SharePoint Server 2013 Disaster Recovery in Windows Azure

SharePoint Server 2013 Disaster Recovery in Windows Azure
SharePoint Server 2013 Disaster Recovery in Windows Azure

The disaster recovery environment for an on-premises SharePoint 2013 farm can be hosted in Windows Azure.

  • Windows Azure IaaS provides a secondary datacenter.
  • Pay only for the resources you use.
  • Small recovery farms can be scaled out after a disaster to meet scale and capacity targets.


The recovery farm in Windows Azure is configured as identically as possible to the production on-premises farm.

  • Same representation of server roles.
  • Same configuration of customizations.
  • Same configuration of search components (these can be on a smaller version of the production farm).


Log shipping and Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) are used to copy database backups and transaction logs to the Windows Azure farm.

  • DFSR is used to transfer logs from the production environment to the recovery environment. In a WAN scenario DFSR is more efficient than shipping the logs directly to the secondary server in Windows Azure.
  • Logs are replayed to the Windows Azure-based SQL Server computers.
  • Log-shipped databases are not attached to the farm until a recovery exercise is performed. Failover procedures:
  • Stop log shipping.
  • Stop accepting traffic to the primary farm.

Replay the final transaction logs.

  • Attach the content databases to the farm.
  •  Start a full crawl.
  • Restore service applications from the replicated services databases.Recovery objectives provided by this


SharePoint Disaster Recovery to Windows Azure

Shows the SharePoint to Azure disaster recovery process.

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Success with Hybrid Cloud: Getting deep – Azure Active Directory

With more than 95% of Fortune 1000 organizations using Windows Server Active Directory on-prem, the industry would likely prefer not to reinvent the wheel or recreate all of their identities. The good news is that they don’t have to becausethis is exactly what AAD provides in a secure and comprehensive way. AAD combines directory services, advanced identity governance, application access management, and a developer’s identity management platform.


Let’s look at 4 key scenarios for AAD that organizations of all sizes will likely face as they manage identities in the public cloud:

  • Many applications, one identity repository.
  • Managing identities and access to cloud applications.
  • Monitoring and protecting access to enterprise applications.
  • Personalizing access and self-service capabilities.


Free System Center 2012 Books

Cmdlet Reference for App Controller in System Center 2012 SP1
Technical Documentation for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager


SharePoint 2013 on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

With the Virtual Machine and Virtual Networking services of Windows Azure, it is now possible to deploy and operate a Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Server farm on Windows Azure. This document discusses the key considerations, architecture and operations required to do this successfully. This document assumes a basic working knowledge of SharePoint Server 2013 and familiarity with the services offered by Windows Azure.

SharePoint 2013 on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services