Make IT Life Simpler with Microsoft StorSimple (Part 1/2)

Anastasios Dionysatos | 16/01/2017 | Microsoft, Azure, StorSimple

Today we will discuss how we can make our IT Life simpler, with Microsoft StorSimple!!! Microsoft has a storage solution, fully integrated with Microsoft Azure; A Hybrid storage device, controlled centrally from the Azure Management Portal. A solution, that provides the organization all the advantages of Primary, backup, snapshot, archive and offsite storage, in one BOX. You may see more information for StorSimple here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/storsimple/overview.aspx.


In this blog, I am going to show you how to create Local Backup Policy, Cloud Backup Policy and we will continue, at part 2, with the great StorSimple feature, the Virtual Device on Azure Infrastructure for failover purposes.

Let’s begin with backup policies!

First of all, we should create a volume with the NameTraining Volume”, and connect this volume on LAB Server, through ISCSI Technology.

StorSimple 8100 has Network IP

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After we turn the volume online, we will have 500 GB Disk storage available to use.

Our first task is to create a Backup Policy with Local Snapshots. These are snapshots stored inside StorSimple 8100, for faster recovery.

As shown before, StorSimple ’s device management is performed via Azure Management Portal.

  • Connect to Azure Management Portal, on the subscription you have connected the Device.
  • Go to StorSimple Manager and click Devices (pic 2).
  • Then, click Backup Policies and Create a New One Policy with Button ADD (pic 3).

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When we click “ADD”, a wizard pop up arises, where we have to define a Backup Policy Name and select the volume, or the volumes that will used for backup (pic 4). After that, we will create the Backup Schedule, where we will select Local Snapshot on the field TYPE OF BACKUP (pic 5).

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When creating a Backup Policy, you may see all the available options (pic 5):

  • Backup frequency (Hours, Minutes, Days or Weeks)
  • Duration that backup data needs to be retained. You may create up to 256 backups per volume and retain 64 per schedule.


In the same way, we may choose “Cloud Snapshot”, instead off “Local Snapshot” (pic 6).

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After a succesful backup, I will show you how quickly you may restore your data

As we saw before, we have created and connected a Volume to our Lab Server. Inside this Volume we will insert one ISO file and one Folder (pic 7).

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As in real life, an administrator’s task is to restore a deleted folder. In our lab, I will delete the “TrainingISO” file and I will try to restore it, using our previously created backup. 


Our first task is to disconnect the server from the Storage Device:

  • Go to ISCSI software and click “disconnect” (pic 8).

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  • Then, return to the Azure Management Portal and navigate again to StorSimple Manager (pic8) by selecting the “Backup Catalog” (pic 10).

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Then, choose the backup that we want to restore (pic 11), select “accept to confirm the restore” (pic 12) and wait.


The “Jobs” Tab on StorSimple Manager shows the progress of the restore (pic 13). When the restore is finished go back to the server and connect it again, to turn online the TrainingVolume.


It is so simple to restore our missing DATA!

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To be continued…….