Microsoft CIO Ron Markezich was the keynote speaker this morning at MMS. He talked to the crowd of IT Management gurus about the challenges and solutions in use at Microsoft. IT Ops Manger Calvin Keaton did one of the demos, showing end user recovery using Data Protection Manager beta. Microsoft IT has been running beta versions of DPM for almost a year, getting 24 hour turnaround on about 150 restore requests per month. Backing up ~130 WW branch offices was taking about 11% of all his backup data costs, and about 20% of his total budget, including all the DLT gear. Moving to DPM means that he can save an estimated US $2.8M over the next two years. And he plans to do it with just 14 DPM servers. All the tapes and DLT gear? History.
To enable end user recovery (EUR) of their deleted files you must enable the end-user recovery feature on the DPM server and install the DPM shadow copy client on the client computers. To enable the end-user recovery feature, a member of the Schema Admins group on the domain must configure Active Directory.
DPM Beta supports end-user recovery on computers running Windows XP with SP2. For more information about the shadow copy client software for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2), see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 895536.
The shadow copy client software is available for download from the Microsoft Beta Web site.
For more information on end-user recovery, see DPM Help. For detailed instructions, see the “Configuring Data Protection Manager” chapter in the DPM Planning and Deployment Guide.
Now, you might be thinking this EUR capability would be a big selling point to the mid-market IT Pro – but DPM (1.0 anyway) is definately enterprise-level. The requirements docs state “Data Protection Manager (DPM) is designed to run on a dedicated,single-purpose server. The server must not be a domain controller or application server, and must not double as the host for the DPM MOM Management Pack. The DPM server must have at least two disks installed: one that is dedicated to the system and DPM installation files, and one that is dedicated to the storage pool. The DPM server must be running Windows Server 2003 (Standard r Enterprise Edition) with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later installed.” Not likely that many SMB IT Pros are going to get a stand-alone server for this. Particularly if they can’t double-dip and co-host it on a second DC, for example.