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Advice needed for off site backups for small company using DPM 2010 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have set up DPM 2010 on a Server 2008 machine. I have had quite a few reads on the technet library over the past few weeks but I am still quite new to DPM and backups in general.

    I work for a small company so we don't have the money for tape drives as we have about 2TB to store and a secondary DPM server is unfavourable... I am currently using an internal SATA drive as the DPM storage pool.

     

    My question is what do I need to back up off site in the event of a disaster in the office and what is the cheapest easiest way to backup the data to take it off site?

    I have external SATA HDDs which are larger than the storage pool, am I able to use these in anyway?

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

     

    Brad

    Monday, December 13, 2010 1:29 PM

Answers

  • Yes, Refer http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795642.aspx

    Overall you need to backup:

    1.  Replicas
    2.  DPMDB database

    During disaster recovery where DPM server has gone away, you can construct a new DPM server with same configuration (like Protection Group and schedule information etc) by restoring DPMDB database.

    Backing Replica actually backs up the production server data. In case both Production Server and DPM Server goes toast, you can quickly recover a actual data file by reading from backed up replica. Also this backed up replica data is used to quickly populating when you re-construct new DPM after the disaster using DPMDB restore.

    Refer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808991.aspx

    The DpmBackup creates database backup file (DpmDb.bak) that can be stored in your external HDD. Likewise for replica's shadow copies are created so that you can use it as source for copying into your target HDDs.

    Thanks,
    Arun
    Tuesday, December 14, 2010 5:02 PM

All replies

  • Hi All,

     

    Am I right in thinking that this solution suits me and I could use Windows Server Backup on Windows 2k8 R2 to perform this?

     

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795753.aspx

     

    Thanks,

     

    Brad

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010 12:54 PM
  • Yes, Refer http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795642.aspx

    Overall you need to backup:

    1.  Replicas
    2.  DPMDB database

    During disaster recovery where DPM server has gone away, you can construct a new DPM server with same configuration (like Protection Group and schedule information etc) by restoring DPMDB database.

    Backing Replica actually backs up the production server data. In case both Production Server and DPM Server goes toast, you can quickly recover a actual data file by reading from backed up replica. Also this backed up replica data is used to quickly populating when you re-construct new DPM after the disaster using DPMDB restore.

    Refer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808991.aspx

    The DpmBackup creates database backup file (DpmDb.bak) that can be stored in your external HDD. Likewise for replica's shadow copies are created so that you can use it as source for copying into your target HDDs.

    Thanks,
    Arun
    Tuesday, December 14, 2010 5:02 PM