This article describes an important update to Azure Backup for Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) Agent version to 2.0.9243.0, that is used both by Microsoft Azure Backup and the Microsoft Azure Site Recovery service to transport data to Azure.

Important improvements

This update to the MARS Agent includes a fix to not trigger re-IR when a data source is re-protected after stop protection(with retain online data) operation .

Update information

Download information

To apply this update, download and install the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services agent from the Microsoft Download Center.

Download the Azure Recovery Services agent update package now.

Note The version for this update of Microsoft Azure Recovery Services agent is 2.0.9243.0.

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

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Applying the update to multiple servers

Perform the following steps to update multiple servers from the Azure portal

  • Download the installer for the update from the link in this section.

  • Navigate to the Recovery Services Vault where your servers are registered.

  • On the left-side Settings blade, select Backup Infrastructure in the Manage section.

  • Select Protected Servers under Management Servers, and then select Azure Backup Agent as the Backup Management Type.


  • On the blade that appears, select a server for which the agent version is earlier than 2.0.9243.0.

  • On the server detail blade, select Connect. This will download a Remote Desktop Connection file that you can use to connect to the server, copy the downloaded agent to the server, and then update it.


  • After you finish updating, you can select other servers that have agent versions that are earlier than 2.0.9243.0, and update the agents on those servers.

Restart information

If you are using Windows Server 2008 (SP2 and R2 SP1, any SKU), you have to restart the computer after you apply this update. Users that have installed MARS Agent on other Windows Server versions don’t have to restart the computer after they apply this update.


If you use System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager (SC DPM), we recommend that you apply Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager or a later version.

If you use System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (SC DPM), apply Update Rollup 12 for System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager or a later version.

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