To see how DPM 2012 SP1 integrates with Azure from a backup perspective, I recently spent some time testing this integration. Prior to performing this integration there are two things need to be done ahead of time:

1) Have DPM 2012 installed with SP1

2) You also need to have a Microsoft account for organizations (to create a 90 day free trial account see https://orgaccount.microsoft.com/signup?offerIds=BE2A46EF-0639-43a4-8323-BB5E1D4340D3. I used this to setup an account for global service monitoring in Operations Manager 2012 SP1 for another blog post I’m working on).

In this blog post we will focus on the pre-requisites required for using Azure in DPM 2012 SP1, installing the components required for Azure integration with DPM and installation of the Azure online backup agent. This blog post with finish with a link to an existing blog post which discusses configuration of the Azure backup and show an example of how this backup can be used.

Pre-requisites:

Once you have these two steps done, the following verifies that DPM is running on SP1: (screenshot below shows the DPM console which indicates it’s SP1 and help about the DPM console also shows that it’s on SP1).

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Once you have a Microsoft account for organizations you need to sign up for the backup portion from your existing azure account:https://portal.onlinebackup.microsoft.com/

There is a free fix month trial and it uses an organizational ID like the GSM for Operations Manager does. To continue I logged into the same account from GSM to activate this functionality as shown below:

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After accepting the free trial, the Windows Azure Online backup was configured as shown below.

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Installation of the Azure online backup agent:

To add the Azure backup capability to DPM 2012 SP1 download the software from the DPM server. This can be done from an account that is activated correctly at: https://portal.onlinebackup.microsoft.com/en-US/Dashboard (This provides a 13.4 mb attachment called “OBSInstaller.exe”).

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Before downloading the OBSInstaller.exe install the NET 4.0 framework or you will receive an error (shown below) when attempting to launch the OBSInstaller.exe
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The OBSInstaller has two perquisites which it checks as shown below (Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant, and Windows Identity Framework).

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Clicking on the link to the Windows Identity Framework downloads this for installation as shown below.

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The OBSInstaller handles the additional pre-requisite (Microsoft online services sign-in assistant) required during the installation:
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After the pre-requisites are installed, the installation settings for the Azure Online Backup agent as configured as shown below:

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A successful installation of the Windows Azure Online Backup Agent is shown below.

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Configuration in DPM:

From this point on, JC Hornbeck has spelled this out really well at: http://blogs.technet.com/b/dpm/archive/2013/01/09/dpm-2012-sp1-and-azure-backup-and-recovery-steps-from-start-to-finish.aspx which goes through how to configure DPM to connect to Azure and how to create a backup which uses the Azure functionality.

Using the DPM backup to Azure:

For my blog post I decided to see if I could create a backup of my media pc (family pictures and such) via DPM and to the cloud for auxiliary backup. The steps towards a completed backup via DPM and the Azure cloud are shown below!

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In the protection tab, right-click and create a recovery point.

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For online protection as shown below.

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The backup starts to transfer data to the Windows Azure online backup as shown below.

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Additional good reference links:

Flemming’s blog post on this topic: http://flemmingriis.com/?p=1260

JC Hornbeck’s blog post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/dpm/archive/2013/01/09/dpm-2012-sp1-and-azure-backup-and-recovery-steps-from-start-to-finish.aspx (thank you to Paul Johnson for pointing this link out!)