Rules to Better Data Protection Manager (DPM)

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  1. Do you setup SharePoint backups in the correct order?

    DPM is great for backing up SharePoint data, but when you select to back up the SharePoint role of a server, DPM will only backup the SharePoint_Config database and the content databases, which is less than ideal.
    To back up the SharePoint Server properly in DPM:

    1. Create a new Protection Group, for our example we will call it SharePoint Protection
    2. In the new Protection Group, add protection for the for the SharePoint role on your SharePoint server:

      Notice that SharePoint protection only selects the SharePoint_Config and Content databases.
      Notice that SharePoint protection only selects the SharePoint_Config and Content databases.
    3. Now browse to the SQL Server and add the entire SharePoint SQL Instance to the SharePoint Protection group. You will notice that you are unable to select some of the databases, as they are already being protected by SharePoint role protection.

      Ensure you back up the remaining databases in the SharePoint SQL Instance
      Ensure you back up the remaining databases in the SharePoint SQL Instance

    After following these steps you will have full protection of your SharePoint databases.
  2. Do you know the limitations when installing DPM as a Virtual Machine?

    It might make sense in your environment to install a DPM Server inside a Virtual Machine. While it is supported by Microsoft, there are a few limitations you need to be aware of.
    • The Hyper-V role cannot be installed on the DPM server when it has been virtualized. This prevents you doing item level restores from inside Hyper-V virtual machines.
    • You are unable to use hardware tape libraries inside the Virtual Machine. You are still able to use iSCSI or Virtual Tape libraries though.

    Further to this, it is also recommend that you use iSCSI or Pass-Through disks if you are going to be using DPM inside a Virtual Machine. Using VHD’s in the storage pool is going to give you poor performance.