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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


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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