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DPM 2012 BMR to dissimmilar hardware RRS feed

  • Question

  • So I am sure this has been brought up before and I read a few posts but I am still questioning it.  Is the DPM product ever going to TRULY perform BMR?  I have used Acronis for years and have recently switched to DPM but find it a HUGE problem that the restores from BMR fail...every time.  I like to perform regular test restores to make sure all documentation is accurate I times to restore are up to date.  The problem is I do these restores in a lab from a production image.  I do not keep an exact spare server in the lab as far as processors etc.  But, the drive space is the same.  This too is a real pain as Acronis would allow you to just resize the partitions as long as there was enough to get all the data on.  For example, a server which had a RAID 1 array and total space was 1 TB but only really needed to restore and 30 gig to a server which had a 500 GB array will fail...shame.  Anyways, the production server in one case has two Xeon X5660 processors but the target lab server only has one lower end processor.  I should be able to do the BMR and at least be back up and operational, maybe not as fast but at least I would not need to keep an exact like spare which is FAR costlier.  What am I missing here? 
    Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:01 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    See the following article for support for moving windows to different hardware.

    How to move a Windows installation to different hardware
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694

    Windows 2008 and beyond support the following:

    Server unbootable/Server-migration scenario (planned and unplanned)

    In this scenario, you can protect the server by performing BMR backup of all critical volumes on the server. You would then recover server by performing a BMR recover through Windows Recovery. In this scenario, BMR is supported to different hardware.

    If you run into problems, open a post in the Windows backup forum here:
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. Regards, Mike J. [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Saturday, May 5, 2012 12:12 AM
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  • If the hardware is supported with 2008 R2 you should be good to move from vendor to vendor as 2008 R2 is very good at handling hardware changes

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012 9:07 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    See the following article for support for moving windows to different hardware.

    How to move a Windows installation to different hardware
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694

    Windows 2008 and beyond support the following:

    Server unbootable/Server-migration scenario (planned and unplanned)

    In this scenario, you can protect the server by performing BMR backup of all critical volumes on the server. You would then recover server by performing a BMR recover through Windows Recovery. In this scenario, BMR is supported to different hardware.

    If you run into problems, open a post in the Windows backup forum here:
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. Regards, Mike J. [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Saturday, May 5, 2012 12:12 AM
    Moderator