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  1. Add support for backup for exchange/sql server database on ReFS volumes

    Following the best practices guide for Exchange on TechNet, you can locate the database files on a volume formatted with ReFS file system,

    Unfortunately, Exchange and SQL Server databases can't be backed up by DPM from a ReFS volume (only NTFS works).

    79 votes
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  2. SCDPM - Evacuate Disks (Backup-to-disk)

    At the moment there are several scripts based on MigrateDatasourceDataFromDPM.ps1 to make it easier to move data from disk to disk.

    I think it would be really helpful to implement this functionality directly in the DPM GUI. At least some kind of maintenance mode for disks to clean them up before removing them.

    8 votes
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  3. Add SCDPM support for Hyper-V VM backups on non MS smb 3.0 file shares via File Server Remote VSS Protocol

    SCDPM doesn't seem to support MS File Server Remote VSS Protocol for non Microsoft SMB 3.0 Storage Solutions. It always asks to have a a DPM Agent installed on the source, which is clearly not possible on non MS File Share servers. Nutanix for example has the MS-FSRVP implemented which seems to be leveraged by Veeam. SCDPM even seems to backup a Clustered Scale Out File Server by backing up VMs on the CSV via Agent and not directly via share.

    15 votes
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  4. Summary E-Mail Notifications

    If there is any issue with the backup DPM sends out for each data protection member a single e-mail. This causes frequently mass e-mail. This vast of e-mail is mostly Spam. Since many things heal itself, e.g. after a temporary network issue/server reboot, etc. Please send instead a single e-mail if after a given time e.g. after one hour is an important event.

    2 votes
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  5. Improve Reliability

    We are running DPM and bi-yearly basis is silently dies. This is often related to Windows updates. We do not get any message in this case. Overall the software is way to instable. Please improve product stability.

    2 votes
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  6. Copy from Cloud to Tape/Disk

    As same as IaaS, Backup as a Service should allow customer to move backup to cloud and move back without any limitation.

    3 votes
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  7. Allow to change the free tape threshold limit

    Make the free tape threshold user configurable. The default value of 20% is in the most cases to much reserve and therefore the alert comes to early. Make a option in the GUI or via PowerShell to set the threshold to a desired value.

    8 votes
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  8. Maintenance Mode

    Please implement some kind of Maintenance mode (gui or powershell). Sometimes a downtime is needed and it would be great if there is a simple way to set DPM in Maintenence Mode so that missed jobs does not lead to inconsistent data sources and require a consistency check.

    17 votes
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  9. DPM 2012 R2 - Support for SQL 2014 SP1 Workloads

    Support for SQL 2014 SP1 Workloads in SCDPM 2012 R2

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  10. Configurable scratch size

    With large file volumes with over 1 million files, the scratch space for DPM to Azure backup is up to 20%. That's an extra 408GB for every 2 TB protected file data that needs to be attached to the DPM server. In a hosted environment where the disk allocated to DPM costs per GB it would be great if I could reduce the space used for the scratch volume even if it meant my dedupe in Azure was less - I.e. rather than allocating 400GB on premise I would happily add 50 GB on DPM if I could limit scratch…

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  11. 8 votes
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  12. Support for MS Storage Spaces (instead of dynamic volumes)

    Storage spaces are a cool Feature on local Windows Server installations. But they are more than cool: they add many features which weren't available in past: e.g. thin disks, mirroring/parity volumes and more.

    This should be the preferred method for DPM instead of dynamic disks.

    One of the supported Features might be for using SSD write cache to get sync data from remote Servers as fast as possible (to make the backup time window as small as possible) and then writing that data back to very slow parity volumes.

    A general config should be there per protection Group for defining…

    28 votes
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  13. Add Online/Azure Recovery Points visibility to SSRT (SQL Self-service Recovery Tool)

    Currently DPM's SSRT for SQL Admins can only view the local Recovery Points. We need to allow our SQL Admins to restore the Azure Recovery Points as well.

    3 votes
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  14. Application Consistent Backup for Guest Applications

    Having to install a DPM agent directly on VM Guests is at best a very annoying/inelegant implement for application consistent backups inside a guest (for enterprises), and at worst a giant technical hurdle (for hosters with shielded VMs and/or inaccessible tenant guest VMs).

    Please add some hybrid capabilities to the integration vss writer that can create app consistent backups for SQL, EXCH, etc...

    2 votes
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  15. 12 votes
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  16. Intelligence for backup extended to include Data Protection Manager to Azure

    We would like to be able to have good summary information around backup where we don't have an Azure only solution. In a case where we are seeing a lot of growth around IaaS workloads that are not in Azure but are Windows server based where we use a lot of System Center for Monitoring, Management and Backup. It would be great to consolidate backup information from multiple customers where we manage their environment and need to meet in this case backup SLA's using DPM either D2D2VTL or D2D2Azure. Having a backup summary would allow at a glance to show…

    2 votes
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  17. DPM error messages.

    Please update error messages so they can be understood in english of what they mean. Error messages are almost always vague and require a lot of troubleshooting. Please just tell us the problem. We don't have time to trouble shoot dpm issues that take several days.

    35 votes
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  18. 7 votes
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  19. Check if The Dpm CPWrapper Service is running when upgrading a DPM Agent and start it after the upgrade

    Hi,

    After the installation of an Update Rollup for DPM for Protected Servers that use Certificate Based Authentication the "DPM CPWrapper Service" is always disabled. The is also the case on the DPM Server it self. It would be nice if the installation package could check if the service is running and, if so, to start it again after the upgrade.

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  20. using DPM in azure to backup On-premises servers

    Hi, i have several SMALL site, each of which contains servers that needs to be backed up. is it possible to install/use an already installed DPM server on Azure, and simply install agents (or whatever they are called) on each on-premises server to have them backup their information to Azure cloud?
    thank you,
    Gil

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