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I am considering Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010.
I have multiple sites that need to be backed up to our HQ.  
We have high speed internet access at each site, no point to point lines.

Can Microsoft DPM 2010 backup to local storage and also have a copy reside at our HQ?

How would the first backup get to HQ, the internetwould be too slow.
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by:2Cs
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From what I can see it will do what you need but I am unsure about:

1)Multiple sites - it doesn't state that they aren't supported but I believe it will require a DPM server at each office

2)When you say high speed internet are you referring to ADSL, Cable or Lease (Dedicated Line)?

3)How much data will you be sending?

Al
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Also here is a link to the evaluation copy to trial:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/bb727240.aspx
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by:ie0
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2CS,
My remote sites have all of the above; ADSL, Cable, T1 etc.
My HQ has very high upload nad download.

I have seen the trial but I cannot spent the time trying it if offsite backups are not a feature.

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by:2Cs
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This link is the data sheet for the application, it allows disk backup, tape backup and additional off site tape/disk backup.

http://www.microsoft.com/DOWNLOADS/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=16a9cdb5-b3ab-48da-ae51-3eca3da6c61f

It doesn't matter if your HQ has high speeds, if the other sites are not as fast then upload and download will be slow. Speed will only be as fast as the slowest connection.

We have a 10mb dedicated lease line and to download a 1GB file from (http://www.thinkbroadband.com/download.html) takes 17 minutes. We have 1MB download speed and upload speed. Might be work testing with a large file to each site to see what happens.

Al
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ArneLovius earned 2000 total points
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DPM for remote locations with under 10mb connectivity (link bandwidth) just isn't worth it.

a description of what services you have at each site that you want to back up would be useful
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by:ie0
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Arne,
 My remote sites have various services ranging from Exchange to SQL to file/print.
Total data at each site ranges from 20GB to 100GB.
Users range from 5 - 30.

I would think if I could somehow physically copy the initial backup via USB hard drive to HQ then a standard high speed internet line would surfice?
ISP speed ranges from 1Mb/s to 10Mb/s

tThanks.
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I'd download an eval copy and test it both with cenral DPM only and with remote and central DPM

With just a cenral location I think it will be fine untll something goes wrong with an Exchange backup and you need to run a consistancy check, then you're in the bown sticky smelly stuff. You can imitate this happening by doing a local backup of an exchange server, which will put the logs out of kilter according to DPM.

Having a DPM server at each location, and doing DPM to DPM to get your backups back to HQ is probably a better bet, and to do the initial DPM to DPM backup you could transport your remote DPM server to HQ to do ts first backup, then send it back out to the remote site.

You might want to look at centralising your Exchange servers, possibly in a CCR cluster (2007) or a DAG (2010) to reduce your remote backup load  and provide better availability...





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by:Robertch1969
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I personally have DPM running in a large enterprise network.

we backup 20 remote locations back to 2 central servers over various speed links ranging from 1mb up to 10 mb and it is working fine and has been for 12 months.

for the sites with the slowest links i bought a copy of the remote data to the HQ and pre staged it at setup but has been fine since then
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