Azure Backup the future (replacement) of DPM?

9 Oct

As Aidan Finn (and probably many others) wrote on his blog Microsoft has published a new Version of the Azure Backup Software. The new Software has now the ability to Backup workloads such as Hyper-V VM, SQL-Server, SharePoint and Exchange on premise to disk (B2D) and backup to the Cloud for long term retention. All in all, it sounds very similar to a DPM installation with the Azure Backup Agent. So it seems that DPM has a reborn, apart from the System Center Suite, as Azure Backup. So I decided to do a test installation and here is a how it looks like:

  1. Firs you need an Azure Subscription with Backup Vault. For my Test I create a new Vault:
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  2. Once the Backup Vault is created you can Download the new Azure Backup Setup:
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  3. In additional to the Azure Backup setup you must also download the Vault credentials which you need later in the setup:
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  4. After the Download you need to extract the files and then start setup.exe. And then the Setup Wizard start. If you are familiar with DPM you will notice the remarkable resemblance. Note the Link for DPM Protection Agent, DPM Remote Administration on the first Screen 😉

Finally, after Setup you have a Server with Azure Backup. The Console looks still like a DPM clone. Expect that the ability for Backup to Tape is missing everything is very similar to the Management Console from DPM 2012 R2:07-10-_2015_07-54-30

If MS will really use DPM as basis for the Azure Backup I am very curious to see how MS will tune the underlying DPM in the future to handle big data source like files servers with multiply TBs of Data which is not necessary abnormally these days. But that’s where DPM has really big drawback at the moment. We will 🙂

Registry keys to tune the data source colocation in DPM 2012

23 Aug

By default, DPM will create for every data source two volumes (a replica and a shadow copy volume). For Hyper-V and SQL Database DPM can colocation multiple data sources on a single replica an shadow copy volume. This is relatively well known setting. The option is especially useful for backup a large numbers of Hyper-V VMs.

What is less know, is the possibility to tune the initial size of the replica volume which DPM will choose when a new Protection Group with colocation is created. Continue reading

How to delete a specific Recovery Point in DPM

10 Feb

There is no possibility to delete a recovery point (backup) in DPM via GUI. But good old friend PowerShell helps. 🙂

Here is an example. We want to delete the Recovery Point from the evening of February 8 from the Backup of the file server FSSRV001 in the Protection Group “File Backup”. DPM Server name is “DPMSRV001”

  1. First get the Protection Group to which the recovery point belongs
  2. Then you need the Data Source from where the data in the recovery point comes from.
  3. And finally you need to select the Recovery Point which you want to delete. You can identify the Recovery Point by Date and Time.
  4. Now we have all of the needed information an we can delete the Recovery Point.