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Backing up DPM to TSM RRS feed

  • Question

  • Has anyone been able to (or has any idea how to) use Tivoli Storage Manager for backing up DPM replicas? We would really REALLY like to be able to push the DPM data to our TSM managed tape library for offline archiving.

    One sweet idea would be to "virtualize" the TSM server to make it appear as an iSCSI tape target for DPM, if that could be done.

    Thursday, June 3, 2010 7:58 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    I'm not familiar with TSM and if it supports VSS shadow copy backups or not, but you can reference this DPM 2006 technet article for the basics.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc161620.aspx

     

    The only diffference between that and current DPM (2007 / 2010) versions is that the path to the replica or shadowcopy folders has changed:

    FROM: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\Volumes\ShadowCopy

    TO: C:\Program Files\Microsoft DPM\DPM\Volumes\ShadowCopy

     

    If TSM does NOT support VSS Snapshot backups, then use DPMBackup -replicas command is used to make shadow copies of the replica volume that the TSM backup can access to backup the replicas. The backup should be of type "copy only" backup.    Any restores of production data from the TSM backup would be to "alternate location" and select a location other than the DPM server.  You cannot restore to DPM server then expect DPM to restore back to the production server. 

    However, better plan is to simply attach a tape library to the DPM server and let it do Long Term backup directly to tape, so now you can restore directly back to production servers from short term disk or long term tape backups.  You can enable "tape sharing" and have multiple DPM servers share the same tape library. 

     


    Regards, Mike J [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Friday, June 4, 2010 5:12 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    I'm not familiar with TSM and if it supports VSS shadow copy backups or not, but you can reference this DPM 2006 technet article for the basics.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc161620.aspx

     

    The only diffference between that and current DPM (2007 / 2010) versions is that the path to the replica or shadowcopy folders has changed:

    FROM: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\Volumes\ShadowCopy

    TO: C:\Program Files\Microsoft DPM\DPM\Volumes\ShadowCopy

     

    If TSM does NOT support VSS Snapshot backups, then use DPMBackup -replicas command is used to make shadow copies of the replica volume that the TSM backup can access to backup the replicas. The backup should be of type "copy only" backup.    Any restores of production data from the TSM backup would be to "alternate location" and select a location other than the DPM server.  You cannot restore to DPM server then expect DPM to restore back to the production server. 

    However, better plan is to simply attach a tape library to the DPM server and let it do Long Term backup directly to tape, so now you can restore directly back to production servers from short term disk or long term tape backups.  You can enable "tape sharing" and have multiple DPM servers share the same tape library. 

     


    Regards, Mike J [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Friday, June 4, 2010 5:12 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks, Mike - the way to go for using TSM seems to be the DPMBackup -replicas command.
    Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:54 PM
  • I used Firestreamer Virtual Tape Library software at a client last year to accomplish TSM backup of DPM 2007.  We had a separate file server that was setup with Firestreamer VTL and that server got backed up by TSM for off-site and long term requirements.  The software is not expensive and worked well.
    Monday, June 28, 2010 2:06 PM
  • Hi JeffBrown,

     

    how do you restore long term data which is backed up by TSM from your file server, i mean what is your restore strategy  .. can DPM able to restore that long term data ?

     

    Regards,

    Sunday, August 15, 2010 7:23 AM
  • Hi Vibes,

     

    Have you tested this solution  which provided by Mike?

    Regards,

    Sunday, August 15, 2010 7:27 AM