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DPM 2007 Backup and Restore DR Plan RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have a single DPM 2007 server with a local database and the replica volumes on an iSCSI LUN (NetApp).  I am looking at planning a disaster recovery of the server and was wonder if the following plan would work. 

    Environment - x64
     Widows Server 2008 R2
     DPM 2007
     Local SQL Server
     Replica Volume on iSCSI LUN (NetApp)
      6.5 TB of used space

    Option 1

    Backup 
     Perform Manual backup of the SQL Server DPM database


    Restore
     Install Windows Server 2008 R2
     Setup Microsoft iSCSI Initiator to mount replica volume
     Install local SQL Server 2008
     Install DPM 2007
     Stop DPM services
     Restore the database files

    Option 2

    Backup
     Perform manual Windows Server Backup of C drive and System State
      Excluding the SQL database
     Perform Manual backup of the SQL Server DPM database

    Restore
     Install Windows Server 2008 R2
     Restore from Windows Server Backup
     Reboot Server
     Stop DPM services
     Restore the database files
      Run DISKPART to verify volumes are present
      Start DPM

     

    • Edited by Glenn W Johnson Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:47 PM Added x64 to Environment
    Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:41 PM

Answers

  • If you have any tape backups encrypted then you need to export the encryption certificates as well and import them on the new DPM server after installing DPM. Find more information about it at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808967.aspx 

    Option 1 is a supported scenario so you can go ahead with it. Also make sure that before you do the database restore you have the same version of the DPM server as it was at the time backup including Service pack and QFE.

    For Option 2: Take a BMR backup using Windows Server backup instead of taking the System State backup, as BMR backup is more reliable even when hardware changes happen.

    It will also avoid Installing Windows Server 2008 R2, in restore phase as you can directly restore BMR backup from setup CD. But you might still need to setup the iSCSI initiator to mount the replica volumes/disks. This will avoid installing DPM server and SQL server as BMR recovery gets you the original server as it was in when backup was taken. But Restoring the DPM database and Replicas and re-establishing the communication is required. Please find more details steps at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808991.aspx just like option 1. This could be a quicker option to try out as BMR backup recovery is much faster than OS installation and required software like SQL and DPM etc...

    In any of the cases the new server should have the same name as the earlier DPM server, both NETBIOS and FQDN names.

    Hope this helps you make your choice.

     


    Thanks, Praveen D [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Thursday, June 17, 2010 3:08 PM

All replies

  • If you have any tape backups encrypted then you need to export the encryption certificates as well and import them on the new DPM server after installing DPM. Find more information about it at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808967.aspx 

    Option 1 is a supported scenario so you can go ahead with it. Also make sure that before you do the database restore you have the same version of the DPM server as it was at the time backup including Service pack and QFE.

    For Option 2: Take a BMR backup using Windows Server backup instead of taking the System State backup, as BMR backup is more reliable even when hardware changes happen.

    It will also avoid Installing Windows Server 2008 R2, in restore phase as you can directly restore BMR backup from setup CD. But you might still need to setup the iSCSI initiator to mount the replica volumes/disks. This will avoid installing DPM server and SQL server as BMR recovery gets you the original server as it was in when backup was taken. But Restoring the DPM database and Replicas and re-establishing the communication is required. Please find more details steps at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808991.aspx just like option 1. This could be a quicker option to try out as BMR backup recovery is much faster than OS installation and required software like SQL and DPM etc...

    In any of the cases the new server should have the same name as the earlier DPM server, both NETBIOS and FQDN names.

    Hope this helps you make your choice.

     


    Thanks, Praveen D [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Thursday, June 17, 2010 3:08 PM
  • If you have any tape backups encrypted then you need to export the encryption certificates as well and import them on the new DPM server after installing DPM. Find more information about it at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808967.aspx 

    Option 1 is a supported scenario so you can go ahead with it. Also make sure that before you do the database restore you have the same version of the DPM server as it was at the time backup including Service pack and QFE.

    For Option 2: Take a BMR backup using Windows Server backup instead of taking the System State backup, as BMR backup is more reliable even when hardware changes happen.

    It will also avoid Installing Windows Server 2008 R2, in restore phase as you can directly restore BMR backup from setup CD. But you might still need to setup the iSCSI initiator to mount the replica volumes/disks. This will avoid installing DPM server and SQL server as BMR recovery gets you the original server as it was in when backup was taken. But Restoring the DPM database and Replicas and re-establishing the communication is required. Please find more details steps at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808991.aspx just like option 1. This could be a quicker option to try out as BMR backup recovery is much faster than OS installation and required software like SQL and DPM etc...

    In any of the cases the new server should have the same name as the earlier DPM server, both NETBIOS and FQDN names.

    Hope this helps you make your choice.

     


    Thanks, Praveen D [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.


    Thanks for your response.

    I aggree that the BMR is the best option and I will proceed with that option.

    Just to clarify,  since my replicas are on an iSCSI LUN i do not need to back them up only remount them. 

    Glenn

    Friday, June 18, 2010 11:04 AM