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Set up DPM backup to Azure Backup

Updated: October 27, 2014

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager

You configure Azure Backup for Data Protection Manager (DPM) workloads in the protection group properties, in the same way you configure other backup settings

  1. Step 1: Configure Azure Backup for a protection group—You can either configure an existing protection group, or create a new one.

  2. Step 2: Review online backup settings

  3. Step 3: Run an on-demand online recovery point

Step 1: Configure Azure Backup for a protection group

Configure Azure Backup for a new protection group as follows:

Configure for new protection group

  1. In the Protection task area of the DPM Administrator Console, click New on the tool ribbon. The Create New Protection Group Wizard opens.

  2. On the Welcome page, click Next.

  3. On the Select Protection Group Type page, select Servers, and then click Next.

  4. On the Select Group Members page, select the data sources and servers that will be members of the protection group and thus backed up to Azure. Then, click Next.

  5. On the Select Data Protection Method page, select I want short-term protection using: Disk, and then select I want online protection. Note that in order to enable online protection you must set the short-term protection method to disk.

    With this settings enabled if DPM in deployed as a physical server or on-premises Hyper-V virtual machine data will be backed up for short-term protection to the physical disk or VHD/VHDX and to Azure Backup. If DPN is deployed as an Azure virtual machine data will be backed up for short-term storage to an Azure disk and the Azure Backup.

  6. On the Specify Short-Term Goals page, specify the retention range and file recovery points for disk storage.

  7. On the Specify Online Protection Goals page set the retention settings for the online backup. Note that Azure Backup always keeps the latest version of the backup.

  8. In File recovery point, specify how recovery points for the backup should be created. Then, click Next.

  9. On the Review Disk Allocation page, accept the default settings, or modify the disk space allocated for new members of the protection group. Then, click Next.

  10. On the Choose Replica Creation Method page, specify how DPM creates a replica to copy the data from servers in the protection group to the DPM server.

  11. On the Consistency Check Options page, specify how consistency checks should be run on replicas to ensure data integrity.

  12. On the Specify Online Protection Data page, specify the data that you want to back up to Azure for the protection group. Read about Supported workloads.

  13. On the Specify Online Protection Goals page, specify the following:

    1. In Retention range in days, specify how long backups should be kept in the Azure cloud.

    2. In Synchronization frequency, specify if data for servers in the protection group should be synchronized with Azure Backup daily or weekly.

    3. In Synchronization Schedule, specify synchronization times. Then, click Next.

    4. DPM creates an online recovery point using the latest DPM replica on disk. If you want to ensure that the latest data is backed up, create a new recovery point on disk before creating an online recovery point with this wizard. You can do this after completing the wizard, using the procedure below.

  14. On the Summary page, review settings, and then click Create Group.

Note the following:

  • Each backup to Azure Backup is a recovery point and there’s a limit of 120 recovery points. So if you do a daily backup you have a maximum retention range of 120 days.

    You can synchronize to Azure Backup at a maximum of twice per day. If you set up two backups per day, the retention range will be 60 days.

  • You can extend the retention time by synchronizes on a weekly basis shown in the table.


    Synchronize every x weeks


    Maximum retention (days)


    120 x 7 x 1



    120 x 7 x 2



    120 x 7 x 3



    120 x 7 x 4


  • You can also create custom retention times. For example retain a monthly backup for five years. The formula is illustrated in the following table.


    Retention in years

    Retention in days

    Leap year correction

    Total retention (days)


    365 x 1




    365 x 5




    365 x 9



Configure for existing protection group

  1. In the DPM console, select the protection group containing the computers you want to back up to Azure. Note that you can only use this type of backup for protection groups that are protected on disk.

  2. On the tool ribbon, click Add Online Protection.

  3. Complete the Modify Protection Group Wizard.

Step 2: Review online backup settings

  1. After the protection group is created and the initial replication is complete, you can review settings and status as follows:

    1. In the protection group, you can verify that status is green for the protection group, and that Online Protection is set to Enabled. You can also review retention and scheduling settings for the online backup.

    2. On the Monitoring tab, you can select All Jobs in Progress to view the backup type as Online recovery point.

Step 3: Run an on-demand online recovery point

  1. To create an on-demand backup for a data source, click the Protection tab.

  2. Right-click the data source, and then select Create recovery point.

  3. In the Create Recovery Point dialog box, in Create recovery point for, select Short term disk protection to create a disk recovery point. Select Online protection to perform an on-demand online backup.

    Note that any on-demand online backup will count toward the maximum two online backups that can be performed each day.

For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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