Setting up an Azure Backup Vault registration with DPM 2016

Backing up data to the cloud has become more popular lately, in this guide we will register our on-premises System Center Data Protection Manager 2016 (DPM) with Microsoft Azure Backup Vault.



  • Microsoft Azure subscription
  • System Center Data Protection Manager
  • Connection to Internet

First off we will need to create and configure a few things in our Azure, we will start by creating the Recovery Services vault.

Create a Recovery Services vault in Azure

  1. Let’s start by opening a web browser and then head to:
  2. Sign in to your Microsoft Azure by first entering either your Email, phone or Skypeafterwards enter your password and then click Sign in.DPM_Azure_1DPM_Azure_1.11
  3. You should now be seeing your Microsoft Azure dashboard.DPM_Azure_2
  4. Now in the upper left corner click on DPM_Azure_17 the Azure Marketplace window should appear beside your favourites.DPM_Azure_3.1
  5. In the search field “Search the Marketplace” type Backup.
  6. You will now get a list of items related to your search term “Backup”, choose the the Backup and Site Recovery (OMS).DPM_Azure_4.1
  7. Now you will see a Backup and Site Recovery (OMS) window on your right side, in here you can read a short description about this feature, click Create to continue.DPM_Azure_5
  8. Now we will begin by creating the Recovery Services vault.DPM_Azure_6.2
  9. Fill in your desired name for your Recovery Services vault.
    Next choose your Subscription and then choose a Resource Group (if you already have a Resource Group, simply choose an appropriate one), in this guide I will create a new Resource Group.Finally select the Location, since I’m based in Northern Europe I chose North Europe, to finish click Create button  at the bottom.DPM_Azure_6.311
  10. You should now see in the deployment process on the right side of your Azure Dashboard.DPM_Azure_7


Configuring the Recovery Services vault in Azure


  1. Once the deployment has completed you will see Deployment succeeded.DPM_Azure_8
  2. Now click on Go to resource in the Deployment succeeded window.
  3. You should now see your recently created Recovery Services vault.DPM_Azure_9.3
  4. Now we will configure a Backup Goalclick on DPM_Azure_19.1 to start configuring a Backup Goal, you should get see the following window:DPM_Azure_20
  5. In this guide our DPM 2016 server is on-premises, so under the option of Where is your workload running? we will choose On-Premises.Under the What do you want to backup? you will get a drop down menu of 8 different items that you can backup, we will select all 8 items.DPM_Azure_11
  6. Once you have chosen your workload location and what you want to backup click on Prepare Infrastructure to continue.DPM_Azure_12
  7. Prepare infrastructure side window will show up.DPM_Azure_21
  8. Since we are using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) we will check the box Already using System Center Data Protection Manager or any other System Center Product.DPM_Azure_22
  9. Now we will download the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent (MARS) and the vault credentials to our DPM server.


Installing the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent

  1. Head to your DPM server and locate the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent (MARS) and the vault credentials files.DPM_Azure_16.1
  2. We will start by installing the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent, to continue right click the MARSAgentInstaller file and Run as administrator to start the installation.DPM_Azure_23.1
  3. Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent Setup Wizard will open up, choose the agent location  and choose the cache location, in this guide I will go with the default locations, click Next to continue.DPM_Azure_24.1
  4. In the next step we will specify how we want to connect to the Internet whenever the provider connects to the site recover portal. In my case I have an open connection to the Internet through the default proxy settings so no need to change anything, click Next to continue.DPM_Azure_25
  5. If you want to opt-in on Microsoft updates choose the first option Use Microsoft Updates when I check for updates (recommended), you can also choose not to receive any Microsoft updates, once you have chosen click Next to continue.DPM_Azure_27
  6. In the next step the The Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent setup wizard will list any missing prerequisites that the agent requires. The prerequisites will be downloaded automatically and the agent will be installed once you click Install.DPM_Azure_28
  7. Once the prerequisites (if any required) and the agent are installed you should have received a good Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent installation has completed successfully message.DPM_Azure_29


Registering DPM to the Azure Backup Vault


  1. Now open up the Microsoft System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager console dpm
  2. Head to Management and then in the left pane select  DPM_Azure_311.png and finally in the upper left corner click on DPM_Azure_32Note: When you select Online you can notice that your Azure backup agent version has appeared.DPM_Azure_31.png
  3. Register Server Wizard window will open up, in here you can specify how the Azure Backup Agent is configured to connect to the Internet. In this guide we are using the default settings, click Next to continue.DPM_Azure_33
  4. Next up we will select the vault credentials that we downloaded from our Azure portal, click on Browse and head to your folder where you saved the vault credentials and then click Open.DPM_Azure_34.1
  5. Now DPM will start fetching the Backup Vault from Azure.DPM_Azure_35
  6. Once DPM has finished fetching the Backup Vault information from Azure, click Next to continue.DPM_Azure_36
  7. In the next step you have the possibility to enable Internet bandwidth usage throttling for the backup operations, and also the ability to set the throttling work hours & days, in this guide no limitations will be set, click Next to continue.DPM_Azure_37
  8. When backuping Azure needs to temporarily download backup data to a local staging location before it is recovered, do note that this folder will be cleaned up after recovery. Make sure you enter a location that has sufficient disk space to be able to hold the recoverable items, click OK once you have selected a location.DPM_Azure_38
  9. After you have selected your staging location, click Next to continue.DPM_Azure_39.1
  10. Now we will have to create a passphrase for encrypting all our backups on this DPM server.DPM_Azure_40
  11. Click Generate passphrase to let the wizard generate a passphrase for you.DPM_Azure_41
  12. Now make sure you remember to click Copy to clipboard to copy the generated passphrase.DPM_Azure_42.png
  13. Make sure to store the passphrase securely in a password manager.
  14. Finish the registration by clicking Register.DPM_Azure_43
  15. Once the registration has completed successfully you will receive a message that 
    good Azure Backup registration and configuration completed successfully
    , click Close to quit the wizard.DPM_Azure_44
  16. Now if you have a look in your System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager console you will notice that an Azure Backup online subscription has appeared in the Online pane. Also note that the registration status on the left side under Online has changed to Registered.DPM_Azure_45.1You have now successfully registered your Azure Backup Vault in DPM!
  17. Let’s just have a quick look at the Recovery Services vault in the Azure Portal at
  18. Next navigate to the Manage section in the bottom left pane and click on Backup Infrastructure.DPM_Azure_47
  19. Then in the right pane click on Backup Management Servers which can be found under Management Servers, you should now see your on-premises DPM server listed.DPM_Azure_48
  20. Select your DPM server and you can see some more information, although it won’t show much since we just created the registration.DPM_Azure_49.1


That’s it, now you can now you are all set to start backing up to Microsoft Azure with System Center Data Protection Manager!


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