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DPM 2010: install/attach agents?? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've "installed/attached" the agent to my Hyper-V host, how about the vm's?

    If the vm is an application like Exchange, SQL etc., you "install/attach" the agent.

    What about vm's like Win 7 & XP? I assume you only install the agent if you want granular file/item level recovery?

     

    In the "Create new protection group", there are 2 types; Servers & Clients.

    eg, I could select Server & still protect a Win 7 hyper-v vm (even if it's not a file or application server)

    Does the choice here impact licensing?

    Monday, September 13, 2010 7:14 PM

Answers

  • Hey Femi,

    Correct.  But if the clients are running as VM's, and you don't install an agent inside the guest OS but only an agent on the host (enterprise ML) then you are allowed to protect the entire VM (and all VM's on that host for the same price :-)) as a whole, which is a great way of recovering your client workstations on other hyper-v boxes.

    Hope it helps

    Cheers,

    Mike Resseler


    Visit System Center User Group Belgium @ http://scug.be and http://scug.be/blogs/scdpm
    • Marked as answer by awedio Wednesday, September 15, 2010 6:04 AM
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:40 AM
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All replies

  • Hey,

    VM's such as Win 7 and XP (make sure that the prerequisites are ok) can be protected as a server but it will indeed affect licensing as you will need a standard ML and not a client ML.

    It all depends what you want to protect from the client machines.  If you want an entire backup, then you only need to use the agent on the host and protect the VM as a whole.  If you just want particular files, then you can protect it as a server, or as a client, because it also gives you the opportunities to do this.  The only difference here is that you might want to create multiple PG's because of the differences what you need to protect.

    Hope it helps

    Cheers,

    Mike Resseler


    Visit System Center User Group Belgium @ http://scug.be and http://scug.be/blogs/scdpm
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 7:11 AM
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  • http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/data-protection-manager/dpm-pricing-licensing.aspx

    "A Data Protection Manager 2010 Client ML is required to provide file level protection for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers. Includes support for system state backup and remote protection via DirectAccess or VPN. Also includes optional self-service restore client from the Windows client desktop, Windows Explorer or Microsoft Office 2003 or newer."

     

    For XP/Vista/Win 7, if you want the option of recovering a complete machine (I assume this is BMR), it seems one will need to protect it as a server. Is that correct?

    It seems like the Client ML only provides file level backup?

    Femi

     

     

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:36 AM
  • Hey Femi,

    Correct.  But if the clients are running as VM's, and you don't install an agent inside the guest OS but only an agent on the host (enterprise ML) then you are allowed to protect the entire VM (and all VM's on that host for the same price :-)) as a whole, which is a great way of recovering your client workstations on other hyper-v boxes.

    Hope it helps

    Cheers,

    Mike Resseler


    Visit System Center User Group Belgium @ http://scug.be and http://scug.be/blogs/scdpm
    • Marked as answer by awedio Wednesday, September 15, 2010 6:04 AM
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:40 AM
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  • Mike,

     

    Thx for the update. A few more questions.

    With the Enterprise ML protecting the client running as a VM:

    1) do you still need to purchase Client ML's for these VM's?

    2) can you still perform ILR of the client VM?

    Femi

     

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:59 AM
  • Hi

    With the Enterprice ML you can preform a ILR on the virtual host. Do note that ILR only support flat-files not Microsoft Workloads like SQL, Exchange etc. If you want to preform a backup/restore for a Microsoft Workload you must install a local agent.

    BR

    Robert Hedblom

     



    Check out my DPM blog @ http://robertanddpm.blogspot.com

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:08 PM
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