DPM2016 and DPM2012R2 Licencing question RRS feed

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  • Hi.

    I have question about licensing DPM. From what i known DPM server is free I need license only for protected servers and clients. My environment contains several servers with windows 2012R2 Datacenter with System Center 2012R2 license.Now i bought few servers with windows 2016 and System Center 2016 license.

    And my question is, Do i Have to have two separate DPM Servers, one with DPM 2012R2 to cover backup from Windows 2012R2 and second with DPM 2016 to cover backups from Windows 2016.  Or i can have only one DPM server 2016 (since it is free) and cover backup from all servers where i have license (both where i have license to  SC2012R2 and SC2016) ?

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:39 AM

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  • Hi,

    for licensing questions you will contact microsoft licensing support or your microsoft  reseller.

    to my licensing knowledge, system center 2012 & 2016 is licensed per managed server. it means that for each device runing windows server OS needs a System Center Server Management License(SML). if yu have already system center license for your windows server 2012 than you add a new windows server 2016 than you need to purchase also an additional system center 2016 SML for the new server. A minimu of 8 Core license is required for each physical Processor in the server and a minimum of 16 core Licenses required for each server.

    for confirmation & more details contact microsoft licensing support in your region



    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:53 AM
  • OK maybe for simplicity suppose scenario like that :

    I have 2 servers with Windows Server datacenter 2012R2 and 2 license for System Center Datacenter 2012R2, and 2 servers with Windows Server Datacenter 2016 and 2 license for System Center Datacenter 2016. 

    I want to protect all 4 Windows Servers. I need install 1 DPM server 2012R2 for protection Windows 2012R2  and additional DPM server 2016 for protection windows 2016, Or i can install only one DPM server 2016 and protect all  4 windows Servers ?

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 11:55 AM
  • Hi,

    as far as i know, to pretect your all 4 windows servers you need to install 4 DPM softwares.



    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:05 AM
  • Sorry diramoh but do you known how DPM works?, Because I think you have no idea what you're writing about, and you introduce unnecessary confusion

    DPM software as you called, consist of several components (mainly is Agent, server and database)

    Of course i known that i need install DPM agent on all 4 Windows Serwers, and this agents need SystemCenter license which i have (2x SystemCenter2012R2 on Windows server 2012R2, and 2x SystemCenter2016 on Windows 2016). And for DPMsolution i need DPM Server (with corresponding database) which is according to documentatnion is free.

    And my question is if according to the license I need One DPM Server 2012R2 to cover agents on 2012R2 Systems and separate DPM server to cover agents on 2016 systems. Or I can use only One DPM 2016 server to cover 2012R2 and 2016 systems

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:40 PM