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Hello,

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.

Thanks
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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...

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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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