Thursday, May 2, 2013

Windows Azure Online Backup

Windows Azure Online Backup is a cloud-based backup solution for Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, and System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1.

Windows Azure Backup allows data to be backed up and recovered from the cloud to provide off-site protection against data loss.

Add-In software - Windows Server Essentials integration module for Windows Azure Backup - is  available for Windows Server 2012 Essentials.
Download link: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=288906

From the Scott Guthrie's Blog:

    "With the new Windows Azure Backup service, we are adding support to enable offsite backup protection for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, and System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1 to Windows Azure. You can manage cloud backups using the familiar backup tools that administrators already use on these servers - and these tools now provide similar experiences for configuring, monitoring, and recovering backups be it to local disk or Windows Azure Storage. After data is backed up to the cloud, authorized users can easily recover backups to any server. And because incremental backups are supported, only changes to files are transferred to the cloud. This helps ensure efficient use of storage, reduced bandwidth consumption, and point-in-time recovery of multiple versions of the data. Configurable data retention policies, data compression, encryption and data transfer throttling also offer you added flexibility and help boost efficiency."

Additional information:
Windows Azure: Active Directory Release, New Backup Service + Web Site Monitoring and Log Improvements :
http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2013/04/08/windows-azure-active-directory-general-availability-new-backup-service-web-site-monitoring-and-diagnostic-improvements.aspx

Official blog for Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server support and product group communications: http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2013/04/19/windows-server-essentials-integration-module-for-windows-azure-backup-is-now-available.aspx

Windows Azure Backup Forum: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsazureonlinebackup/threads

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