How to protect Microsoft Virtualization platforms
System Center Data Protection There Is a Better Way to Back Up DPM presents the VMs for protection
Manager 2010 delivers unified data Microsoft Virtualization hosts! with awareness of how the VMs will be
protection for Windows servers and backed up – either while the VMs are
clients as a best-of-breed backup & If your company relies on Microsoft® online (using child snapshots) or
recovery solution from Microsoft, for Hyper-V™ virtualization technologies temporarily taken offline (hibernation).
Windows environments. within your server infrastructure, who
will you trust to ensure its protection New in DPM 2010 for Hyper-V
DPM 2010 provides the best and recovery?
protection and most supportable DPM 2010 has been enhanced for
restore scenarios from disk, tape and As part of the overall Microsoft virtualization environments, including
cloud -- in a scalable, manageable and Virtualization platform, System Center Hyper-V R2:
cost-effective way. Data Protection Manager 2010
provides host-based and guest-based Support for Hyper-V R2
backup to disk, to tape and to cloud. LiveMigration scenarios,
including protection for
Maximizing Protection of Microsoft Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).
Hyper-V technologies with Microsoft
Data Protection Manager Ability to restore VMs to an
alternate VM host then where
DPM 2010 is designed for the it was backed up from.
Virtualization or Server Administrator
(or the IT generalist) and uses wizards Able to restore individual files
and workflows to help ensure that you from a host-based VM backup
can protect your data – without (where the VM did not require
requiring an advanced degree, training an agent).
or certification in storage and backup
How DPM protects Virtual Machines How VM backups should be done Individual File or Directory – You can
select individual file objects from a
DPM protects virtual machines based By leveraging the internal VSS VHD, if the VM file systems are
on the how the Hyper-V VSS* writer technologies within the Hyper-V readable by the DPM server, in which
reports the capabilities of the VM: Integration Components (HV-ICs) and case those individual files can be
the workload’s VSS writers, Hyper-V restored directly to any network
If the VM is VSS capable, meaning provides a method of using VSS within location.
that the guest is running Windows a VM which delivers an application-
Server 2003 or better, as well as aware backup and a snapshot’ed VHD. Note, this capability is for file-based
VSS-capable applications like SQL objects. Application-based data (e.g.
Server – then the VM can typically Once the VM is internally snapped, the database) should be restored from a
be backed up while the VM is outside of the VHDs are also snapped guest-based application-aware backup,
online (without interruption). using VSS. Then any discrepancies instead of a host-based file backup of a
between the two snaps are resolved .MDF or .EDB file.
If the VM or one of its internal before the DPM agent identifies any
workloads is not VSS capable, then new blocks within the VHDs. The If you are virtualized, check out the
the VM will be momentarily changed blocks are then sent to the System Center suites.
hibernated so that it can be backed DPM server, where they can be applied
up and then resumed. to the DPM server’s copy of the VHDs. Protecting a Hyper-V host requires an
“Enterprise” DPM management license
In either case, DPM utilizes the Hyper-V What can I restore with DPM? (E-DPML), with agents for guest VMs
VSS writer to synchronize block-level purchased separately.
differences within the VHDs using a Whole VM – You can restore the entire The E-DPML is also included within the
process called an “Express Full”, which VM to either its original host or an System Center bundle suites, including:
identifies which blocks have changed in alternate virtualization host. Because
the entire VHD and then sends just the DPM captures the metadata of the SC Essentials Plus – midsized orgs
updated blocks or fragments. This virtual machine configuration, DPM is Enterprise Mgmt. suite (SMSE)
provides a complete and consistent able to recreate the VM on the original Datacenter Mgmt. suite (SMSD)
image of the virtual hard disk files on Hyper-V host or new host, with the
the DPM server or appliance. DPM result being a complete VM restore. One of the benefits of the System
maintains up to 512 shadow copies of Center suites is use rights for your
the full VHD set by storing only the VHD – You can restore a single VHD guests, so that you can buy the
block-level differences between any from a virtual machine, so that you can appropriate suite for your host (even a
two images. recover an entire data set to a previous non-Hyper-V host) and get use rights
point in time. for your guest VMs.
* VSS – Volume Shadow copy Services
If you depend on Microsoft Hyper-V to
deliver a virtual infrastructure within
your company, take a look at how DPM
can protect your virtualized
infrastructure. As you deploy new
Hyper-V R2 (or continue to manage
your existing Hyper-V 2008 or
Microsoft Virtual Server hosts), know
that DPM 2010 is ready to protect your
To learn more, go to:
For more information about Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, visit www.microsoft.com/DPM .
For information on the System Center family of IT management technologies for midsized organizations and enterprises, visit www.microsoft.com/SystemCenter.
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