Backups for RDS Deployments

Learn how to schedule backups and create retention policies for data volumes within a deployment.

This article refers to the MyCloudIT Gen 2 platform, which was launched in 2015. Look for MyCloudIT Gen 3 to be launched in early 2021.

Overview

This guide will show you how to schedule backups and create retention policies for data volumes within a deployment.

How to Schedule Backups for your Azure RDS Deployment

Enable Backups for a Deployment

Backups require a Microsoft Azure storage account to get started. In order to create a storage account you need to select what type of Redundancy (Locally Redundant Storage & Geo Redundant Storage) you’d like for the data. Different Storage pattern means different costs.

  • Locally-redundant storage (LRS) replicates your data three times (it creates three copies of your data) in a paired datacenter in the same region. LRS is a low-cost option and is ideal for price-conscious customers because it protects data against local hardware failures.
  • Geo-replication storage (GRS) replicates your data to a secondary region (hundreds of miles away from the primary location of the source data). GRS costs more than LRS, but it provides a higher level of durability for your data, even if there is a regional outage.

Click the box to choose the right option.

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Backup Details

You will be able to see the VMs used in this deployment, when the Next Scheduled Backup is, and when the Latest Recovery Point Available was. Some of virtual machines are not listed because we can only retrieve backup data for machines that are currently online. If any of the machines are offline, or experiencing connectivity issues, we will be unable to access the backup data for those machines.

Additionally, not all machines are worth backing up because the data available on the machines is removed after shutting down. Customers may still back up these machines if they wish by clicking Some of my machines are not listed > Show All Machines.

Select a Virtual Machine and click “Edit”

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Select a file drive to include the backup data.

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Set up Backup Schedule, it is recommended to set your backup schedules outside of working hours and only when your machine is online. DO NOT set backups to run during offline periods. Learn more about automated resource schedules here.

Click “Continue” button.

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Set up Backup Retention Policies, please note that retentions are not enabled unless you set a value for the rate. Click “Continue” button.

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Now, you can confirm backup schedule selections or go back to change if needed. Click “Submit” button. It will take a few minutes for the backup configuration to set up successfully.

Then, go back to Backup page, click the + button on the left side of VM, you will be able to see the newly set up backups, and also see it under the Next Scheduled Backup table.

Need help with Backup Schedule? Email us at support@mycloudit.com.