Recovery Services Overview
Windows Azure Recovery Services encompasses a set of Windows Azure vaults that help to protect your organization from data loss, and to aid in continuity of operations.
Vaults are used to store and protect information that is specified as part of your recovery services configuration.
If you are using Windows Azure Backup you will create backup vault to store protected items from the servers you register for your organization.
If you are using Hyper-V Recovery Manager you will create Hyper-V Recovery Manager vaults to orchestrate failover and recovery for virtual machines managed by System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). You configure and store information about VMM servers, clouds, and virtual machines in a source location that are protected by Windows Azure recovery services; and about VMM servers, clouds, and virtual machines in a target location that are used for failover and recovery. You can create recovery plans that specify the order in which virtual machines fail over, and customize these plans to run additional scripts or manual actions.
You can configure both data protection and recovery vaults as appropriate.
Before you can use Windows Azure Recovery Services you must upload a public certificate to identify the service.
Once the service has been identified you will download and install the appropriate agents to your servers so that you can configure the specific settings for your scenarios.