Configure online backup
Published: August 21, 2012
Updated: May 30, 2013
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials
This topic applies to a server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, or to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed.
After you register the server with Windows Azure Backup, you can configure the online backup settings in Windows Server Essentials.
Either from the Register your server wizard or from the Online Backup page of the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard, click Configure online backup. The Configure Online Backup wizard appears.
On the Configure Online Backup page of the wizard, select the checkbox for each server folder that you want to back up to Windows Azure Backup. Clear the checkbox for each server folder that you do not want to include in the backup. To add folders that are not shown in the list, click Add Folders. When you finish your selection, click Next.
Note You cannot select a folder that is not located on the local server, or a folder that is on a drive that is formatted as ReFS.
On the Add File History Backups page of the wizard, you can select to include File History Backups for network computers that support the File History feature. Then click Next to continue.
On the Specify the Backup Schedule page of the wizard, configure the following and then click Next to continue:
Select or accept the time of day when you want the online backup to run. The default time is 10:00 PM. You may also specify a time to run a second backup.
Select or accept the days when you want the online backup to run. By default, online backup runs on Monday through Friday.
- Select or accept the time of day when you want the online backup to run. The default time is 10:00 PM. You may also specify a time to run a second backup.
On the Specify the Backup Retention Policy page of the wizard, select the number of days that you want to keep online backups, and then click Next. The default is 7 days. You can also choose to keep online backups for 15 or 30 days.
Note Windows Azure Backup always retains your most recent backup. If the backup destination does not have sufficient space available to store the backup, the backup process will not succeed. To avoid this situation, either purchase additional storage space, or shorten the data retention period. For pricing information, see Pricing Details for the Windows Azure Backup (Preview).
On the Choose your bandwidth usage page of the wizard, if you want to restrict the amount of Internet bandwidth that is allocated to online backup, select Enable Internet bandwidth usage. Use the options on the page to specify how much Internet bandwidth to allow your online backup to use during work hours and during non-work hours. Then define your business hours and business days.
When the online backup configuration completes, click Close.
Tip After a successful backup configuration, the Online Backup page shows the status of the most recent online backup and the amount of storage space used by the backup vault. To see the status of previous backups, click Backup History.