To complete this tutorial, you need an Azure account. This tutorial will lead you through enabling the Azure Backup feature.
Previously you needed to create or acquire a X.509 v3 certificate in order to register your backup server. Certificates are still supported, but now to ease Azure vault registration with a server, you can generate a vault credential right from the Quick Start page. If you don't have an account, you can create a free trial account in just a couple of minutes. For details, see Azure Free Trial.
To back up files and data from your Windows Server to Azure, you must create a backup vault in the geographic region where you want to store the data. This tutorial will walk you through:
In Region, select the geographic region for the backup vault.
Click Create Vault.
It can take a while for the backup vault to be created. To check the status, you can monitor the notifications at the bottom of the portal. After the backup vault has been created, a message will tell you the vault has been successfully created and it will be listed in the resources for Recovery Services as Active.
If you have multiple subscriptions associated with your organizational account, choose the correct account to associate with the backup vault.
Vault credentials replace certificates as the way to register your Azure service with your server. You can still use certificates, however, vault credentials are easier to use because you use the Azure portal to generate and download vault credentials.
On the Quick Start page, click Download vault credentials to prompt the portal to generate and download the vault credentials you will use to register your server with the backup vault.
The portal will generate a vault credential using a combination of the vault name and the current date.
Click Save to download the vault credentials to the local account's downloads folder, or select Save As from the Save menu to specify a location for the vault credentials. You cannot edit the vault credentials so there is no reason to click Open. Once the credentials have been downloaded, you'll be prompted to Open the folder. Click x to close this menu.
On the Quick Start page, select the type of agent you want to download. You can choose Download Azure Backup Agent, Windows Server and System Center Data Protection Manager, or Windows Server Essentials. For more information see:
Once the agent is installed you can use the appropriate local management interface (such as the Microsoft Management Console snap-in, System Center Data Protection Manager Console, or Windows Server Essentials Dashboard) to configure the backup policy for the server.
Click Dashboard to see the usage overview for the server. At the bottom of the Dashboard you can perform the following tasks:
Click Protected Items to view the items that have been backed up from the servers. This list is for information purposes only.
Click Servers to view the names of the servers that are register to this vault. From here you can perform the following tasks:
Delete. Deletes a server from the backup vault. All of the stored data associated with the server is deleted immediately.