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Take One Time Backup of the Machine using DPM RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I want to take one time backup of the machine and keep it for 180 days approx. However, this option is not available in I create protection group of the machine. Can someone please suggest, how that can be achieved so that I have only one backup of the machine without any re-occurrences.

    Monday, January 27, 2020 1:50 PM

Answers

  • For disk based recovery points, the inactive protected data will remain as is forever since no new recovery points are being created.

    If you want to restore, follow the steps I mentioned in my previous reply on how to re-activate the protection.

    Before deleting the VM, try creating a recovery point first, then make it inactive, then reactivate the protection, and finally perform a restore to another host and you can disable the network card and check if it looks OK.


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    • Marked as answer by SC2317 Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:56 AM
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:33 AM

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  • Hi,

    The only way to do this is to add the workload to a protection group, let it create a single recovery point, or then you do it manually, once it's done, stop the protection group so that it becomes inactive (it will still be available).

    Best regards,
    Leon


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    Monday, January 27, 2020 2:00 PM
  • Thanks. However, in that case if I want to restore the machine from that then how is it possible ? Basically, I have one VMware virtual machine that needs to be deleted, but we need to take one time backup of that so that may be in future if we need some data from that machine then we an restore it. Can we achieve this by following what you have suggested ?
    Monday, January 27, 2020 2:12 PM
  • If you stop protection of a protection group with the "retain data" option, it will become inactive.
    To mark the data active again you need to modify the protection group the data belonged to and add it back in.

    This will mark the data active to start protecting it again. Your existing replicas will be present and you can restore from them.


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    Monday, January 27, 2020 2:29 PM
  • Hi Leon,

    Thanks, I am testing that and will confirm. Could you please suggest that for how long that restore point will be retained ? Also, lets say after deleting the VM, If I want to restore the machine after few days then how can I do that ?

    Because I'll be deleting the VM, so do not want to take the risk before I am sure that it works as expected.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:29 AM
  • For disk based recovery points, the inactive protected data will remain as is forever since no new recovery points are being created.

    If you want to restore, follow the steps I mentioned in my previous reply on how to re-activate the protection.

    Before deleting the VM, try creating a recovery point first, then make it inactive, then reactivate the protection, and finally perform a restore to another host and you can disable the network card and check if it looks OK.


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    • Marked as answer by SC2317 Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:56 AM
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:33 AM
  • Hi Leon,

    I have inactivated the protection group, but there is no option like to activate or modify that group now. Do I need to restore the machine using Recovery and selecting the restore point for that machine ? I can see the restore points of the machine after inactivating the protection group.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:56 AM
  • To mark the data active again you need to modify the protection group the data belonged to and add it back in.

    This will mark the data active to start protecting it again. Your existing replicas will be present and you can restore from them.

    Do I need to restore the machine using Recovery and selecting the restore point for that machine ?

    >> You perform a restore just like any restore in DPM: Recover backed up virtual machines


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    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:59 AM
  • Thanks, I have initiated the recovery. However, while recovering the virtual machine there is option to disable the network card. I had done the recovery few days ago and when the recovery completes the recovered virtual machine will be powered off and not have any VLANs connected to it.

    Sorry, I still don't understand that how do we start protecting the data again after inactivating it because on the inactive protection group, modify option is greyed out and only "recovery point status" option is available.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 10:10 AM
  • Read my replies carefully, the bolded part:

    To mark the data active again you need to modify the protection group the data belonged to and add it back in.


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    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 10:14 AM
  • Hi Leon,

    Yes, I saw that. However, how do I modify the protection group ? As I inactivated the protection group, that protection group is gone now. If I go to Inactive protection under all protection group and right click it, modify option is greyed out.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 10:41 AM
  • Create a new protection group and add the inactive VM to the protection group.

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    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 10:42 AM
  • Hi Leon,

    Many thanks, I can now do restore also and get the protection group activated.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:55 AM