System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) is a pretty cool tool but always seems to be the poor relation in the Industry for protection of workloads and environments. This was mainly due to the fact it could only protect key Microsoft workloads such as SQL, SharePoint and Exchange as well as virtual machines running on Hyper-V.  Well recently it was announced that we now have support for protection of virtual machines running on VMware platform. This will allow enterprise customers to have a single backup solution across their heterogeneous IT environment.  YEY this has been a long time coming.  If you are wondering what DPM can actually protect then look at the protection support matrix https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj860400(v=sc.12).aspx

There is also a free ebook and more detailed info here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/microsoft_press/2016/08/30/free-ebook-supplement-microsoft-system-center-data-protection-manager-vmware-private-cloud-protection/

So some key facts:

  • Agentless Backup – DPM uses VMware’s VADP API to protect VMware VMs remotely without installing agents on vCenter or ESXi servers. This frees admins from the hassle of managing agents for VMware VM backup.
  • Integrated Hybrid Backup helps customers in backing up to disk for operational recovery and to cloud using Azure Backup for offsite copy or longterm retention
  • First class integration with VMware allows customers to backup VMs stored in different storage targets like NFS and cluster storage seamlessly without any extra manual steps. vCenter’s capability to organize VMs in folders helps customers in managing large environments with ease.  DPM can discover and protect at folder level.  This enables protection of VMs that are present currently and also any new VMs that gets added into this folder in future.

Watch this video:

This next part is extracted from the DPM Team Blog:

Here are the four simple steps to configure VMware server and DPM to protect VMware VMs.  If you already have DPM 2012 R2 installed, please download and install UR11 to get started with VMware VM Backup in order to see the options.

1. Enable a secure SSL communication between DPM and VMware server


2.Add a new user with certain minimum privileges

 

3.Add VMware Server to DPM

 

4.Protect VMware VMs with DPM

 

If you are new to Azure Backup and want to enable Azure Backup for long term retention, refer to Preparing to backup workloads to Azure with DPM