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What are 5 top Microsoft 365 backup considerations?

With Office 365 becoming Microsoft 365, administrators are wondering what this evolution changes regarding their data protection needs.

As it stands right now, not much has changed from a backup and recovery standpoint. The tools and best practices used for backing up Office 365 are still valid for Microsoft 365 backup.

So, what are some of those best practices? No. 1 is to simply make sure that you are backing up 365. Microsoft only provides infrastructure-level protection for 365. It is up to you to make sure that your data is protected. It’s a similar story with other popular software-as-a-service applications — you must back up your data and not rely on the SaaS providers.

While Microsoft presumably takes steps to prevent data loss related to a catastrophic failure within its data center, the company doesn’t protect you from data loss related to the accidental deletion or overwriting of your data. Therefore, it’s up to you to make sure that you have Microsoft 365 backup.

Periodically check that your backup tools can back up all the required Microsoft 365 data. Early on, a lot of the Office 365 backup products focused solely on Exchange Server, with some also supporting SharePoint. However, there are other data sources that need protection, such as OneDrive and Azure Active Directory.

Choose a Microsoft 365 backup product that will enable you to recover data at a granular level. At a minimum, you need to be able to restore individual files, email messages and SharePoint sites. You shouldn’t have to restore an entire Exchange mailbox just to recover a single message.

Your Microsoft 365 backup product should enable you to restore your data to a location of your choosing. In most cases, you will probably be restoring data back to the Microsoft 365 cloud. Certain circumstances may require you to restore to a different Microsoft 365 subscription, or perhaps even to a server that is running on premises.

Finally, backup and restore operations are often tightly intertwined with an organization’s compliance initiatives. Make sure that your backup software meets the required service-level agreements and that it provides the level of reporting needed to satisfy compliance auditors.

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Appreciate that this is not what you are looking for but I can offer £500 delivered,

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Appreciate that this is not what you are looking for but I can offer £500 delivered,

However as you have not got much history here, would you be prepared to post first ? Or can you prove through another selling platform your integrity ?

if we can sort that out then quite happy (screen + feet) to pay via BT on the day of delivery.

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For Sale – 15″ Macbook Pro Retina (Mid 2014), i7, 1TB, 16GB Ram

Appreciate that this is not what you are looking for but I can offer £500 delivered,

However as you have not got much history here, would you be prepared to post first ? Or can you prove through another selling platform your integrity ?

if we can sort that out then quite happy (screen + feet) to pay via BT on the day of delivery.

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What Exactly are Proximity Placement Groups in Azure?

In this blog post, you’ll learn all about Azure Proximity Groups, why they are necessary and how to use them.

What are Azure Proximity Placement Groups?

Microsoft defines Azure Proximity Placement groups as an Azure Virtual Machine logical grouping capability that you can use to decrease the inter-VM network latency associated with your applications (Microsoft announcement blog post). But what does that actually mean?

When you look at VM placement in Azure and the reduction of latency between VMs, you can place VMs in the same region and the same Availability Zone. With that, they are in the same group of physical datacenters. To be honest, with the growing Azure footprint, these datacenters can still be a few kilometers away from each other.

That may impact the latency of your application and especially application with a need for latency within the nanosecond ranges will be highly impacted. Such applications can be for example banking applications for low latency trading or financial stock operations.

Proximity Placement Groups bring together as near as possible to achieve the lowest latency possible. Following scenarios are eligible for Proximity Placement Groups:

  • Low latency between stand-alone VMs.
  • Low Latency between VMs in a single availability set or a virtual machine scale set.
  • Low latency between stand-alone VMs, VMs in multiple Availability Sets, or multiple scale sets. You can have multiple compute resources in a single placement group to bring together a multi-tiered application.
  • Low latency between multiple application tiers using different hardware types. For example, running the backend using M-series in an availability set and the front end on a D-series instance, in a scale set, in a single proximity placement group.

All VMs must be in a single VNet like shown in the drawing below:

Virtual Network Scale Set and Availability Set

I wouldn`t suggest single VMs for production workloads on Azure. Always use a cluster within an Availability Set or a VM Scale Set.

How does that look like in an Azure Datacenter environment?

The following drawing shows the placement of a VM without Proximity Groups:

Placement of a VM without Proximity Groups

With Proximity Groups for a single VM, it could look like the following:

Proximity Groups for a single VM

When you use availability sets for your VMs, the distribution can look like the following.

Distribution availability sets for VMs

With that said, let’s learn how to set up a Proximity Placement Group.

How to set up a Proximity Placement Group

To set up a Proximity Placement Group is pretty easy.

Look for Proximity Placement Groups in the Portal:

Proximity Placement Groups in the Portal

Add a new group:

Create a new Proximity Placement Group

Select Subscription, Resource Group, Region and the name and create the group:

Proximity Placement Group Settings

When you now create a VM you can select the Proximity Placement Group in the advanced tap:

Proximity Placement Group advanced settings

There is also the option to use PowerShell to deploy Proximity Groups.

Conclusion

The information in this blog post explains Proximity Groups and the ways to use them but if you’re stuck or if there’s something you need further explanation about, let me know in the comments below and I’ll get back to you!

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Alienware 15 R3 – £850

I never really know what to write in these as I never sell anything normally but this is too good a machine to just rot in a box in the attic, approximately 18 months old, used occasionally in excellent condition.

15.6” 120hz G-Sync display, no dead pixels or backlight bleed.
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16Gb RAM (32Gb max)
GTX 1060 6Gb graphics card
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1Tb HDD.
Windows 10.
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Killer WiFi with Bluetooth 4.1
Full RGB lighting.

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Wanted – Budget ITX bundle (South East)

Well actually I can’t remember what model it is, but its a Lian Li Aluminium full tower case. It has been in my loft for at least 5 years, but is in near perfect condition (if not perfect) no scratches or anything. I know it has at least a 12 bay capacity – not surprising being a full tower, but just cant remember exactly how many without going up and looking. I’m pretty sure its a Lian Li PC-V2000 plus but can’t say without double checking. Anyway, other than that I think your best option is a Fractal design case. the ‘R’ series… R2, R4, R5, have 8 bays, and you may be able to pick one up cheaply as I think the R6 is the current model. I have an R4 in use as my main desktop.

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