System State replica on a VM with DPM 2012 RRS feed

  • Question

  • We get a "Replica is inconsistent" error when protecting the System State and Bare Metal Recovery on a 64-bit Windows 2008 R2 Standard VM, the total # of recovery points is 0 for both.

    But the Volume and Share protection status shows as "OK".

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012 8:57 PM


  • Please check the protected server (PS) and make sure the Windows backup feature is installed and if already installed look for any event messages on the PS for Windows backup that may detail the cause of the failure.  To test BMR backup outside of DPM, try this command:

    1) Set up a network share on a remote machine \\server\bmrshare

    2) From an administrative command prompt on the PS, type:

                  wbadmin.exe start backup -allcritical -backuptarget:\\server\bmrshare

    This should show you the list of volumes included in the BMR backup and ask "Do you want to start the backup operation?. - Type Y to continue..

    3) Troubleshoot any Windows backup problems that occur, once this works, DPM should be able to take BMR backups.

    Windows 2008 backup logs are located in the %windir%\logs\WindowsServerBackup folder


    If the error isn't self expainatory, please open a thread in the Windows backup group concerning the wbadmin error.

    4) Check the disk space required for the BMR by looking at the \\server\bmrshare and make sure the PG on the DPM server has enought disk space allocated for the replica volume to hold the BMR backup.

    NOTE: BMR backup does NOT require any disk space on the PS, DPM writes directly to the DPM Servers replica volume. However, if you only select SystemState (not bmr option) - then DPM will require ~15GB free space on the PS.


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    Wednesday, July 25, 2012 11:16 PM