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  • Question

  • I have a data protection manager 2007 on windows 2003 r2 server.

    It's the only server I use to backup. What's the right way to backup a data protection 2007 server if I have no other backup servers?

    Thanks in advance

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:45 AM

Answers

  • the question is what do you want to protect against? That would determine what to backup.

    3 things have to be protected:

    - SCDPM-DB

    - the Replicas in case you only have disk backups (in case you have tapes - you are able to recreate the replicas using your tapes)

    - The \Program Files\Microsoft DPM\DPM\Config folder. This folder is required to protect the tape drive remapping file, DPMLA.xml.

     

    Now I am assuming you want to protect the SCDPM Server itself in case it get corrupted. So that's what I am going to focus on.

     

    Backup SCDPM-DB:

    1) backup the SCDPM database and save this somewhere else -> DPMBackup.exe -db -instancename <instancename> located at <drive letter>:\Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\bin

    you only need -instancename if you are not using the sql-db which comes with the installation of scdpm 2007. This command will create a backupfile (DPMDB.bak) of your scdpm-db - it will be located at: \Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\Volumes\ShadowCopy\Database Backups

    I have found the following script to automate this process quite usefull: http://www.scdpmonline.org/scdpmblogspotcom.aspx

    2) in case you have tapes - you can backup the SCDPM-DB to tape. How to do that is described here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795710.aspx

    But you have to consider how you are going to restore the SCDPM-DB from tape in case your DPM server is no longer available.

     

    Restore:

    Be aware that you have to have the same patch level when restoring SCDPM 2007 to a newly provisioned server. So you might want to consider to use the SRT tool to take a Bare Metal of your SCDPM Windows 2003 R2 server. As this will make the recovery process so much easier.

    This link will give you the details on how to restore the SCDPM-DB for DPM 2007: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808944.aspx

    This link will give you detals on how to restore the replicas: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795741.aspx

     

    I hope that this helps.

    • Proposed as answer by MarcReynoldsModerator Wednesday, June 1, 2011 12:10 PM
    • Marked as answer by ariz84 Thursday, June 2, 2011 8:43 AM
    Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:49 AM
  • No, you do not need a special license. It is licensed if you have the rights to use DPM 2007. It is on an "extra" DVD, so not on the DPM 2007 DVD. In case you have an MSDN subscription you will be able to find it - search for DPM SRT 2007 (that's how I found it). It is not available otherwise (meaning as a free/open download on microsoft websides).
    • Proposed as answer by MarcReynoldsModerator Wednesday, June 1, 2011 12:10 PM
    • Marked as answer by ariz84 Thursday, June 2, 2011 8:42 AM
    Wednesday, June 1, 2011 7:55 AM

All replies

  • the question is what do you want to protect against? That would determine what to backup.

    3 things have to be protected:

    - SCDPM-DB

    - the Replicas in case you only have disk backups (in case you have tapes - you are able to recreate the replicas using your tapes)

    - The \Program Files\Microsoft DPM\DPM\Config folder. This folder is required to protect the tape drive remapping file, DPMLA.xml.

     

    Now I am assuming you want to protect the SCDPM Server itself in case it get corrupted. So that's what I am going to focus on.

     

    Backup SCDPM-DB:

    1) backup the SCDPM database and save this somewhere else -> DPMBackup.exe -db -instancename <instancename> located at <drive letter>:\Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\bin

    you only need -instancename if you are not using the sql-db which comes with the installation of scdpm 2007. This command will create a backupfile (DPMDB.bak) of your scdpm-db - it will be located at: \Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\Volumes\ShadowCopy\Database Backups

    I have found the following script to automate this process quite usefull: http://www.scdpmonline.org/scdpmblogspotcom.aspx

    2) in case you have tapes - you can backup the SCDPM-DB to tape. How to do that is described here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795710.aspx

    But you have to consider how you are going to restore the SCDPM-DB from tape in case your DPM server is no longer available.

     

    Restore:

    Be aware that you have to have the same patch level when restoring SCDPM 2007 to a newly provisioned server. So you might want to consider to use the SRT tool to take a Bare Metal of your SCDPM Windows 2003 R2 server. As this will make the recovery process so much easier.

    This link will give you the details on how to restore the SCDPM-DB for DPM 2007: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808944.aspx

    This link will give you detals on how to restore the replicas: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795741.aspx

     

    I hope that this helps.

    • Proposed as answer by MarcReynoldsModerator Wednesday, June 1, 2011 12:10 PM
    • Marked as answer by ariz84 Thursday, June 2, 2011 8:43 AM
    Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:49 AM
  • Thanks for your useful reply. Where can I find DPM srt tool? I read on the web that it's not included in the dpm 2007 DVD. Do I need a specific license to use it?
    Tuesday, May 31, 2011 11:54 AM
  • No, you do not need a special license. It is licensed if you have the rights to use DPM 2007. It is on an "extra" DVD, so not on the DPM 2007 DVD. In case you have an MSDN subscription you will be able to find it - search for DPM SRT 2007 (that's how I found it). It is not available otherwise (meaning as a free/open download on microsoft websides).
    • Proposed as answer by MarcReynoldsModerator Wednesday, June 1, 2011 12:10 PM
    • Marked as answer by ariz84 Thursday, June 2, 2011 8:42 AM
    Wednesday, June 1, 2011 7:55 AM
  • Thank you very much! You're better than microsoft phone support (they didn' t know about SRT license). I'll try as soon as possibile both backup and SRT


    Last question: I went to the msdn subscription but there' s no way to download srt. The strange thing is I'm sure I have a dpm 2007 license but I cannot download it either even if I can download it from microsoft volume license center.... What can I do to have it? Can I simply download it with another msdn alliance subscription?

    Thursday, June 2, 2011 8:42 AM