HP Dataprotector 6.11

Dear Experts
One of our clients is looking  to setup the HP dataprotector 6.11 to do image backup of the windows server (Physical  server) to disk  and to convert this image into VM server for disaster recovery testing.
a. Is it possible to do this requirement on HP DP
b. if yes , is there  any additional license requirement, Steps to go further
c.Any other backup software which can mee this requirement , except symanctec .

i am relativly new to HP Dataprotector
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Thomas RushCommented:
I would be surprised if it were possible to do this.

The "image" backup that a backup application performs is not the same as what a virtual machine environment does to get a bootable image that a VM can be created from.

Backup application image backups are sector-by-sector copies of the data on a disk, not intended to be bootable in them selves, but designed to give the fastest possible backup when the disk would otherwise be too slow to keep the backup tape target streaming.  It's very difficult to get an individual file from an image backup.

That said -- I could be wrong.   And I know that Data protector 6.10 and above have lots of new features around VMware integration.   I suggest you check out the whitepapers at http://www.hp.com/go/dataprotector  and see if there is something there that can help you.

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Data protector is not support Windows Disk Image backup. (but so easy for linux).
You can use Acronis or BackupExec.

abileelAuthor Commented:

I agree with your suggestion,  i had a trial run   on test servers and DP 6.1 is not capable of backing up open files  (system volume ie os volume) to image.   and also backup imaged file cannot be converted to VM . That says my cusotmer requirement is not going to happen.


Have you tried the same scenairo with backup exec, if yes, which version
My requiremt is to get the  backup as image file, and use this file to mount to vm host for diaster recovery, so that i can get disaster test for software and hardware regardless of model and make.

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Thomas RushCommented:
Data Protector does have an open file option that should be able to back up open files regardless of whether it's a disk image or file-by-file backup.

And it can also create a disaster-recovery backup, which can be used to boot directly off of the tape itself (without use of floppy or CD media) to restore an entire server -- but I have never considered trying to use that DR backup to create a VM image.  This function requires a supported tape drive, and a server with firmware/BIOS that supports it as well.
abileelAuthor Commented:

Do u have any suggestion other than DP for my requirement.
Thomas RushCommented:
If you go to www.hp.com/go/dataprotector , you'll find a bunch of whitepapers on backing up VMs with Data Protector.    One  problem with VM backups is that it's still a constantly changing area.   The second problem is that there are so many ways to do it.   Each method has its  benefits and its drawbacks.   In your shoes, it's going to have to be read, read, read, until you understand the tradeoffs and can find the strategy that meets your customer's needs best.
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