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Use backup vaults to protect items

Updated: April 7, 2014

Azure Backup uses backup vaults to store items backed up from your on-premise servers. You must create the backup vaults using the Azure Management Portal before you configure your on-premise servers to backup to Azure.

Each backup vault is assigned a geographic region that the data is stored in. Most of the time this location should be in the same region as the physical location of your on-premise servers.

Once your backup vault is created you will need to upload a public certificate to the backup vault, download the appropriate agent to the server, and register the server with the backup vault. Once those tasks are done you can use the agent to select the items to protect.

Before you can use Azure Backup you must upload a public certificate to identify the service. The private certificate must be installed in the certificate store of the server that you are going to protect with Azure Backup

Before you can use Azure Backup you must upload a public certificate to register with the vault. For more details about uploading the certificate and exporting and importing the .pfx file, see Manage vault certificates.

  1. Click Manage Certificate

  2. From the Manage Certificate dialog box, select Browse your computer and locate the public certificate you want to upload.

  3. Select the check mark to start the upload process.

Once the certificate has been successfully uploaded the certificate thumbprint and expiration date with be displayed on the dashboard.

Agents are used to prepare content for backup on servers. There are different agents for different types of servers. Each of the agents are available on the Microsoft Download Center and have their own installation process.

Registering a server with Azure Backup creates a storage space allocation in the Azure backup vault for the server, and it associates the server with your subscription. Each server that you want to back up items from must be registered before any backups can occur.

Registration is performed using your locally installed agent. Once a server has been successfully registered its name will be displayed on the Servers tab of the backup vault.

Selecting items to protect identifies the files, folders, volumes, or Virtual Machines that you want to backup to Azure.

You identify these items using the local agent to establish a backup schedule that includes the individual data that you want backed up. Once the backup schedule has been run, the items you selected will be displayed in the Protected Items tab of the backup vault.

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