DPM 2010 - BMR for a 2003 VM on a 2008 R2 CSV

Posted on 2011-04-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Does DPM 2010 allow for Bare Metal Recovery of a 2003 or other non 2008 OS if the following conditions are met?

• DPM 2010 server
• Hyper-V 2008 Cluster using Cluster Shared Volumes
• BMR backups are performed via the cluster host server instead of directly to the virtual server
• DPM 2010 Recovery option “Recover to original instance” is selected

If this type of restore works it would seem to be more like the Vizioncore restores I am familiar with on Vmware.  I am aware of the steps needed to BMR  a 2008 server using the Windows 2008 installer disc.

When I look around most hits talk about using the System Recovery Tool from DPM 2007 for 2003 BMR restores but it seems like BMR backups via the the clustered HyperV hosts eliminates this old step.

We are in the process of building another development HyperV farm or I would just plain test it out right now but if anyone has already done a BMR via the 2008 R2 clustered hosts (CSV) for a 2003 VM server I’d like to hear about it.

Question by:miller_jond
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    Accepted Solution

    If I read you correctly, you are asking if you can do a BMR of a guest running on a hyper-v host.

    If you are only using the DPM agent on the host, then it isn't really a BMR operation, its a VM backup and restore operation.

    Have you read this ?

    Author Comment

    I need to correct my terminology.  So it appears that a simple VM backup and restore operation of any OS via the host is doable.   Thanks for link.  I'll check it out.  If I was needing to BMR a physical 2003 machine then I would need to use SRT with DPM 2007.


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