Azure Recovery Services Vault Management – performing a vault swap

In this blog post I will address some of the questions we’re receiving from customers regarding Azure Backup and Recovery Services vaults. We will focus on one of the most common Azure Backup / Recovery Services Vault management scenarios, which is a ‘vault swap’ for a Data Protection Manager (DPM) server or Azure Backup Server… Read more

Monitoring Large DPM Deployments with SCOM

DPM can backup a variety of workloads as SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, Hyper-V VMs, File Servers, among others. One way to monitor the DPM servers centrally is using SCOM. In this blog, our guest, John Joyner,  talks about leveraging Central Console for multi site backup management. The combination of DPM and SCOM is beneficial to distributed enterprises… Read more

How to increase DPM 2016 replica when using Modern Backup Storage (MBS)

There may be circumstances where the replica volume for a protected data source is under allocated or a very large increase of protected data results in synchronization or recovery point job failures due to inadequate space on the replica. Some common examples of where this might occur are explained below. Bare Metal Restore (BMR) protection…. Read more

Announcement: Protect your Server 2016 workloads with Enhanced Security

System Center Data Protection Manager (SC DPM) is an Enterprise backup solution, providing App Consistent backups to workloads as SQL, SharePoint, Exchange and File Servers, running in Physical or Virtualized Environments. In addition, you can also backup your Hyper-V and VMWare VMs (with SC 2012 R2 DPM UR11). These backups can be stored on disks for… Read more

Announcing SC 2016 DPM Guest Blog Series

System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager was announced with a range of new features, such as Modern Backup Storage and RCT based Hyper-V VM Backups. Modern Backup Storage completely changed the way backups are stored by leveraging the new technologies in Windows Server 2016 as ReFS block cloning, giving you upto 50% storage savings, workload aware storage, and 3x Faster backups…. Read more

How to perform a manual initial replica on DPM Modern Backup Storage

DPM can backup a variety of workloads as SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, Hyper-V VMs, File Servers, among others. While doing so, DPM creates an initial replica of the data, and takes the following backups incrementally, optimizing Storage and Network resources. However, at times, due to the large size of the Data-source, the initial replication over the… Read more

SC 2016 DPM Capacity Planner

SC 2016 DPM announced Modern Backup Storage. This changes the way data is backed up and stored. Modern Backup Storage delivers 50% Storage Savings and 3x faster by leveraging latest Windows Server 2016 technologies as ReFS Block Cloning, VHDX, Allocate on write, etc. Further, DPM 2016 comes with Workload Aware Storage, which enables you to… Read more

Implementing Microsoft DPM host level protection of VMware VMs

Note: This post is also available as a downloadable PDF here. System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM 2012 R2) with Update Rollup 11 (UR11) or later adds support for protecting host level backup of virtual machines running on VMware 5.5 and 6.0 servers. This is accomplished by using VMware APIs over the network… Read more

The October 2016 Azure Backup update for Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent is now available

The October 2016 Azure Backup update for the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent is now available for download. The new features, improvements, and fixes for Azure Backup that are provided in the October 2016 update for Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent are detailed in the following KB article: 3196148 – Azure Backup Update for… Read more

Introducing DPM 2016 Modern Backup Storage

  With System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager, we announced Modern Backup Storage (MBS), delivering 50% storage savings, 3x faster backups, and efficient backup storage utilization with Workload Aware Storage. Data Protection Manager can backup key workloads such as SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, file servers, clients and VMs running on Hyper-V or VMware. With Modern Backup… Read more