Need Help using Data Protection Manager 2010

Posted on 2011-04-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

I have used Acronis software for years, but I have been very dissapointed with them lately. I'm exploring the possiblitly of using DPM 2010 as an alternative but I'm having a hard time getting the configuration right. Basically, I want to be able to swap an external drive every night and take one offsite in case of fire. I found an article that would have me use dpmbackup.exe to copy the backup to an external USB or eSATA drive, but I cannot seem to get it working.

I am backing up Hyper-V Virtual Machines with the DPM Agent installed on each. I have run dpmbackup -replicas and it shows that it has created snapshots, but I don't see them anywhere. I ran dmpbackup -db and I do see that file.

Question 1: What files do I need on an external drive in order to restore the entire VM in a new environment?

Question 2: Does anyone have an article somewhere that describes this copy to external drive process in detail?

I know there are a lot of small business out there looking for a similar setup, but I can't find much on google. I don't want to shell out $800 for Firestreamer plus the cost of DPM if there is a way to copy these backups to an external drive.

Question by:PentadSupport
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    Accepted Solution

    DPM doesn't work if you just unplug its storage, but I assume you already found that out. So there are basically two possible solutions to get an off-site disk-based backup:
    * Using virtual tape drive software, like Firestreamer, but also available from Falconstor, StarWind,...
    * Using a second DPM-server at another location and doing server -> DPM 1 -> DPM 2 backups.

    So if you don't want to spend money on a virtual tape drive, and if a secondary DPM-server isn't an option either, you'll have to get creative. Some possibilities:
    * Running DPM in a virtual machine: that way you can shut this VM down, export/copy all (VHD) files to external disk and boot the virtual DPM-server again.
    * After the backups, schedule restores in DPM (using a scheduled powershell script), to "restore" the data to another location which is your removable storage.
    Any way, it'll be a complex solution, so maybe the $800 for firestreamer is an still an option...


    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you for that. You're probably right. Since it is the only option, firestreamer is probably the way to go despite the cost. I really hope that microsoft adds in the functionality to do archive backups to removable hard drives soon. The cost is very high for a small business with just a couple servers.

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