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Can DPM 2012 SP1 backup Windows Server 2012 R2 Clients? RRS feed

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  • We are running DPM 2012 SP1 with update rollup 3.6, build number 4.1.3419.0.  Can I backup Windows Server 2012 R2 clients?  I want to back up Windows file systems, VMs running Windows Server 2012 R2, and soon Hyper-V Cluster nodes that will be running 2012 R2 for their OS.  What support is there for Windows Server 2012 R2 Clients?  We cannot upgrade to DPM 2012 R2 for a while as we have a few servers running Server 2008 that are required to be backed up.
    Wednesday, November 27, 2013 8:32 PM

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  • Nope.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj860400.aspx

    It's insane that DPM 2012 R2 does not support 2003 and 2008 (pre-R2) servers!

    • Marked as answer by WSUAL2 Thursday, December 5, 2013 7:41 PM
    Thursday, November 28, 2013 1:09 AM
  • Why not virtualize your 2008 servers and then you can back them up with DPM 2012 R2 using Hyper-v host level backups?

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    • Proposed as answer by rEMOTE_eVENT Friday, November 29, 2013 10:00 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by WSUAL2 Thursday, December 5, 2013 7:42 PM
    Thursday, November 28, 2013 4:50 PM
  • @rEMOTE_eVENT Your suggested workaround may help in some cases, but in many cases if a server hasn't already been virtualized, there's probably a reason for it.  Specialized hardware, for example.  

    Beyond that, there's no reason that a workaround should be necessary.  It's ridiculous that Microsoft has dropped support for backing up an OS that is still in mainstream support!  By dropping 2003/2008 support, and not offering a patch to make dpm 2012 sp1 support backing up Server 2012R2, they've created a catch 22 which will prevent many customers from upgrading anything to the R2 wave of products.  

    • Proposed as answer by rEMOTE_eVENT Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:38 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by WSUAL2 Thursday, December 5, 2013 7:42 PM
    Wednesday, December 4, 2013 6:31 PM
  • Agreed, it's typical Microsoft and its not a good situation. What I have found over the years is that if you want to be at the bleeding edge then you have to make compromises and take risks (with reliability). That's why many enterprises are usually at least one version behind. 

    Another alternative (workaround) would be to install a VM onto your DPM server with DPM 2012 (or vice versa i.e. with DPM 2012 R2) installed so you can also backup the older operating systems (as you don't pay for the DPM server only the agents). Again not ideal but maybe its the only option if you are unable to virtualise your 2008 servers. 


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    • Edited by rEMOTE_eVENT Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:41 AM sp
    • Proposed as answer by rEMOTE_eVENT Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:41 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by WSUAL2 Thursday, December 5, 2013 7:42 PM
    Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:36 AM
  • Thanks for the link.  That is what I was looking for.  It is very disappointing that Microsoft does not support pre R2 2008 servers in DPM 2012 R2.  That OS isn't that old yet.  I have a couple mission critical 2008 servers that I need to upgrade over Christmas break to 2012 and I wanted to go to 2012 R2 right away so I don't need to do an in-place upgrade to R2 later on but that is probably what I'll have to do.  The other 2008 servers have the backup client installed in the OS to backup file shares on the SAN and other services that need to run on dedicated hardware.  It will be a lot more work than it needed to be.
    Thursday, December 5, 2013 7:51 PM
  • Knock-Knock...Anyone home on this question?
    Will MS provide a patch that makes it possible to do a host backup of VM's running 2008R2 and 2012R1 on a 2012 R2 Hyper-v Host USING DPM 2012 SP1 as the current backup solution ?!?

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 7:08 PM