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DPM 2007 for Offsite Disaster Recovery RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are currently using DPM 2007 to back up files and databases. We just recently aquired another site and would like to create off-site backups by synchronizing the data from our current DPM server to a DPM server at the new site. Can anyone tell me how to do this or let me know where to go to find out how to do this? Thanks!
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 7:34 PM

Answers

  • Hi Christopher,

    DPM 2007 has a feature called secondary data protection - you can read about it here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795680.aspx .

    Basically this allows you to have the data on the primary protected on the secondary. Benefits are that the secondary protects data from the primary - not the original data source. You can also use a switch protection command in the case that the primary fails and you want to continue protecting your data sources (that functionality and commnand get's better in DPM 2010).
    Drawbacks are that you need a reliable link and keep DPM up to date if it's a slow link as there are some hotfix rollups that help with issues over slow links. The secondary will also need DPM communication (if firewalls are involved) to the protected servers even though you aren't directly backing them up.

    To enable you set up the secondary DPM server and then install the agent on the primary (doesn't actually do an install but allows communication). You then go into the agents tab in the Management tabs, select the primary DPM server. You then cick on the 'Modify' link in the details section, highlight the servers that the primary is protecting and click enable secondary protection - enter credentials and the status should change to yes.

    Almost forgot to add - you then need to create your protection groups on the secondary and when you choose the servers to protect you need to epand the primary DPM server and choose servers listed under the primary and then expand and select the data source for protection from the primary servers listed.

    Hope this helps

     

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:25 PM

All replies

  • Hi Christopher,

    DPM 2007 has a feature called secondary data protection - you can read about it here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795680.aspx .

    Basically this allows you to have the data on the primary protected on the secondary. Benefits are that the secondary protects data from the primary - not the original data source. You can also use a switch protection command in the case that the primary fails and you want to continue protecting your data sources (that functionality and commnand get's better in DPM 2010).
    Drawbacks are that you need a reliable link and keep DPM up to date if it's a slow link as there are some hotfix rollups that help with issues over slow links. The secondary will also need DPM communication (if firewalls are involved) to the protected servers even though you aren't directly backing them up.

    To enable you set up the secondary DPM server and then install the agent on the primary (doesn't actually do an install but allows communication). You then go into the agents tab in the Management tabs, select the primary DPM server. You then cick on the 'Modify' link in the details section, highlight the servers that the primary is protecting and click enable secondary protection - enter credentials and the status should change to yes.

    Almost forgot to add - you then need to create your protection groups on the secondary and when you choose the servers to protect you need to epand the primary DPM server and choose servers listed under the primary and then expand and select the data source for protection from the primary servers listed.

    Hope this helps

     

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:25 PM
  • Awesome! Thank you very much for your help!

    Thursday, October 28, 2010 5:22 PM