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  1. Backup for O365

    I Like to see Longtime protection in Azure Backup or System Center Data Protection Manager for Office 365 Exchange, Sharepoint services. Because today you have to buy a third party solution. There are a lot of Educational institutes around the world in the free edition of Office365 on the Campus Agreement, but backup, restore services of Office 365 is a must have. Think about backup and restore mailboxes, teamsites of Sharepoint etc. Best Regards, James

    1,624 votes
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      under review  ·  84 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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!

      191 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Azure Stack  ·  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.

        109 votes
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          under review  ·  4 comments  ·  SQL in IaaS VM  ·  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.

          87 votes
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            under review  ·  6 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 63 votes
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              under review  ·  3 comments  ·  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

              55 votes
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                under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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 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!

                  47 votes
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                    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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

                    42 votes
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                      under review  ·  5 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      28 votes
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                        under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Retention and Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 27 votes
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                          under review  ·  5 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Azure Backup + on prem Network Security Group (NSG)

                          One issue I ran into when trying to setup our backups using Recover Services Vault was connection back to the service. If we have outbound security rules for our Network Security Group, we would have to white list all of the Azure IP addresses. This was a crazy long list that we would then have to maintain. The second option was to setup a proxy, which would cost money because that would be a second machine that would have to be running. I thought it might be nice if Azure created a tag for Azure services like the ones for…

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                            under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Security and Networking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Integrate Azure Backup with Group Policy

                            We have Azure Backup (MARS) deployed to 150+ servers across the globe and we would like to see a mechanism whereby we can make a global change across all servers e.g. Group Policy.

                            For example, we now need to add a file exclusion to every job on the 150+ servers and as far as I'm aware this means connecting to each server individually and making the change.

                            26 votes
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                              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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

                              18 votes
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                                under review  ·  1 comment  ·  SQL in IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Publish Aurez Backup API with an Azure SDK

                                A backup cloud service really need a documented protocol and client side API.

                                17 votes
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                                  under review  ·  1 comment  ·  SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enable the labelling of Azure backup/restore points

                                  Allow users to label their Azure backups or restore points such that users can easily identify their backups and revert to restore points when needed

                                  16 votes
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                                    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Ability to backup Azure Automation runbooks with Azure Backup

                                    We would like to have the ability to backup "Azure Automation runbooks" with the Azure Backup service.

                                    16 votes
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                                      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  PaaS Backup  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Publish compression and churn rate for every protected source

                                      For planning and cost control it would be great to have statistics on the compression and churn rate for every ptotected source and at the vault level, if you don't hacve the time to expose them in the UI just give us a way to programmatically (webservice or POSH) access that information.

                                      15 votes
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                                        under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • on-demand backup to keep a seperate copy, along with shceduled VM backup retention

                                        there should be an option to do on-demand backup as well, even though there is a scheduled backup of VM there. this would be helpful to recover the VM to desired state , even though corresponding scheduled VM backup is lost after retention period.

                                        13 votes
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                                          under review  ·  1 comment  ·  IaaS VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • SharePoint Backup with Item Level Recovery

                                          Please add SharePoint Backup. Also, when this is introduced it would be nice to have item level recovery built in so we do not have to restore an entire content database to retrieve one file.

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                                            under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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