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DPM 2012 - Move Secondary server role to new Server RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all

    Awhile ago, we were testing having a secondary server backup another 2 primary servers which are in production. Since we are happy with how it went, we purchased new hardware with much more capacity to backup more data fomr the 2 Primary DPM servers.

    Im just wondering what steps are involved in moving to a new secondary server as i cant seem to find any related posts on this and worried that if i uninstall the agent from the test dpm box, it might stuff up the agent on the primary DPM server.

    Has anyone done anything like this and if so, what steps are involved.

    Also, if i can retain the data from the old test secondary server, that would be awesome since all the data was captured over the wire and would take 2 over weeks or so to recapture

    BTW. All servers are DPM 2012 RTM.

    Thanks in advance

    Monday, July 2, 2012 1:41 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    If you also need to change secondary DPM servername, then yes, you must uninstall the primary DPM agent from the test secondary first.  Then install DPM from scratch on the new secondary with the new name, then reprotect everything.  You cannot use the OLD test secondary DPM database or storage pool since the server name changed and starting over will required DPM to create new volumes in the storage pool. 


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    • Marked as answer by -DeNMaN- Tuesday, July 3, 2012 11:21 PM
    Tuesday, July 3, 2012 2:02 PM
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  • Hi,

    You basically just need to make a copy of the secondary DPM servers DPMDB, then re-install DPM 2012 on the new hardware, restore the DPMDB, Bring over the Storage pool disks and run DPMSYNC -SYNC.

    Detailed are outlined here for DPM 2012.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh758162

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The machine name on the NEW hardware must be the same machine name as the original secondary DPM server.  That would be retiring the original secondary DPM server or leaving it off the network.


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    Monday, July 2, 2012 6:41 PM
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  • Hi Mike..

    Thanks for your reply but unfortunetly, the server name used for the test had test in it and with the one used in production want to use a more approperate name for it's function.

    If i uninstall the agent or disable it on the test server, then install it from the new server, will that mess things up on the primary server?

    Thanks

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012 12:21 AM
  • Hi,

    If you also need to change secondary DPM servername, then yes, you must uninstall the primary DPM agent from the test secondary first.  Then install DPM from scratch on the new secondary with the new name, then reprotect everything.  You cannot use the OLD test secondary DPM database or storage pool since the server name changed and starting over will required DPM to create new volumes in the storage pool. 


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. Regards, Mike J. [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    • Marked as answer by -DeNMaN- Tuesday, July 3, 2012 11:21 PM
    Tuesday, July 3, 2012 2:02 PM
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  • Cool. thanks mike..

    Ill just do a restore of the data on the test and manually migrate the data into the replica newly created on the new server. 

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012 11:24 PM