How can we improve Azure Backup?

Azure Backup ReFS Support

Our Server 2012 R2 Essentials has all of our mission critical data stored on a set of HDDs formatted with ReFS, as would seem good practise for this sort of data.
Today I started a trial of Azure Backup to see if it would work as a Cloud backup solution for our server.... to no avail as I have used ReFS on the drive I want to protect.
Will ReFS be added in the near future? From what I have seen in forums, there has been no response to questions about Azure Backup and ReFS since 2012.
If it is not likely to be implemented soon then I will be dropping our Azure account, as it is of essentially no use to us.
Thanks for any help with this.

191 votes
Vote
Sign in
(thinking…)
Sign in with: Microsoft
Signed in as (Sign out)
You have left! (?) (thinking…)
Scott Winner shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

15 comments

Sign in
(thinking…)
Sign in with: Microsoft
Signed in as (Sign out)
Submitting...
  • Michael Mardahl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I do not see Microsoft pushing anyone to use ReFS on their servers, unless the application storing the data on the ReFS disk fits into a very narrow category.

    ReFS is great for Backup solutions that support storing data on ReFS, HyperV disks and some types of databases.

    For just storing files its not going to give you much bang for your buck, except maybe some resilliency if you have it on properly configured storage spaces.

    Putting Azure Backup into this picture, you could use Azure backup inside a VM that has it's vhd on a ReFS storage system. and not use it for souring files directly of the ReFS system.

    Azure Backup is not really a complete backup solution, it's not much unlike the built-in backup tool of windows server, but even more limited - I don't expect this to change anytime in the near future.

    There are plenty of other solution to get your files into Azure Storage if you feel you must have the "raw" data on ReFS.

  • Michael Mardahl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I do not see Microsoft pushing anyone to use ReFS on their server unless the application storing the data on the ReFS disk fits into a very narrow category.

    ReFS is great for Backup solutions that support storing data on ReFS, HyperV disks and some types of databases.

    For just storing files its not going to give you much bang for your buck, except maybe some resilliency if you have it on properly configured storage spaces.

    Putting Azure Backup into this picture, you could use Azure backup inside a VM that has it's vhd on a ReFS storage system. and not use it for souring files directly of the ReFS system.

    Azure Backup is not really a complete backup solution, it's not much unlike the built-in backup tool of windows server, but even more limited - I don't expect this to change anytime in the near future.

    There are plenty of other solution to get your files into Azure Storage if you feel you must have the "raw" data on ReFS.

  • Lee Cox commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Azure Backup needs to support every file system a Windows Server 2016 system can run.

  • Ian Venner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hello Microsoft, you push us to use ReFS on our servers and then offer no support in your Azure Backup service, which you also push us to inside the S2012 Computer Manager. When will support be added? This is frustrating as ****....

Feedback and Knowledge Base