Four simple steps to backup VMware VMs using SC DPM

System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) is well recognized in the industry for protection of Microsoft workloads and environments. It protects key Microsoft workloads such as SQL, SharePoint and Exchange as well as virtual machines running on Hyper-V.  Today, we are announcing support for protection of VMware virtual machines. This will allow enterprise customers to… Read more

DPM 2012 R2 UR8: Focus on stability

System Center DPM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 8 has been out for a month now, we spent a lot of energy in this UR to focus on quality and are getting good feedback from thousands of customers who already installed the update. As a result, we have now made it an “Important Update” on Microsoft Update,… Read more

Announcing Centralized and Customizable backup reports using Data Protection Manager

This blog post explains how DPM reports have been enhanced with Update Rollup 5. Till Update Rollup 4, we shipped six standard reports inbox with DPM which were useful for auditing and monitoring basic details of the production environment independently for each DPM Server. In Update Rollup 5, the reporting infrastructure is greatly enhanced to… Read more

Key takeaways: DPM Protection of Microsoft Workloads to Azure

All Microsoft workloads that can be protected by Data Protection Manager (DPM) on disk or tape can also be protected to Azure Backup. At a high level, table below describes granularity at which DPM can protect various Microsoft workloads to Azure. It also describes granularity at which DPM can perform recovery from Azure. Microsoft Workload… Read more

Explaining the new Azure Backup pricing for DPM and EA customers

Azure Backup has announced a new pricing model for data being backed-up to Azure. This new model is based on the number of machines that are being backed-up, and is measured and reported in the monthly Azure bill as Protected Instances. The new pricing has an impact on the Azure Backup bill for the data… Read more

Announcing the Data Protection Manager (DPM) Evaluation VHD

We are pleased to announce the release of the Evaluation VHD for System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager. The VHD is a sys-prepped disk with Windows Server 2012 R2 as the operating system and contains System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM) with Update Rollup 4 (UR4), Microsoft Azure Backup, along with an… Read more

TechEd Europe 2014: Cloud integrated data protection session video

This year at TechEd Europe, Shreesh Dubey (GPM, Backup and Archival products) and Islaam Gomaa (MVP) delivered a talk on Cloud integrated data protection using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) and Microsoft Azure Backup. Here is a quick recap of the topics covered for those who missed it: Reliable protection of large scale private… Read more

FAQ – Azure IaaS workload protection using Data Protection Manager

Last week we announced the support for System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) running in an Azure IaaS VM, for protecting workloads in Azure. The overwhelming positive response has been accompanied by deep-dive questions and a request for more details about certain aspects. This blog post is a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help… Read more

Azure IaaS workload protection using Data Protection Manager

System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) is an established backup product for protecting Microsoft on-premise workloads. As our customers move some or all of their infrastructure to Azure, a key ask is the ability to back up workloads now running in Azure. In order to cater to this need, we now support DPM running in… Read more

Optimizations in protecting SQL databases with high churn by DPM

This article discusses two specific problems that you may encounter while protecting high churn databases using DPM. Both of these concern the amount of disk space used by the DPM log files in certain scenarios and how to you can mitigate the issues that can arise as a result. Issue 1: Incremental backup job triggered… Read more