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System Center 2012 SP1 – Data Protection Manager New Features

System Center Data Protection Manager continues to evolve and add significant value with every release – here are the major enhancements within a Hyper-V estate.


Paul Gregory | 30 January 2013

System Center Data Protection Manager continues to evolve and add significant value with every release – here are the major enhancements within a Hyper-V estate.

Improvements within Virtual Environments

  • Support for CSV 2.0. This includes a 900% performance improvement when performing Express Full backups, parallel backup support and SMB share support
  • Protection of Hyper-V VM's stored on an SMB share to enable back of Live Migrated VM's, Scaled-Out file server deployments (new in WS2012) and efficient Express Full Backups.
  • Exclusion of VM pagefiles with incremental backups
  • Will provide continuous backup for VM's Live Migrated between standalone hosts, clusters or from clusters to standalone host and vice versa

Additional areas of improvements

  • Support for Windows Server 2012 Scale out file server
  • CSV support when data other than VM's are stored on the volume
  • Windows Server 2012 optimized DeDeuplication backup
  • Integration with Windows Azure backup (pre-production only)

Upgrading to SP1

DPM does not have any dependencies on the other System Center products so can be upgraded in any order. But DPM does need to be running Update Rollup 3 (KB2751230) before applying SP1 can proceed. Also be aware that SP1 will require all protection agents to be upgraded which might require the protected computers to need to be rebooted. Also protection groups will need to have a consistency check performed against them.
Full upgrade documentation is available
here .

Also remember QA has a full portfolio of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 training courses

Paul
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QA Training | Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory

Head of Microsoft Infrastructure

A Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1995, Paul has worked both for and with some of the world's leading IT Services organisations – including Unisys, Dell and Microsoft during the Microsoft Windows (TAP) Technology Adoption Programme. Paul specializes in delivering training around the Windows Operating system as well infrastructure and management solutions around System Center going right back to SMS 1.0. Paul is a frequent visitor to Microsoft's Global Headquarters in Seattle to attend early product workshops and for many years has delivered training courses around the world on behalf of Microsoft. In addition to being actively involved in Microsoft's Windows TAP programme, Paul has recently delivered both Microsoft's Private Cloud 2012 readiness training to partners in the UK and was a member of the Microsoft global training team delivering Windows Server 2012 early adopter training. During recent years Microsoft has requested Paul to deliver System Center training at both Redmond and The South American head office to Microsoft Partners.
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