Mike Resseler wrote:Hi,
I'm not sure if I completely understand it, is my understanding of your scenario this:
1. You have a B&R server on-premises and your backups are stored on a repository which is also on-premises.
2. You want to use backup copy job to a repository that is stored in Azure (and am I correct in understanding that you want to use Azure files for it?). You want to install a secondary B&R server on a VM in Azure
Am I correct?
Mike Resseler wrote:I assume you have a site-to-site VPN or Expressroute to Azure? This will be necessary for this scenario.
1. You can install a VM in Azure, and make that VM a repository. Not a full B&R server. The repository can be Azure files or Azure Data disks but do know that Azure files performance is not exactly that good and there are many limitations (5TB per share, max of 1 TB per file. So if you have a VBK which is over 1 TB you already will not be able to use this at this point in time. At this point in time my suggestion is still to deploy a VM with datadisks and create a repository on that one.
2. You can do this by using a backup copy job and sending that over to the repository in Azure. This actually works exactly the same as you would do it on-premises.
3. Doing restores will be the same as when you have the scenario full on-premises. On that secondary repository, there will be a backup chain so the information will be available there to do restores. Obviously your retention will depend on the retention that you have created for the BCJ's.
4. In worst case scenario, when you have lost the B&R server on-premises, all you need to do is install a clean copy of a B&R server on a VM in Azure, scan the secondary repository which is still in Azure, and you can start doing restores. Some customers have told us that they have such a B&R server "standby" to speed up things in a disaster.
I hope I make sense?
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