Like many of you, I have spent a fair amount of time testing, designing and deploying all types of systems. Keeping systems up and running is no easy chore, and the occasional hurricane doesn't help matters at all. Ask the folks in my region.
Several of the sessions we've done in and around Louisiana have generated healthy discussion about backup, recovery, clustering, etc. This is especially true for the Microsoft Exchange and SQL server products. Usually the discussion leads to geographic spanning of clusters, log shipping and other methods of duplicating data and systems.
Last week my team was offsite at a beautiful location in Arizona. During the week, we managed to snag Jason Buffington for a day to do some training on Data Protection Manager 2007. Like many of you, I was thinking before the training, "So what, who cares?".
Jason did a magnificent job of talking about the value, features, doing some cool demonstrations, and handling some tough questions. For instance, I asked him, "How much Exchange data could I possibly lose with DPM 2007?" As you might expect, the answer really depends, but DPM takes backup checkpoints on 15 minute intervals. The way DPM works is pretty fascinating and for those of you considering replicating your data and systems to another location, this is a solution you should test against your needs.
Here are some resources you should spend a few minutes looking at:
http://blogs.technet.com/jbuff/archive/2007/08/20/how-dpm-filter-technology-really-works.aspx is a nice screencast on the stuff that happens under the covers.
http://blogs.technet.com/jbuff/archive/2007/10/17/DPM-2007-has-RTMd.aspx is Jason's blog post on the RTM announcement for Data Protection Manager 2007.
Let's not forget the official System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 apartment on microsoft.com.
Protection for Exchange Server:
DPM offers integrated support for Exchange Servers 2003 and 2007 with advanced cluster configurations.
- System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Protects Exchange Server Datasheet - If your company relies on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage and deliver information, as well as to communicate with your customers and partners, see how System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 can help you protect your business critical data.
- Protecting Exchange Server with DPM 2007 White Paper - DPM 2007 offers comprehensive data protection for organizations of all sizes, helping to maintain the business value of your Exchange Server infrastructure by making it better protected and more available.
- On-demand TechNet Webcast: Protecting Exchange Server with System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 - Here we show you how to use Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) to protect servers running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2003.
Protection for SQL Server:
DPM enables shorter SQL Server backup windows without the need for compression. DPM also provides one touch application restores with zero data loss.
- System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Protects SQL Server Datasheet - If you depend on Microsoft SQL Server to manage and deliver information within your company, see how System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 can help you protect your business critical data.
- Protecting SQL Server with DPM 2007 White Paper - DPM 2007 offers comprehensive data protection for organizations of all sizes, helping to maintain the business value of your SQL Server infrastructure with enhanced protection making it more available.
- On-demand TechNet Webcast: Protecting SQL Server with System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 - Here we show you how Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) can provide continuous data protection for Microsoft SQL Server.