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Azure Backup Demo

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1h 13m

This course provides an introductory tour of Azure Storage Solutions such as its SQL offerings (SQL DB and third-party offerings of MySQL), managed NoSQL databases (DocumentDB and MongoDB), managed Redis Cache service, Azure Backup (backup-as-a-service), Site Recovery (for handling disaster recovery) and StorSimple (a hybrid cloud storage solution).

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what SQL DB is and how to get started using it
  • Learn the options offered by Azure for managed MySQL
  • Understand what DocumentDB and MongoDB are and how to get started using them
  • Learn what Redis Cache is and some cases of when you would use it
  • Get an understanding of what Azure Search provides
  • Learn how Azure Backup can solve common backup needs
  • Understand what role Site Recovery can play in disaster recovery
  • Learn how StorSimple can extend your on-premise storage capacity

Intended Audience

  • This course is for developers or IT professionals looking for an introduction to Azure’s Storage Solutions


  • Some familiarity with the Azure platform is helpful, but not required


  • Course Introduction
    • Overview
  • Azure SQL Database
    • What is Azure SQL Database?
    • Understanding the service tiers
    • Create a SQL Database
    • What is a Data Throughput Unit (DTU)?
    • Scaling Azure SQL
  • MySQL
    • Options for Using MySQL in Azure
  • Azure CosmosDB DocumentDB API
    • What is DocumentDB?
  • Azure CosmosDB MongoDB API
    • Options for Using MongoDB in Azure
    • How does DocumentDB compare to MongoDB?
  • Azure Redis Cache
    • What is Azure Redis Cache?
    • Common scenarios for using Redis Cache
    • Understanding the service tiers
    • How does Redis work?
    • Create and manage a Redis Cache
    • Scaling Azure Redis Cache
  • Azure Search
    • What is Azure Search?
    • Indexes and Search Features
    • How do you use the Search Service?
    • Create a Search Service and Index
  • Azure Backup
    • What is Azure Backup?
    • Backup Scenarios
    • Import/Export Service
    • What is the Import/Export Service?
    • Why would you use Import/Export?
  • Site Recovery
    • What is Site Recovery?
    • Workload recovery scenarios
  • StorSimple
    • What is StorSimple?
    • How does StorSimple work?
  • Course Summary
    • Conclusion and Wrap-Up

Ok, Let’s take a look at the backup service.
In the portal, I click the New button and search for Azure Backup. The first result in the list is Backup and Site Recovery, I'll click that and click Create.
This opens the blade to create a Recovery Services vault, which I'll give a name. I'll leave the subscription as the default and choose to use the existing resource group I have. I’ll leave the location and check the pin to dashboard box and click create. This will create a recovery services vault for us.
Now I'll click the Backup button, this opens the blades to configure a backup.
I'll choose On-premise for the dropdown of where my workload is running and just choose Files and folders for what I want to backup.
Notice the Ok button is disabled, I need to click this information box here first to download the backup agent. I'll choose the top link to download the agent for a windows client. This will download the MARSAgentInstaller, which I'll run.
Once the application opens on my desktop, I’ll just click through the wizard using all the defaults and let it configure itself. I’ll click finish when its done.
Next I need to download the credentials from the portal, so I’ll click the download button and that will download the credentials file that I’ll need later in configuring the setup.
Ok the backup service is up and running on my desktop. Now I need to register a server.
I don't have a proxy, so I'll click next. And then I’ve got to browse to that credentials file that was downloaded. So I locate it.

Now it’s going to register my machine with the Azure Backup and Recovery Vault, this will take a few minutes so I’ll pause the video.
Ok, the credentials are validated, I click next. I'll click on the Generate passphrase button to have it generate one for me. I'll save that on my desktop and click register.
I can now configure a backup schedule.
So I’ll select Schedule Backup in the upper right corner.
I'll click next. And then click Add Items. Then I’ll locate a folder I created to do this demo.
Now I'll click next. The max allowed is three times a day, so I’ll select some times of the day my machine shouldn’t be too busy. Noon, 6:00AM and 6:00PM – so that will be 3 times a day. Click next.
I’m not going to bother any of the retention policy here, click next.
Then I want to leave the automatic over the internet, click next and then finish.
It will now create the schedule for me and let me close out of the wizard.
So we have a backup schedule, but let’s go ahead and have it backup now, by clicking on the backup now link. This shows the confirmation dialog, which I’ll click the backup button to indicate that yes I do want you to back up now. This takes a few minutes so I’ll pause the video.
Ok, the job is complete. So lets look back in the portal and see what shows for the backup. So in the portal we want to look under backup items, then drill down to the backup agents and then my machine that I’ve got here. As you can see we’ve got the backup information. That’s Azure Backup.

Here are some links for learning more about the different backup options you have with Azure Backup.
Next let's look at the Import/Export Service and what it is.

About the Author

Jason Haley is an independent consultant who focuses on Azure and Angular. He has over 20+ years’ experience architecting, designing, developing and delivering software solutions using mostly Microsoft technologies. Jason recently achieved his MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification in May 2017 (by passing all of the 70-532, 70-533 and 70-534 exams). He is also a Microsoft Azure MVP and leads the North Boston Azure User Group. He frequently speaks at community events on topics relating to Azure.