NOTE: If a DPM server (DPMServer1) has an active registration to one vault for backups (NewVault) but the backup admin needs to restore data from a former vault (OldVault), then use the Add external vault process from DPMServer2. Otherwise, re-registering OldVault as the active registered vault on DPMServer1 could allow DPM to write new backups into OldVault, which likely is not desirable - why else would the backup admin have changed from OldVault to NewVault?
If you do switch back and forth between vaults - perhaps one vault is activated for writing new data while another is temporarily activated for an emergency restore - then it may be difficult to track which vault is active. You can find the active vault name at the following location in the DPM server’s registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Azure Backup\Config\ServiceResourceName.
With these new service locations available, we’re seeing some customers change the location of their Recovery Services vaults (Classic vaults do not apply to these locations). The change could be due to reduced network latency if one of these new data centers is closer to the customer’s on-premises location. Or the change could be due to geo-political requirements, such as a Canada or UK customer that formerly saved backup data out-of-country simply due to there being no in-country offerings.
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