Importing tapes into the primary DPM server database RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    DPM 2010.

    We have two DPM servers.

    At the moment DPM02 is our secondary protection for DPM01 and performs all our tape backups.

    Soon, we will be decommissioning DPM02 and will only be using our primary DPM server.  This will have the tape library attached, previously connected to DPM02, so that it can perform all our tape backups for long term recovery goals.

    Is it possible to import all the tapes previously handled by DPM02 into the database on DPM01, so we have a catalog of what’s on these in case we need to restore data from them?


    Monday, April 15, 2013 1:49 PM


  • Hi,

    If the tapes were encrypted, you need to import the certificate that the original DPM02 server used to write to the tape before restoring data from the encrypted tape is possible.

    To re-catalog the tapes, Right-click the Imported tape and select "Recatalog imported tape" Once cataloged, the tape contents should show up under the recovery tab under the EXTERNAL DPM TAPES, and you should be able to browse the protected servers data sources and restore from there.  Alternately, you can right-click the tape and select a dataset, then use the copy button to restore the entire dataset to a network share or disk location. 

    The restore options under the recovery tab or using the copy button will be limited to restoring to a network share or disk of any server that has a DPM agent installed.  You will not have the option to "restore to original location" - so restores for application data like sql DB's, exchange DB's, hyper-V VM's etc.  will be limited to simply restoring the files, then you can selectively copy individual files and folders as needed back to original locations and configure the application to use the restored files. 

    I have provided a few DPM 2010 links for recataloging imported and identifying unknown tapes, same apply to DPM 2012

    Recovering Data from Tapes -
    How to Recatalog an Imported Tape -
    How to Identify an Unknown Tape -

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    Monday, April 15, 2013 10:31 PM