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DPM 2010 - Backup of Windows Server Backup target drive? RRS feed

  • Question

  • In our company we have several Hyper-V server 2008 R2 machines located in branch offices.  These machines are configured with three drives (2 primary drives in a raid 1 configuration and a standalone third drive used only for backups).  Every four hours windows server backup runs taking a full BMR image of the hyper-v server's raid drives (which includes all virtual machines running on top of it) and places the backup files on the third recovery drive.  I would like to install a DPM agent on these machines to backup the third drive once a week to our corporate headquarters.

    At the end of the day, we want local backups stored on site within the branch offices to meet recovery point and time objectives for the majority of recovery scenarios, but also want a copy offsite at the corporate headquarters in case of server theft or major catastrophe at branch.

    Will this solution work?  Is there any chance that DPM will interfere with the operation of WSB or vice versa?  Are there any better ways to accomplish this?

    Thanks in advance!

     

    Sunday, April 24, 2011 5:26 AM

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  • Hi Jwyoung,

    Will this solution work?

    Yes it should.

    Is there any chance that DPM will interfere with the operation of WSB or vice versa?

    No you will not have any problems with DPM or WSB either way.

    Are there any better ways to accomplish this?

    Did you know that you can do the BMR protection of your servers in DPM 2010? DPM actually requires WSB to be enabled on the server it is protecting for BMR to work. All you have to do in DPM is select BMR. See this article for more info: http://www.scdpmonline.org/dpm-2010-bare-metal-recovery.aspx.  Not sure how your branch offices are connected if they are but DPM could protect those servers over a site to site VPN. You could also look at dropping DPM servers in each of the branch offices depending on how many you have and then look at cyclic protection between the DPM servers as the data would then exists in the branch offices and at corporate headquarters. More on this here: http://owsug.ca/blogs/islamgomaa/archive/2009/10/09/System-Center-Data-Protection-Manager-_2800_DPM_2900_-2010-and-Disaster-Recovery.aspx.


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    • Proposed as answer by MarcReynolds Friday, April 29, 2011 3:58 PM
    Sunday, April 24, 2011 5:59 AM
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