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BMR: also protect C drive ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello

    I'm using DPM 2010 to protect one of my servers (test machine). This server has 2 drives C and D. I created a Protection Group to protect it with BMR (and System Restore) + drive D that contains some data. From what I've read, I understood that BMR does not protect user data. So if there are user data on drive C, they are not protected ? Ergo, I have to protect ALSO drive C ?

    Pierrot

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 12:12 PM

Answers

  • OK, I summarize: to fully protect a server, I have to protect ALL volumes, including the C drive, and BMR (which includes System State).
    Friday, November 19, 2010 12:01 PM

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  • On the protected server, open the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\bin\Bmrbackup.cmd file in notepad. Modify this line and add an -include: statement to add the drive letter of the additional volumes to be included in the BMR backup.

    FROM
    rem Start a wbadmin.exe to create a BMR backup
    start /WAIT %SystemRoot%\system32\wbadmin.exe start backup -allcritical -quiet -backuptarget:%1

    TO
    rem Start a wbadmin.exe to create a BMR backup
    start /WAIT %SystemRoot%\system32\wbadmin.exe start backup -allcritical -include:D: -quiet -backuptarget:%1
    You will need to adjust the replica volume and recovery point volume sizes on the DPM server to account for the additional space required for the extra volume(s) being included in future BMR backups.

     

    Look at this link: http://robertanddpm.blogspot.com/2010/09/bmr-can-protect-more.html

    I hope this can clarify some things.

     

    BR

    Robert Hedblom



    Check out my DPM blog @ http://robertanddpm.blogspot.com

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 12:42 PM
    Moderator
  • Nice trick, but it does not answer my question: when I use BMR, do I need to backup the volume C: as well ? Suppose that a user (say JDoe) has documents under c:\documents and settings\jdoe\documents. Will these documents be saved by the BMR ? If not, I have to include the volume C: in the protection group. Is it so ? Does BMR include everything on C: ?

    Pierrot

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 2:34 PM
  • Hi,

     

    BMR doesn't save the user datas on critical volumes : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff399494.aspx

     

    In DPM, System State protection consists of protecting the operating system files, and bare metal recovery (BMR) protection consists of protecting the operating system files and all data except user data on critical volumes.

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 8:56 PM
  • OK, I summarize: to fully protect a server, I have to protect ALL volumes, including the C drive, and BMR (which includes System State).
    Friday, November 19, 2010 12:01 PM