Integrate
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
with Azure Backup
Marco Parenzan
A step by step guide (with an introduction fr...
Marco Parenzan
Formazione & Divulgazione con 1nn0va
Microsoft MVP 2014 for Microsoft Azure
Formazione & Progettazione con ...
The game is changing
The move to
the cloud
Skyrocketing
mobile and remote
usage
Using data
to compete for
customers
Businesses today need to…
You need to stretch fewer
resources to accomplish more.
You need to get every ounce of
value out...
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Helps your minimize the time, effort, and money that you spend on IT.
Business continuity
 Replicate Hyper-V virtual machines from
a primary site to a replica site
 Benefits:
 Affordable in...
Windows Azure Backup integration
• Efficient use of bandwidth and storage
• Flexible configuration
• Flexibility in recove...
Azure backup: where to start
From the Essential Dashboard
 Select Azure Backup service to configure
Download Azure Backup integration
module
 Azure Backup needs a plug-in to be
installed
 Windows Server and Server Essent...
Now Azure Backup is enabled
(Windows) Azure Backup now available
Configure Restore Services
Part 1
From Recovery Services
 Go to Windows Azure Portal
 August 2014: not available into
portal.azure.com
 Select Backup Vau...
Azure Dashboard
 Service is created, but not configured
 No servers registered: server must register
from itself
Register Server
A look into…
Register Server Wizard
From Azure Backup app
Identify Server with Certificate
 You need to select a certificate that can
recognize server
 It is already available in...
Export certificate to a .cer file
Configure Restore Services
Part 2
Now back to the Azure Portal
 Upload exported certificate to the portal
 Now portal knows the server when it will
regist...
Register Server
Proceed
Now proceed with Server Registration
 Now re-select the selected certificate
 Azure knows it!
 Select the Vault
Passphrase
 Generate a passphrase
 Shared secret with server to
encrypt/decript data
 Save it on an USB Key
 Or somewh...
Completed registration (also in Azure)
Schedule Backup
Schedule Backup Wizard
Select file(s) or folder(s)
 Select files or folders you want to backup
Specify Backup Time
 Select day(s) and time(s) when
scheduling backup
Specify Retention Setting
 How many days do you need to keep a
single backup?
 7 days
 15 days
 30 days
 This implies...
Backup Scheduled
Back Up Now
Back Up Now
 Open Windows Azure Backup
 Select Back Up Now if you cannot wait
scheduled time for backup
Backup Now Wizard
 Shows selected folders to be backed up
Backup result
From Azure Backup tool in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essential
From Recovery Services in Azure portal
Recovery
From Azure Backup
 Select the server you are interested
 This (the running server)
 Other server
Restore modes
 Two restore modes
 Browse
 Select exactly which files/folders you want to
restore
 Search
 Search for ...
Select Volume and Date
 Select from which volume (drive) you
want to restore
 Select date and time for volume
Alternative #1: Browse for files
 Select exactly which files/folders you
want to restore
Alternative #2: Search for files
 Search for files or folders (with partial
names) in any folder saved
Specify Recovery Options
 Do you want to restore files in original
locations?
 Do you want to restore files in another
l...
Confirmation
 Ready to recover!
 Run
 That’s it!
Pricing
Pricing
 How much does Backup service costs?
 It depends on size
 From calculator, some sample sizes
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Backup is an important activity for your data and for your business. In SME, Backup is a least-knows activity to schedule and to maintain. Cloud is a viable solution to save your data. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essential is the first edition of Window Server that contains specific tools integrating with Azure. In this presentation we'll see specific tools for Backup on Azure.

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  • The game is always changing for small and midsize organizations as major technology trends continue to transform the business landscape.

    The move to the cloud
    There is a continued move toward greater use of cloud services as more organizations seek to take advantage of the reduced capital costs and major time-savings of using a hosted platform for their IT services on a “pay-as-you-go” service model. According to AMI Research, small and midsize business (SMB) spending on hosted services is growing 24% annually1.

    Skyrocketing mobile & remote usage
    For most SMBs, a mobile and remote workforce has become the norm today. More employees are working from home and on the road—and using a growing assortment of mobile devices to do this work. It is estimated that 85% of SMBs have employees using smartphones at work2. Tablet use is growing fast—already in use at work by 25% of SMBs2. 43% say they have some portion of their workforce telecommuting2. Mobility creates a number of business benefits with greater speed and improved productivity, but it also create new challenges in supporting multiple devices and securing data.

    Using data to compete
    With an increasingly competitive business environment, SMBs are always seeking new ways to differentiate themselves with customers and stay ahead of the competition. In an AMI Research study, SMBs cited “improving customer experience” as the number one planned activity looking ahead3. Many are recognizing the value of data in helping differentiate their business—for example, by better understanding customer preferences and delivering improved service, or reaching prospects with the right marketing and sales messages. There is useful data everywhere—both inside and outside of the organization. The challenge is making it easy to put that data to use to achieve business goals.

    Sources:
    1 AMI WW Market Opportunity Model: 2012-2017. Includes SaaS/IaaS/Related spending, but excludes web hosting.
    2 AMI WW Market Opportunity Model: 2012-2017 and AMI ICT Tracker survey data Tablet & smartphone penetrations shown as % of all businesses. Mobile workers, telecommuters, BI penetration shown % of PC SMBs.
    3 AMI ICT Tracking Studies, U.S. SMB Trends & Server Market Insights, March 14, 2013.


  • In response to all these changes, many small and midsize businesses are focused on three key areas:

    Doing more with less—In today’s business environment, doing “more with less” has become the new normal. To stay ahead of the game, it is imperative to get the most out of every investment. When it comes to your technology investments, this means cutting costs wherever possible and getting the most value out of the products and services you purchase. It means creating a foundation that will grow with your business and set you up for the future.

    Getting the job done, wherever you are—As the division between our personal and business lives blurs, employees expect to be able to work anywhere—whether on their PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. SMBs need to enable this mobility, while making sure their data is kept safe.

    Focusing your efforts to win business—Most businesses recognize that they have a massive amount of useful data in a range of disparate sources, such as customer databases, accounting systems, and product data. But it is often challenging for employees to access the data they need and to put it to use to make sales and better service customers. Those businesses who can use information to their advantage will win customers and keep them.
  • Protect your data

    Simplified backups. Enjoy peace of mind with daily, automatic backups of every computer on your network and the server itself.
    With the growing number of remote workers and more devices, automatic backups can help provide peace of mind.

    Built-in disaster recovery. Be protected from fire, theft, or flood. Even if your hardware fails, Microsoft’s online backup service helps you keep your data safe and secure in the cloud.
    In a fast-paced environment, you need a solution that can keep up with you and get you up and running quickly. You don’t want to risk having downtime impact your customers.

    Centralized IT management. Save time by managing your devices through a single IT dashboard designed to easily handle common tasks and address IT issues before they occur. Make sure software, anti-virus tools, and backups are active and up-to-date, control who has access to what documents, and that you don’t run out of storage space. Get even more out of your IT investments when combined with Windows 8.x.
    The Dashboard is a simple tool designed to help small businesses like yours keep up with the growing demands of your tech savvy team members.


    Provide secure remote access

    Consistent productivity. Quickly connect to the computers in your network and access all your files and apps from virtually any location, just as if you were sitting in your office. Save time looking for scattered files with the powerful and centralized data storage and sharing features.
    As the line between people’s life and work gets blurred, you need a solution that supports individual work styles and helps them get the job done from virtually anywhere.

    Easy connectivity. Stay connected to the tools you use most with access to your email, calendar, and contacts by using Windows Small Business Server together with Office 365, Hosted Exchange, or Exchange Server running on a second server.
    As your team continues to be more and more on the go, they expect to have access to the tools they need to get their jobs done.

    Increase security. Stay productive by protecting your computers against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software by leveraging Windows Defender through the server. Protect your devices with automatic backup and security features that function when away from the office.
    Enhanced security continues to be top of mind when evaluating the solution.


    Integrate cloud services

    Business agility. Increase productivity and collaborate with customers, vendors, and partners using a broad range of cloud-based services, without losing control over, or the security of, your confidential information and documents.
    This is a great scenario that you can customize to their industry – for example, maybe they have clients they share files with, vendors they bring on seasonally, or have sensitive data such as confidential client records or secret sauce recipes, that they want only certain people to access.

    Flexible cloud solutions. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the right solution for your business’s needs, with seamless integration and centralized administration of cloud services and on-premises applications.
    Here, you can provide an example based on the students’ familiarity and use of the cloud, and help them understand what they next step could be.

    Powerful partnership. When combined with Office 365, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials gives you a variety of secure cloud-based collaboration options while providing a single, easy-to-use dashboard to manage them all. You can work seamlessly with the programs you know and use most, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    This can be a great example of the cloud connection for their business because most small businesses are familiar with the programs such as Word and Excel. You can then highlight how the familiarity of the solutions help ensure the solution is easy-to-use.
  • Key Message: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials makes it easy to take advantage of Hyper-V Replica when deployed as a virtual machine.

    Current situation
    Business continuity is the ability to quickly recover business functions from a downtime event with minimal or no data loss. There are number of reasons why businesses experience outage including power failure, IT hardware failure, network outage, human errors, IT software failures, and natural disasters. Depending on the type of outage, customers need a high availability solution that simply restores the service. However, some outages that impact the entire data center, such as a natural disaster or an extended power outage, require a disaster recovery solution that restores data at a remote site in addition to bringing up the services and connectivity. Organizations need an affordable and reliable business continuity solution that helps them recover from a failure.

    Before Windows Server 2012
    Beginning with Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper‑V and Failover Clustering can be used together to make a virtual machine highly available and minimize disruptions. Administrators can seamlessly migrate their virtual machines to a different host in the cluster in the event of an outage or to load balance their virtual machines without impacting virtualized applications. Although this can protect virtualized workloads from a local host failure or scheduled maintenance of a host in a cluster, this does not protect businesses from outage of an entire data center. Failover Clustering can be used with hardware-based SAN replication across data centers, but these are typically expensive. Hyper‑V Replica fills an important gap in the Windows Server Hyper‑V offering by providing an affordable in-box disaster recovery solution.

    Windows Server 2012 Hyper‑V Replica
    Windows Server 2012 introduces Hyper‑V Replica, a built-in feature that provides asynchronous replication of virtual machines for the purposes of business continuity and disaster recovery. In the event of failures (such as power failure, fire, or natural disaster) at the primary site, the administrator can manually fail over the production virtual machines to the Hyper‑V server at the recovery site. During failover, the virtual machines are brought back to a consistent point in time, and within minutes they can be accessed by the rest of the network with minimal impact to the business. After the primary site comes back, the administrators can manually revert the virtual machines to the Hyper‑V server at the primary site.

    Hyper‑V Replica is a new feature in Windows Server 2012. It lets you replicate your Hyper‑V virtual machines over a network link from one Hyper‑V host at a primary site to another Hyper‑V host at a replica site without reliance on storage arrays or other software replication technologies. The figure shows secure replication of virtual machines from different systems and clusters to a remote site over a WAN.

    Benefits of Hyper‑V Replica
    Hyper‑V Replica fills an important gap in the Windows Server Hyper‑V offering by providing an affordable in-box business continuity and disaster recovery solution.

    Failure recovery in minutes. In the event of an unplanned shutdown, Hyper‑V Replica can restore your system in just minutes.

    More secure replication across the network. Hyper‑V Replica tracks the write operations on the primary virtual machine and replicates these changes to the replica server efficiently over a WAN. The network connection between the two servers uses the HTTP or HTTPS protocol and supports both integrated and certificate-based authentication. Connections configured to use integrated authentication are not encrypted; for an encrypted connection, you should choose certificate-based authentication. Hyper‑V Replica is closely integrated with Windows Failover Clustering and provides easier replication across different migration scenarios in the primary and replica servers.

    Hyper‑V Replica doesn’t rely on storage arrays.

    Hyper‑V Replica doesn’t rely on other software replication technologies.

    Hyper‑V Replica automatically handles live migration.

    Configuration and management are simpler with Hyper‑V Replica:

    Integrated user interface (UI) with Hyper‑V Manager.
    Failover Cluster Manager snap-in for Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
    Extensible Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) interface.
    Windows PowerShell command-line interface scripting capability.
  • Key Message: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials integrates the management of Windows Azure Backup into the Dashboard console.

    Windows Azure Backup helps protect server data against loss and corruption by enabling backup to offsite cloud storage in Windows Azure. It provides a consistent experience configuring, monitoring, and recovering backups across local disk and cloud storage, integrating with the in-box backup program in Windows Server or System Center Data Protection Manager.

    Windows Azure Backup encrypts and protects your backups in offsite cloud storage with Windows Azure, adding a layer of protection in case data loss or disaster impacts your servers.

    Windows Azure Backup can integrate with the backup tools in Windows Server or System Center Data Protection Manager. You can manage cloud backups from these familiar tools to configure, monitor, and recover backups across local disk and cloud storage with ease.

    Windows Azure Backup delivers efficient data protection. It minimizes network bandwidth use, provides flexible data retention policies, and provides a cost-effective data protection solution.

    Convenient offsite protection: Windows Azure Backup provides convenient, automated offsite data protection. Local backups leave data vulnerable to unfortunate events such as fire. Continuously migrating backup media offsite can be inconvenient. Windows Azure Backup stores data safely away from your premises, reducing the need to secure and protect onsite backup media.

    Safe data: Data stored in Windows Azure is geo-replicated among Windows Azure data centers, for additional protection.

    Encrypted backups: Your data is encrypted before it leaves your premises, and remains encrypted in Windows Azure – only you have the key.

    Familiar interface: Small businesses protecting a single server, or a few servers, can use the familiar in-box backup tool to protect data – manually or on a regular, automated schedule. Larger organizations with System Center 2012 can use the Data Protection Manager component to centrally manage backups across multiple servers.

    Windows Azure integration: Windows Azure Backup is fully integrated with the Azure Management Portal for sign-up, billing, and web-based management.

    Efficient use of bandwidth and storage: Both WAN bandwidth and Windows Azure storage are conserved by sending only changes to files with incremental backups.

    Flexibility in recovery: Incremental backups provide multiple versions of data for point-in-time recovery. Plus you can recover just what you need with file-level recovery.

    Flexible configuration: Configurable data retention policies, data compression, and data transfer throttling provide for both flexible backup policies and backup efficiency.

    Cost-effective: Control costs by reducing the need for local storage and offsite media management, while benefiting from simple storage-based pricing with no per-server or data transfer fees.
  • Azure Backup Integration

    1. 1. Integrate Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials with Azure Backup Marco Parenzan A step by step guide (with an introduction from Windows Server 2012 R2: The Essentials Experience)
    2. 2. Marco Parenzan Formazione & Divulgazione con 1nn0va Microsoft MVP 2014 for Microsoft Azure Formazione & Progettazione con ITS Kennedy Ricerca e Innovazione con Servizi Cgn www.slideshare.net/marco.parenzan marco [dot] parenzan [at] libero/live [dot] it www.innovazionefvg.net Developer e Architect in .NET e Web Cloud Developer Loves functional programming Some videogames for fun
    3. 3. The game is changing The move to the cloud Skyrocketing mobile and remote usage Using data to compete for customers
    4. 4. Businesses today need to… You need to stretch fewer resources to accomplish more. You need to get every ounce of value out of your investments. To get the job done quickly, your people require the freedom to work from anywhere with speed and efficiency. You need to focus on targeting the most profitable opportunities and winning sales. Those who can use data to their advantage will win.
    5. 5. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
    6. 6. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Helps your minimize the time, effort, and money that you spend on IT.
    7. 7. Business continuity  Replicate Hyper-V virtual machines from a primary site to a replica site  Benefits:  Affordable in-box business continuity and disaster recovery  Failure recovery in minutes  More secure replication across network  No need for storage arrays  Automatic handling of live migration  Simple configuration and management Virtual instance running Windows Server Essentials
    8. 8. Windows Azure Backup integration • Efficient use of bandwidth and storage • Flexible configuration • Flexibility in recovery • Cost-effective and usage metered • Familiar interface • Windows Azure integration • Convenient offsite protection • Safe data • Encrypted backups 1 Sign up 4 Back up 3 Register and configure 5 Recover to the same or a different server 2 Install Agent
    9. 9. Azure backup: where to start
    10. 10. From the Essential Dashboard  Select Azure Backup service to configure
    11. 11. Download Azure Backup integration module  Azure Backup needs a plug-in to be installed  Windows Server and Server Essentials supported
    12. 12. Now Azure Backup is enabled
    13. 13. (Windows) Azure Backup now available
    14. 14. Configure Restore Services Part 1
    15. 15. From Recovery Services  Go to Windows Azure Portal  August 2014: not available into portal.azure.com  Select Backup Vault | Quick Create  Give it a name  Select a region (near to you)
    16. 16. Azure Dashboard  Service is created, but not configured  No servers registered: server must register from itself
    17. 17. Register Server A look into…
    18. 18. Register Server Wizard From Azure Backup app
    19. 19. Identify Server with Certificate  You need to select a certificate that can recognize server  It is already available into the server (created during installation)  Don’t choose the first one (server name, longer validity)
    20. 20. Export certificate to a .cer file
    21. 21. Configure Restore Services Part 2
    22. 22. Now back to the Azure Portal  Upload exported certificate to the portal  Now portal knows the server when it will register itself to the Vault
    23. 23. Register Server Proceed
    24. 24. Now proceed with Server Registration  Now re-select the selected certificate  Azure knows it!  Select the Vault
    25. 25. Passphrase  Generate a passphrase  Shared secret with server to encrypt/decript data  Save it on an USB Key  Or somewhere else  Without passphrase, Vault is unuseful
    26. 26. Completed registration (also in Azure)
    27. 27. Schedule Backup
    28. 28. Schedule Backup Wizard
    29. 29. Select file(s) or folder(s)  Select files or folders you want to backup
    30. 30. Specify Backup Time  Select day(s) and time(s) when scheduling backup
    31. 31. Specify Retention Setting  How many days do you need to keep a single backup?  7 days  15 days  30 days  This implies on how many backup exists in Azure Vault at the same time  Pricing
    32. 32. Backup Scheduled
    33. 33. Back Up Now
    34. 34. Back Up Now  Open Windows Azure Backup  Select Back Up Now if you cannot wait scheduled time for backup
    35. 35. Backup Now Wizard  Shows selected folders to be backed up
    36. 36. Backup result From Azure Backup tool in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essential From Recovery Services in Azure portal
    37. 37. Recovery
    38. 38. From Azure Backup  Select the server you are interested  This (the running server)  Other server
    39. 39. Restore modes  Two restore modes  Browse  Select exactly which files/folders you want to restore  Search  Search for files or folders (with partial names) in any folder saved
    40. 40. Select Volume and Date  Select from which volume (drive) you want to restore  Select date and time for volume
    41. 41. Alternative #1: Browse for files  Select exactly which files/folders you want to restore
    42. 42. Alternative #2: Search for files  Search for files or folders (with partial names) in any folder saved
    43. 43. Specify Recovery Options  Do you want to restore files in original locations?  Do you want to restore files in another location?  Select the new destination folder  Do you want to overwrite files if already existing or keep them both?  Do you want to recover ACLs?
    44. 44. Confirmation  Ready to recover!  Run  That’s it!
    45. 45. Pricing
    46. 46. Pricing  How much does Backup service costs?  It depends on size  From calculator, some sample sizes
    47. 47. Integrate Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials with Azure Backup Marco Parenzan A step by step guide (with an introduction from Windows Server 2012 R2: The Essentials Experience)

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