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support for USB and eSATA in DPM 2010 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I search several locations but didn't find a clear answer. Is it true that DPM 2010 does not allow to add USB, Firewire or eSATA drives to the storage pool?

    Futhermore: is there a specific reason for that? Is there a way around?

    Thanks!

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 12:21 PM

Answers

  • Hey,

    It is true.  DPM 2010 does not support this.

    The exact reason is unknown for me, so sorry about that.

    There is a way around it, if you want to pay a little bit more money.  There is a product called firestreamer that can use USB, eSata and others ad virtual tapes.  The price is pretty low and the product works nice

    Just my 2 cents

    Cheers,

    Mike


    Visit System Center User Group Belgium @ http://scug.be and http://scug.be/blogs/scdpm
    • Marked as answer by Gert_62 Thursday, July 8, 2010 9:50 AM
    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 12:31 PM
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All replies

  • Hey,

    It is true.  DPM 2010 does not support this.

    The exact reason is unknown for me, so sorry about that.

    There is a way around it, if you want to pay a little bit more money.  There is a product called firestreamer that can use USB, eSata and others ad virtual tapes.  The price is pretty low and the product works nice

    Just my 2 cents

    Cheers,

    Mike


    Visit System Center User Group Belgium @ http://scug.be and http://scug.be/blogs/scdpm
    • Marked as answer by Gert_62 Thursday, July 8, 2010 9:50 AM
    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 12:31 PM
    Moderator
  • I'm using DPM 2010 with an external eSATA enclosure running 4 drives in Raid5 as the storage pool and it works fine.  Perhaps the answer is that it may not be 'supported' but is certainly is possible.
    Thursday, October 21, 2010 2:43 PM
  • You can use eSATA drives in Microsoft DPM 2010 for short-term disk protection, but only if they are used as fixed hard drives.  Removable hard drives (USB or eSATA) must be attached as a virtual tape library using Firestreamer from Crystalink.  This way the drives can be safely mounted and unmounted in a way that is compatible with DPM.

    Best Regards,

    Peter

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:42 PM
  • This is really bad, Because firestreamer is around 1200$.
    Thursday, December 30, 2010 7:42 AM
  • DPM2010 works fine with eSATA as long as the external drive(s) are shown to windows as local volumes. But, I have found what I consider to be a much more elegant solution.

    The best solution I have found for DPM2010 storage is to use the Synology DS1010+ NAS. It supports 5x2TB drives in whichever RAID level you want, and you can set it up as an iSCSI target in Windows, which will be seen as a local volume. It also has an expansion shelf available that supports 4-5 more drives.

    It is way easier than dealing with eSATA and finding the right eSATA card that will work with Windows 2008 x64 (many do not in my experience).

    You just need to make sure you have more than one NIC in your DPM server.

     

    • Proposed as answer by jdpal Friday, December 31, 2010 4:57 PM
    Friday, December 31, 2010 4:57 PM
  • I'm curious as to what kind of performance your getting with this.  I've been using an eSATA Raid 5 enclosure for the storage pool and 1 eSATA dock with 1TB drive for the tape backup using FireStreamer and the perfomance has been absolutely terrible.  It takes 5-7 days to complete a backup to tape for 1TB of data.

    From what I can tell the eSATA storage pool is saturated, and I'm getting quite a few VSS timeout errors.

     

     

    Friday, December 31, 2010 5:32 PM
  • Hi Dwalker,

     

    I'm not sure whether you responded to me or not, but I don't use tape at all. No firestreamer, no tape. Just eSATA attached disk, or preferably, iSCSI attached "Cheap NAS" storage.

    Friday, December 31, 2010 5:39 PM
  • I would like to answer this. 

    I have a eSata multiplex card with 4 ports by Addonics which costs between $80 - $120 running under Windows Server 2008 R2 (x86 and 64 bit) with no problems.  I am using an external eSata box with 5 drives intalled with 2 TB drives each.  The cost of this configuration with card is about $1800.  Depending on which solution I configure the external boxes I can have up to 10 TB of disk space if I configure for JBOD or roughly 8 TB if I RAID 5 the box.

    Currently, I am using  the boxes on several of my servers (Windows Server 2003 and 2008).  I can hot swap replacement of the drives except for the JBOD configuration which I use for a completely separate solution that does not need recovery.  But the low cost of running a solution like this is very effective.  It is very expensive to even look at ordering new servers with large drives or even NAS solutions.  The card and boxes are handling 3 Gbps and the new cards are now running at 6 Gbps.

    Now to answer if DPM 2010 supports this solution and then the answer is yes.

    LaVaire


    La
    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 4:09 PM
  • Hi,

    Does Addonics eSata Cards register the HDD as a local drive or a external drive?  I am interested in setting up something similar to LaVaire.  These are the equipment I want to use.  Does anyone have any insight? or can anyone foresee any conflict that might make this project fail?

    1 2T eSATA HDD in an fireproof enclosure https://iosafe.com/products-soloPRO-buy

    1 Addonics PCIe eSATA Controller Card (ADSA3GPX1-2E) http://www.addonics.com/products/host_controller/adsa3gpx1.asp

     

    I am trying to acheive BMR of the actual DPM server itself, onto this eSATA HDD.

    Will it work by having the eSATA HDD attached to a secondary DPM to have it do BMR on the PRIMARY DPM?

    Will it work if we attached the eSATA HDD directly to the Primary DPM and wanted to do BMR of itself (Primary DPM)?

     

    Thanks in Advance.

    Austin.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:09 PM
  • Just for the record I installed a Buffalo 8TB eSATA drive into my DPM 2010 server and it worked right out of the box, however USB did not work. I do also have the newest KB installed as well http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2465832/
    Thursday, June 9, 2011 3:20 PM