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  1. Allow backup of shares located on a Storage Spaces Direct SOFS with Azure Backup Server

    For the moment it is not possible to backup files located on a SOFS using Storage Spaces Direct with Azure Backup Server or DPM

    16 votes
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  2. DPM and Azure Backup Server - Reduce the severty of the alert ID 33344

    This alert is about skipped backups due to the last disk backup already backed to cloud.
    The severity of this alert should be modified, from critical to warning.

    20 votes
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  3. File-level restore from online recovery point for vmware backup

    Item/file-level restore from vmware snapshot backups is only possible from short-term disk recovery points. Please add the option to restore a single file from a online recovery point instead the need of restoring the whole VM.

    14 votes
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  4. SCDPM: Express full backup schedule in HH:MM and not only in 30 min steps

    In a high dense hosting environments a lot of happens in hour or even half an hour intervals. So starting at a different time would be helpful.

    10 votes
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  5. Add ability to make choice reg. SQL log truncation when doing host level backups

    Add the ability to choose wether transaction logs are truncated (backed up) when doing host level backups of VMs where SQL Server is running. In former DPM version this choice was possible as documented in https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/975354
    According to DPM specialist DPM 2012R2 (and newer) is currently not implementing the IVssBackupComponents::SetBackupOptions API which would allow to control the log truncation behavior.
    Business scenario is to be able to back up a VM, while still leveraging SQL backups via maintenance plans and not let the DPM backup interfer with SQL backups.

    In earlier Windows OS Version (pre 2012) it was possible to…

    7 votes
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  6. Fix for the 16TB Volume Limit in DPM

    Because DPM formats its Replica and Recovery point volumes by default with an allocation unit size of 4K the volumes cannot grow beyond 16TB because of the NTFS limits.
    This is a show stopper in enterprise environment respectively for big data source in general. (e.g. Fileserver or VMs with volumes in size of multiple TBs)
    Please fix this!
    If DPM would check the allocation unit size of the data source (source volume) and will format, its replica and recovery point volume with the same settings the problem should be fixed in the most situations. (e.g. when the source volume has…

    16 votes
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  7. 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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  8. 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.

    16 votes
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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.

    19 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. DPM 2012 R2 - Support for SQL 2014 SP1 Workloads

    Support for SQL 2014 SP1 Workloads in SCDPM 2012 R2

    3 votes
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  15. 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…

    8 votes
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  16. 8 votes
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  17. 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…

    30 votes
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 12 votes
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