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Register Computers with Azure Backup

Published: February 20, 2012

Updated: January 30, 2015

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, Windows Server 2012

Registering a computer with Microsoft Azure Backup links the computer with a specific backup vault, and it associates that computer with your subscription. Before you can back up any items, you must register each computer with the backup vault.

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This topic includes sample Windows PowerShell cmdlets that you can use to automate some of the procedures described. For more information, see Using Cmdlets.

Before you attempt to register a computer, you should verify that the Azure Backup Agent was correctly installed and that you have a certificate that can be used to register the server with the vault.

To verify the installation of the Azure Backup Agent, do one of the following:

  • Press Windows logo key + Q to open the Apps menu, and then click Azure Backup Agent. The Azure Backup Agent snap-in should open.

  • Open Server Manager and select Computer Management from the Tools menu. Expand Storage, and then expand Windows Server Backup. Online Backup should be listed in addition to Local Backup.

Initial configuration of the Azure Backup Agent takes place by registering a computer with the online portal by using the Azure Backup Agent snap-in or Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Microsoft Azure Backup. To register a computer for use with Microsoft Azure Backup, you must have completed the process described in Install Azure Backup Agent and upload the vault credential. Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

Do this step using Windows PowerShell

  1. Press the Windows logo key + Q to open the Apps menu, and then click Azure Backup Agent. The Azure Backup Agent snap-in should open.

  2. In the Action menu, click Register Server (even if you are using a personal computer) to open the Register Server Wizard.

  3. Vault credentials page is displayed. Browse for vault credentials page.

  4. The Proxy Configuration page is displayed. If you want Azure Backup Agent to use a unique proxy server to connect to the Internet, click Use a proxy server for Azure Backup, and then type the URL to the proxy server. Use the fully qualified domain name or the IP address of the proxy server (for example, http://proxy.corp.contoso.com or and the port number on the server that is configured for Internet connections.

    If the proxy server requires authentication before allowing connections, click This proxy server requires authentication, and then type the user name and password that Azure Backup Agent should submit when it is queried for credentials. Click Next to continue.

    If no proxy server is specified, Azure Backup Agent will use the default proxy configuration for the server as displayed in the LAN Settings. (To see the LAN Settings, click Internet Properties, and then click Connections.)

  5. Click Register to begin the registration process. If successful, a registration confirmation message is displayed and you can close the wizard.

PowerShell Logo Windows PowerShell equivalent commands

The following Windows PowerShell cmdlet or cmdlets perform the same function as the preceding procedure. Enter each cmdlet on a single line, even though they may appear word-wrapped across several lines here because of formatting constraints. Placeholder text in these samples is denoted by the use of angle brackets. You should replace that entire item, including the brackets, with the appropriate information.

The following code sample illustrates how you can use Windows PowerShell to register a computer with Microsoft Azure Backup after establishing variables to use to supply your credentials. You can copy and paste the sample code into your Windows PowerShell script.

PS C:\> Start-OBRegistration  -VaultCredentials “E:\TestVault vaultCredentials”

When the server is registered, you need to use the Set-OBMachineSetting cmdlet to specify the server properties. The following examples show how the various settings can be specified:

Configure proxy settings

$spwd = ConvertTo-SecureString -String <password> -AsplainText –Force
Set-OBMachineSetting -ProxyServer proxycontoso.com -ProxyPort <your proxy port> -ProxyUsername domain\username -ProxyPassword $spwd

If the server should stop by using a unique proxy server configuration:

Set-OBMachineSetting –NoProxy

Configure bandwidth throttling settings

$mon = [System.DayOfWeek]::Monday
$tue = [System.DayOfWeek]::Tuesday
Set-OBMachineSetting -WorkDay "Mo", "Tu" -StartWorkHour "9:00:00" -EndWorkHour "18:00:00" -WorkHourBandwidth (512*1024) -NonWorkHourBandwidth (2048*1024)

If a server should stop by using bandwidth throttling settings:

Set-OBMachineSetting –NoThrottle

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