Azure Partner community: Protection and recovery in Operations Management Suite


Juan Cruz Azure Partner Community

We’ve expanded the number of technical communities we offer to the US Partner Community. The Azure Partner community content will now focus on infrastructure and management. Other communities with Azure-related content include Application Development, Data Platform and Advanced Analytics, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Activities for each of these communities include blog posts, community calls, and a Yammer group. Learn more about the practice-building communities

The next Azure Infrastructure and Management Partner community call is on Thursday, October 13, continuing the topic of Microsoft Operations Management Suite.

Azure Backup and Site Recovery

In my blog post about modern operations management, I explained the value of having a single portal for all management tasks. Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) further helps customers by adding the ability to monitor various workload backups. In this post, I’ll take you through setting up backup jobs for a few virtual machines, and bring the alerting for those jobs in to OMS.

Azure Backup provides simple, cost-effective, and reliable cloud integrated backup as a service. It extends tried and trusted tools used on-premises with rich and powerful tools in the cloud. Regardless of where a customer’s data reside, Azure Backup delivers protection: in the enterprise data center, in remote and branch offices, or in the public cloud. And, it’s sensitive to the unique requirements posed by those scenarios. Azure Backup is now in a seamless portal experience with Azure Site Recovery and offers minimal maintenance and cost-efficiency, consistent tools for offsite backups and operational recovery, and unified application availability and data protection.

Due to business or compliance requirements, organizations are required to protect their data for years, and over time this data grows exponentially. Traditionally, tape has been used for long-term retention. Azure Backup provides a compelling alternative to tape with significant cost savings, shorter recovery times, and up to 99 years of retention.

Azure Backup is efficient over the network and on your disk. Once the initial seeding is complete, only incremental changes are sent at a defined frequency. Built-in features, such as compression, encryption, longer retention, and bandwidth throttling, help boost IT efficiency.

Learn more about Protection and Recovery in Operations Management Suite

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Create a Backup and Site Recovery (OMS) vault

Enroll your subscription in the preview release by following the four steps below. Start by installing the Azure PowerShell utilities.

Step 1 Login to your Azure account from Windows PowerShell PS C:> Login-AzureRmAccount
Step 2 Select the subscription which you want to register for preview PS C:>  Get-AzureRmSubscription –SubscriptionName “Subscription Name” | Select-AzureRmSubscription
Step 3 Register this subscription for alerting preview PS C:>  Register-AzureRmProviderFeature -FeatureName MABAlertingFeature –ProviderNamespace Microsoft.RecoveryServices
Step 4 Confirm the register state for the subscription before proceeding for configuration of email notifications PS C:> Get-AzureRmProviderFeature -FeatureName MABAlertingFeature –ProviderNamespace Microsoft.RecoveryServices

There are three virtual machines that we’ll set up backups for:

  • 1 – Windows Server 2012 R2
  • 1 – Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL 2016 RTM
  • 1 – Red Hat Linux 7.2

To set up the backup jobs within Azure, we have to set up a Backup and Site Recovery (OMS)

In the Azure Portal click + New

In the search bar, type in Backup and Site Recovery, and select Backup and Site Recovery (OMS)

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In product description page, click Create

Input a name, select your subscription, select “Create new” under Resource group, and select a location, then click Create

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In the Azure Portal click More services, then search for Recovery Services in the filter pane

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Click Recovery Services vaults, and I also recommend adding this item to your quick launch bar by selecting the star icon

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After a few minutes, the vault will appear in the portal – if it doesn’t appear, refresh

Create the Backup jobs

Click in to the newly created vault. From the vault home page, you can accomplish key management tasks, such as:

  • Change policies or create a new backup policy
  • View restore points, and see their consistency state
  • On-demand backup of a virtual machine
  • Stop protecting virtual machines
  • Resume protection of a virtual machine
  • Delete a backup data
  • Restore a backup

In the vault home page, click Settings

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Select Backup, under Getting Started

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  • In step 1, Select Azure for workload and Virtual Machine
  • In step 2, Create a backup policy. For this demo, leave the default
  • In step 3, Select our VMs for backup
  • Click OK to create the backup jobs

Back in the settings page, select Jobs under Monitoring and Reports > Backup jobs

The recently created backup jobs should be listed in the Backup jobs screen

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Back in the Settings page, select Backup Items under Protected Items

If the first backup job has not occurred yet, you will see a warning for the initial backup

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You can force the initial back up by clicking in to one of the backup jobs > select Backup now

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Back in Jobs, under Monitoring and Reports, you can see the status of the backup jobs

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Create Backup Alerts

In Alerts and Events, under Monitoring and Reports, you can see the Backup Alerts

Here, you can select Filters and view alerts by Severity, Status, and Data Range

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Select Configuration notifications to configure email notifications

Turn Email notifications On

Add email addresses to receive notifications in the Recipients (Email) box

Choose whether you want to be notified Per Alert or receive an Hourly Digest, and decide on Severity

Don’t forget to click Save at the top of the dialog box

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Learn more about Azure Backup

The partner opportunity with Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Over the coming weeks our content for the Azure Infrastructure and Management Partner community will go in-depth about setting up OMS and building a hybrid datacenter management practice. We’ll show you some real-world scenarios, explain which plug-ins can provide immediate value to customers, and share recommendations for technical training.

The next blog post will highlight how Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup let you recover data and workloads easily.

Comments about this blog post, or questions about the topic? Share your feedback in the Azure Partners Yammer group.

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