Windows Azure Online Backup Preview


For those of you who are already running Windows Server 2012 – don’t forget that you can preview the Azure Online Backup Feature for free for 6 months.

Here’s how you get started:

Open Windows Server Backup and click on the “continue” button which will launch a page that gets you to create a Azure Active Directory Account:

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From here, set up your account.

Once you get logged in, you’ll see your Azure Online Backup Account being provisioned:

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Once that’s done (just takes a few minutes…) click ‘manage’ and get started.

From here you’ll download the agent and install on the server/servers that you want to backup:

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You’ll notice that you get a healthy 300GB of storage to use.

Once you download the agent and get it installed, restart Windows Backup and You’ll see some new stuff in there. 

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Just follow the directions to register your server, generate a passphrase, enter your credentials and you’re ready to go.

From here, you can start doing backups!  You can set schedules and you also get an option to back them up at a point in time should you need to.

You also get the ability to throttle the network if you need to do that.

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Have fun!


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