Happy Holidays Cluster Fans!


The System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 Beta is now available for download and testing. 


This supports backing up your Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) disks, in addition to the following Clustering and Hyper-V features:

·         Supports Windows Server from 2003 through 2008 R2 including Hyper-V Server 2008 and 2008 R2

·         Protection of Live Migration-enabled servers running on CSV in Hyper-V R2

·         Flexibility to protect virtual machines from Windows guests or from the hypervisor host

·         Host-based backups will now enable single-item restores from within the VHD

·         Ability to restore virtual machines to an alternative host

·         Enhanced disaster recovery options for long-distance data protection and business continuity initiatives


Try the Beta now at: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/dataprotectionmanager/en/us/2010beta-overview.aspx.

Documentation of how to use DPM 2010 with CSV is included with the download package.


[2/23/10] Update: The DPM 2010 Release Candidate (RC) is now available!  Download it here: http://connect.microsoft.com/site840/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=26452

More information at the DPM team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2010/02/15/data-protection-manager-2010-release-candidate-now-available.aspx



We still strongly recommend using a hardware snapshot provider for protecting CSV workloads.  The rationale for this recommendation is described here: http://blogs.technet.com/asim_mitra/archive/2009/12/11/snapshot-provider-considerations-while-backing-up-a-csv-cluster.aspx


If you have any issues, comments or feedback, you can report them to Microsoft’s Customer Service and Support (CSS), your Technical Account Manager (TAM) or discuss it in the DPM Newsgroup.



Symon Perriman
Program Manager II
Clustering & High-Availability