Plan for Azure backups
Updated: August 13, 2014
Applies To: System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager
You can back up protected DPM data to Azure using Azure Backup. When you set up a protection group in DPM you select disk for short-term storage and then you can select to backup data online. To plan for online Azure Backup note the following
Only some workloads and file types can be backed up to Azure. For details see Prerequisites for DPM backup to Azure.
Make sure you have all the Azure and DPM deployment requirements in place. See Prerequisites for DPM backup to Azure.
You’ll need to have Azure Backup set up before you can select to back up protection group data online. This includes creating a Backup vault under an Azure subscription, installing the Azure Recovery Services Agent on the DPM server, and registering the DPM server in the vault. For instructions, see Configure a Backup vault and register the DPM server.
When you back up a protection group to Azure you can retain data for up to 3360 days. In Azure Backup each backup is stored as a recovery point. The maximum amount of recovery points is 120 for daily synchronization, but you can create a less granular backup policy.
Synchronize every x weeks Maximum retention algorithm Maximum retention (days)
120 x7 x 1
120 x 7 x 2
120 x 7 x 3
120 x 7 x 4
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