008

    I know network throttling is available when you install the Azure agent on Server 2012 but can something be done for Server 2008?

    19 votes
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    1 comment  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Exclusions based on minimatch patterns

    I want to be able to exclude certain folders from backups by default and I want to be able to use wildcards to do it. Right now this is a nightmarish thing to do and the documentation is very scarce.

    Examples:

    c:\users*\sources\repos*.git\
    c:\users*\sources*
    \node_modules\
    c:\users*\sources*\obj\
    c:\users*\sources*
    \packages\
    c:\users*\sources*.vs\
    c:\users*\sources\workspaces*
    \tf$\

    c:\users*\Dropbox\
    c:\users*\OneDrive
    \
    c:\users*\Google Drive*\

    Having to manually configure these or to have scripts that try to continuously update the backup schedules on machines is madness.

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    1 comment  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Log occurrence of queue waiting time in the log.

    If the start time of backup processing and the time set in the schedule deviate due to the queue waiting time, it is possible to determine that "information on the activity log" or "job event" please record as.

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    Depending on the system, an error may occur if there is a difference between the set time and the actual processing start time. If possible, I would like to improve the situation in which the start time of the backup process and the time set in the schedule deviate by the queue waiting time, but I have recognized that it is…

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  16. Azure Backup Retention Policy - to retain X backup copies

    Instead of specifying Retention Policy in terms of time periods (retain for X days/weeks/months/years), it is also useful to keep backup in terms of numbers of copies (retain X copies).

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  17. Make System State Backup Incremental

    Can we make the backup of the System State incremental? We have several remote sites with very poor WAN links and although the incremental user data change is relatively small, the weekly System State backups range from 12-15 GB which run over a weekend and into the working week impacting the WAN link severely.

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  18. Would love to see Azure Backup support for DNS zones

    Would be great to be able to backup and restore my DNS zones. As with the file shares preview, it needs to be able to detect un-backed-up zones easily and apply backup policy across all my zones (e.g. at RG or Subscription level). Need to be able to browse individual DNS records for restore (I might just need to restore one, not the whole zone)

    19 votes
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  19. "Backup Pre-check" Status detection

    Currently we don't have any way to detect "Backup Pre-check" failure or warning. To keep backup operation in stable condition, we should have detection function.

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  20. Support Backup of VM Guest Clusters with VHD Sets

    It should be possible to backup VMs with shared VHDs. This is neccessary to relly support VM Guest Clusters.
    Furthermore it should be allowed to use these Disks as Cluster Shared Volumes in the Guest Cluster.

    18 votes
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