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  1. Automatically upgrade MARS via Windows Update

    We have had frequent updates of the MARS agent in the last few months. The last update is required for accurate pricing based on the April 2015 changes. But there is little to prompt admins to do this. There needs to be automatic (manually prompting adds unwanted and unnecessary work) upgrades of the agents.

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      planned  ·  3 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Enable Full Backup/Bare Metal Recovery with Azure Backup Standalone (no DPM)

      Enhance Azure Backup to be able to support Bare Metal Recovery, Full Image backups.

      NOTE: This is without the use/requirement of DPM.
      Please refer to the following UserVoice suggestion: https://feedback.azure.com/forums/258995-azure-backup-and-scdpm/suggestions/6874594-bmr-thru-azure-backup#{toggle_previous_statuses}.

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        8 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Currently there is support available for backing up System State using just the MARS Agent to recover to the same/similar hardware in case of server or software malfunction.

        We wanted to understand the scenarios where a full server recovery cannot be achieved using Azure Site Recovery. Please share your feedback so we can review and plan this accordingly.

      • 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 →
        • 27 votes
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            under review  ·  5 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • After changing the backup schedule, the past backup data has been lost.

            In the MARS backup, if you change the daily schedule to Weekly Schedule, all previous points marked as 'Daily Points' are deleted after updating the policy.
            At this time, there is no warning screen.
            For example, schedule Daily & 365 days retention to Weekly & 53 weeks retention.

            Warnings should be displayed!!

            27 votes
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              0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                2 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

                22 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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?

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                    0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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 →
                    • 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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                        0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support Clusterd File Servers

                        We have a clustered file server which we are backing up using Azure Backup. It works, but it isn't perfect, it would be nice if Azure Backup had better support for failover file clusters

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                          1 comment  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support backup of files/folders from Bitlocker-protected volumes

                          Currently, backup of files/folders from Bitlocker-protected volumes is not supported (even if the agent allows picking those folders for backup and it probably works?).
                          Please add official support for backing up files/foldes from Bitlocker-protected volues.

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                            1 comment  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support Volume Sizes That are higher than 1.7TB In Windows 2008 Server.

                            It looks like Azure Backup does not work with Volume Sizes that are higher than 1.7TB on Windows server 2008 R2 SP1. Many companies are still using Windows server 2008 out there and they would welcome this feature. Now it's available on Server 2012. Thanks.

                            12 votes
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                              under review  ·  0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • In MARS agent Recover Data Wizard, make full content of "Select the Volume" readable

                              In the MARS agent's Recover Data Wizard, on the "Select Volume and Date" step, there is a drop-down box that says "Select the Volume:". As you can see in the attached screencap, the field is too short to read the volume names when they all start out exactly the same.

                              It would be nice if there was some way to see the full text. It would be nice to get something like a tooltip containing the full volume name when you highlight/hover one of the volume choices.

                              As it is now, I cannot distinguish any of my volumes from another,…

                              11 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Azure Backup Agent for QNAP

                                This backup agent should only transfer over the wire the changed bits of a modified file.

                                10 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Want you to publish Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent Release Notes

                                  Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent version is "2.0.9052" now, but Release Notes can not be found that the changes have been described.

                                  At the timing when the Agent has been upgraded, I am glad and information on Azure document are described.

                                  Thank you for your consideration.

                                  8 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add Alert Feature for Stalled Agents

                                    On several occasions I have come across the situation where I have logged onto a server and noticed the Azure backup agent has gone into a stalled state where it is not performing a backup or reporting to the portal. Had I not logged onto the server and noticed this I would have assumed the backup was running fine with no issues.

                                    Can you create a check and alert for agent health?

                                    6 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • windows client system state backup

                                      Windows client OS system state backup.

                                      6 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • "1 minute increments" Schedule setting by MARS Agent Backup

                                        Please enable MARS Agent Backup to schedule in 1 minute increments.
                                        For example, We want to schedule at 0:15.
                                        A more detailed backup schedule setting can be realized.

                                        6 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  MARS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Azure backup client v9083 not working with new Onedrive client on W10 Slowring 16251

                                          This agent version in combination with an update of my Onedrive client on W10 slowring (build 16251), does not backup any locally stored Onedrive files to Azure anymore.
                                          The MAB mmc returns 'Data failure 0x80990ab7' and files are no longer in the backup. Any backup made with older Onedrive clients are okay, but I'm lacking the newest files.

                                          You might ask why I backup Onedrive files in Azure, as they are already in the MSFT cloud. But this is the consumer version of Onedrive, so no guarantees from MSFT incase of failure. :-)

                                          Please feel free to follow-up on this.

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