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SC DPM 2010 licensing needs RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have a little virtualization infraestructure made of two physical servers and one storage (SnapServer 410). Each physical server is running four virtual machines stored in the SnapServer using iSCSI to access them. The storage has also NAS capabilities and there are also some file repositories shared directly to the network. We also have one tape drive (LTO) directly attached to an internal SAS controller in one of the physical servers. Physical servers are running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard Edition, and virtual servers are running Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard editions. All virtual servers are in the same Active Directory domain, and two of them are DCs.

    We want to use Microsoft SC DPM 2010 to backup all virtual machines (live backup), and all shared files, to tape in a regular scheduled backup job. Can we achieve all of this goals using only DPM 2010? What kind of licenses of DPM 2010 we need? How many of each one? Where can we see a list of all DPM 2010 supported tape libraries?

    Thanks.

     

    Thursday, June 23, 2011 8:59 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    As per this technet article, DPM is designed to be run on a dedicated, single-purpose computer. However if the Hyper-V machine is beefy enought, DPM should run ok on it.

     

    For the network backup issue, DPM has to be able to create a VSS snapshot of the data being protected, and you cannot create a snapshot of a mapped network drive.  This is the main reason why Windows 2000 was never supported by DPM - it didn't have snapshot capabibility.


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    • Marked as answer by Zamorano400 Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:45 PM
    Monday, June 27, 2011 9:24 PM
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  • Hi,

    Although not recommended, you could install DPM 2010 on the physical machine that has the tape drive attached, and backup the guests.  You would need two enterprise licenses, one for each physical server hosting the VM's.  DPM cannot protect any server that does not have an agent installed, so I'm thinking the file shares on the SnapServer cannot be protected by dpm.

    Please see the "DPM compatible Tape libraries" anouncement under the DPM tape protection.


    Regards, Mike J. [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Friday, June 24, 2011 12:16 AM
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  • Thanks; but can you tell me why you're saying "Although not recommended...". Is there a better way to do this? Please, any help would be greatly appreciated.

    For network files is possible to map the shares to network drives on one of the physical serves and backing up them? Other backup programs can do it, but I d'ont know if DPM can.

    Monday, June 27, 2011 3:25 PM
  • Hi,

    As per this technet article, DPM is designed to be run on a dedicated, single-purpose computer. However if the Hyper-V machine is beefy enought, DPM should run ok on it.

     

    For the network backup issue, DPM has to be able to create a VSS snapshot of the data being protected, and you cannot create a snapshot of a mapped network drive.  This is the main reason why Windows 2000 was never supported by DPM - it didn't have snapshot capabibility.


    Regards, Mike J. [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    • Marked as answer by Zamorano400 Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:45 PM
    Monday, June 27, 2011 9:24 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks again.
    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:45 PM