Has System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 purged the ghost of 2007?

After a rough start with SCDPM 2007, I return to the next-gen version of my old nemesis to see if we can finally make peace

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From that point, setting up the continuous data protection configuration for Exchange was pretty easy. Everything from deploying the agent on the Exchange DAG servers to configuring the Protection Group went smoothly. SCDPM gets a thumbs-up from me; the bad blood is gone (for SCDPM 2010, that is; I'm still keeping my distance from SCDPM 2007).

So that you don't try to use SCDPM with an supported Microsoft product (like SQL Server 2008 R2), note that SCDPM 2010 supports the following server products:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 through 2008 R2
  • SQL Server 2000 through 2008 R2
  • Exchange Server 2003 through 2010
  • SharePoint Server 2003 through 2010
  • Dynamics AX 2009
  • Essentials Business Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2008
  • SAP running on SQL Server
  • Windows XP through 7 client systems
  • Various flavors of Hyper-V (including Hyper-V Server 2008 and 2008 R2, and Hyper-VServer 2008 and 2008 R2 with Hyper-V)
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2

As for scalability, although I tested DPM 2010 with only a handful of servers, the claim is that a single SCDPM server can protect as many as 100 servers, 1,000 laptops, or -- not and -- 2,000 databases. SCDPM also provides site-to-site replication for disaster recovery to either another SCDPM server or an off-site cloud provider. Centrally managed system state and bare-metal recovery are new features in SCDPM 2010.

My faith is restored in SCDPM as an enterprise-worthy tool, but it requires reading and/or some training; it's not a simple, traditional backup-and-recovery tool. It's more capable, but it also has a ton of new terms and features you may never have worked with before. Replicas, synchronization of blocks, protection groups, agents, storage pools -- you can get lost in all the options and features. Take the time to learn and plan what you are doing first before you install SCDPM 2010.

This article, "Has System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 purged the ghost of 2007?," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of J. Peter Bruzzese's Enterprise Windows blog and follow the latest developments in Windows at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.

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