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Configuring Windows Azure Backup

Updated: November 1, 2013

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

As an alternative to backing up System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager (DPM) to disk or to a secondary on-premise DPM server, from System Center 2012 SP1 DPM onwards you can back up DPM servers and data protected by those servers to the cloud, using Windows Azure Backup.

This provides the following benefits:

  • Reduced costs—The Windows Azure Backup service can help to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) for customers by providing scalability, elasticity, and simplified storage management.

  • Peace of mind—The Windows Azure Backup service provides a reliable, secure, and a robust short-term offsite backup and restore solution that is highly available.

  • Simplicity—The Windows Azure Backup workflows are seamlessly integrated into the existing DPM backup, recovery and monitoring workflows.


Windows Azure Backup works with the DPM disk-based protection feature. When you enable online protection, the disk-based replicas are backed up to an online location. The following diagram shows how DPM must be deployed with the Windows Azure Backup.

Deploying WAOB for DPM

Configuring DPM backup to Windows Azure Backup consists of the following steps:

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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