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Backing Up Azure ARM VMs with new Azure Recovery Services

With classic VMs (virtual machines) hosted in Azure’s IaaS, backup can easily be done with Azure Backup. With the new generation of Azure VMs using ARM (Azure Resource Manager), there was a problem. Azure Backup could only see classic VMs and not the new generation. Well, this was a problem until this week when Microsoft announced a new service in preview to solve this problem.

Azure Recovery Service allows backing up VMs from both Azure or your on-premise environment. It also has replication functionality for high availability.

How to Create an Azure Recovery Services Vault:

  1. Logged into the Azure Preview Portal, select New and search for Recovery Service. Click on Recovery Services, then click on the Create button.
  2. Enter a unique name, then choose a desired subscription, resource group, and location, then click on the Create button. Checking the box to pin to dashboard makes it simple to find your newly created Recovery Services Vault. The vault should be created quickly (usually within a minute).
  3. Now you can add VMs to a backup job by clicking on the Backup icon on the detail page of the newly created Recovery Service vault.
  4. Select Azure virtual machine backup for the scenario. Select an existing Backup Policy or create a new one. Then select which VMs you’d like backed up. When done, click on the OK button.

What doesn’t it cover?

Well like most of Azure, this new service will evolve over time. As of writing this post, Azure Recovery Services is unable to backup VMs using premium storage. So if you’re using SSD drives in your Azure hosted VM, then you’re out of luck… for now.

For more details see Mark Galioto’s post titled Back up ARM VMs to a Recovery Services vault.

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TechEd NorthAmerica: Delivering Exceptional IOPS/$ with Windows Server 2012 R2

Ever wonder how you can get over a million IOPS using inexpensive spinning disks? In this video Tobias Klima, of Microsoft, demonstrates Storage Spaces with tiered storage (SSD + spinning HDD) as well as Scale out File Server (SoFS). Continue reading

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Tech Update 2012 – FREE Event on Wednesday May 2, 2012

IT Pro Tech Update 2012


IT Pro Tech Update 2012

On Wednesday May 2nd 2012, the IT-Pro User Group is hosting Tech Update 2012 an all day FREE event. Come join us for this FREE event and discover the next phase of Information Technology as we discuss Windows 8 in the business environment, Virtualization, Security, Interoperability, and Systems Management. Here is your chance to learn what the impact of Windows 8 server and desktop will have and how you can leverage them to your advantage. We all know that Virtualization is huge but are you sure your virtual machines are secure enough? Will Windows 8 make a difference in the Virtual world? How does virtualization in the cloud work? Come learn the answers to these questions and more from some of the top experts in these fields.

This is a multi-session, multi-track event so it will draw a crowd of the right people. These are primarily IT Professionals in southern New England that are interested in advancing their knowledge and use of system management, virtualization, and cloud computing in an effort to know how to move their companies forward.

Open Wi-Fi and power will be available at seats.

Register for this event online:

Event Type: Tech Fest

1408 Division Rd.
East Greenwich, RI, 02818

Best for: Developer and IT Pro and Public Sector and Student.

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