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This article describes the improvements that are included and the issues that are fixed in the March 2016 update for Microsoft Azure Backup.

Improvements that are included

Azure Backup uploads file catalog information to the Azure cloud for all backups. This file catalog helps customers to recover individual files and folders of a backup instead of recovering a complete backup. This upload process was programmed to time out after 12 hours. This is now increased to 24 hours to accommodate the backup of large data sources. Also, some improvements are made to back up data sources larger than 16 terabytes (TB).

Issues that are fixed

  • For large data sources, a file catalog upload can take a long time to finish. This can cause the backup engine to crash.

  • Alternative DPM recovery fails when many data sources are protected.

  • You cannot reconfigure the backup schedule after you delete some folders in a backed-up volume.

  • Some backup scenarios may fail because of a backup engine crash.

This update also addresses several stability and reliability issues.

Update information

To apply this update, install the latest version of the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services agent.

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

Download Download the Azure Recovery Services agent update package now.
Note The latest version of the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services agent is 2.0.9032.0.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

Restart information

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this update.

Replacement information

This update replaces the previously released update 3139300.


If you use System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM), apply Update Rollup 9 for System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager or a later version after you install this update for the Azure Backup agent.


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