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Migration DPM 2010 to DPM 2012 and new hardware RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi Guys,

    I've a DPM 2010 production environment as followed:

    - DPM 2010 on Windows 2008 R2 SP1

    - EqualLogic (iSCSI) for backup to disk

    - Dell ML6000 with 120 slots and 4 LTO5 tape drives

    - 8 portection groups (SQL, Exchange, File-Server, SharePoint etc.)

    - SQL 2008 Standard (remote)

    The DPM area works fine. Because the old hardware (server) has my customer ordered a new server. Now I'd like to deploy a DPM on the new hardware. I want to configure the new server as a primary DPM and the old one as a secondary DPM. Needless to say I want to deploy it with DPM 2012. It's very important that I don't lose any configurations (protection groups, catalog, etc.). My costumer keeps the tapes (several hunderts) up to 3 years, so losing the catalog would be a big issue! Has anyone an idea or actually experience how I do it best? Thanks in advance.

    Best regards


    Reza

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:22 AM

All replies

  • Hi Reza,

    • In regards to the configuration you can export the DPM configuration to an XML file.

    Here is a post about that: http://www.buchatech.com/2011/10/export-dpm-settings-to-xml-file/

    • No interoperability exists between DPM 2010 and DPM 2012. You cannot have a Primary DPM 2012 and Secondary DPM 2010.

    See: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/dataprotectionmanager/thread/cc790b34-7244-47e9-9812-0248b39cd4ad#62a9a1f2-f7a6-4f75-b084-d84b53f7292c

    There is no good way to migrate from hardware to new hardware with DPM in case you opted to do an in-place upgrade and then a hardware migration.

    What you could do here as an alternative is deploy your DPM 2012 server on the new hardware. Get everything ready and working, chose a cut off date and move the protected servers over to DPM 2012 (uninstall DPM 2010 agent and install DPM 2012 agent) then start protecting them with DPM 2012. Leave your DPM 2010 server in place and let the retention period run out then take the old DPM 2010 server down. I know this is not ideal and it sounds like you have a 3 year retention period for your tapes but this is an option to consider.

    Kevin Green of Ergo has a good post on upgrading DPM 2010 to DPM 2012 if you end up going that route.

    http://kevingreeneitblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/upgrading-system-center-dpm-2010-to-dpm.html


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    Sunday, May 13, 2012 9:59 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Steve,

    thanks for your replay. I took the old server offline, installed DPM 2010 on the new hardware (same name, same IP....) and recovered the DPM DB and configurations. Every thing works fine. Due to current issues with DPM 2012 (e.g. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/dpmtapebackuprecovery/thread/ff20c278-1e8e-40ff-97d4-91ee0bb5ade6) decided my customer to postpone the time of upgrade. I installed on the old server DPM 2012 with luns and library for testing purpose and my customer is happy:)

    regards


    Reza

    Monday, May 21, 2012 8:15 PM
  • Hi Steve,

    thanks for your replay. I took the old server offline, installed DPM 2010 on the new hardware (same name, same IP....) and recovered the DPM DB and configurations. Every thing works fine. Due to current issues with DPM 2012 (e.g. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/dpmtapebackuprecovery/thread/ff20c278-1e8e-40ff-97d4-91ee0bb5ade6) decided my customer to postpone the time of upgrade. I installed on the old server DPM 2012 with luns and library for testing purpose and my customer is happy:)

    regards


    Reza

    Good plan Reza. Let us know how the testing goes.

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    Monday, May 21, 2012 8:43 PM
    Moderator
  • Reza, I'm looking to do something similar.  Did you use the existing storage on the new DPM2010 server hardware or did you purchase brand new storage and just migrate the DPM Protection groups and let them perform a full backup again?
    Thursday, November 1, 2012 4:11 PM