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  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

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         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
                                                                                                                                   virtual machines.

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