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  1. File-level restore from Linux VM on VMware / Hyper-V.

    Add capability to restore files from backup of a linux virtual machine on VMware and Hyper-V.

    9 votes

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  2. 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…

    9 votes

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  3. Export/import tape information in DPMDB

    Over time may be necessary to replace a DPM system with one or more new DPM systems. An in-place upgrade is not always the best choice as well as reinstalling a new DPM system starting from an old DPMDB.
    In all these situations we have to deal with a decision: keep the old DPM system to have a track of the tapes retention and content or create a static report of this information with a PS script.
    I think that a tape information export/import would be useful.

    9 votes

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  4. Database of LTO contents.

    If you use more LTO tapes than space in LTO library you have to notify what is on each tape.

    It should be more userfriendly:
    - if you need to restore some data - DPM should ask for Tape with correct ID
    - if you have an expired tapes - DPM schould inform which tapes (which are offsite) you can use.

    9 votes

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  5. Exchange 2016 support with SCDPM 2016

    Please bring official support of backing up the newest version of Exchange with the newest version of SCDPM.

    8 votes

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 8 votes

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  9. Exclude disks for VM-level backups - Hyper-V

    Request the ability to exclude entire disks from a VM level backup. An example would be a VM level backup of a SQL server but we want to exclude the database dump volume since that contains redundant data.

    Another example is a file server that has multiple large historical drives (static data) and one active drive receiving new data. The fileserver could be protected at the VM level to target the active data but ignore the drives with static data.

    7 votes

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  10. Allow DPM to backup VMWare guests with Independent disks

    Currently, VMDKs in "Independent" mode cause DPM protection jobs to fail when using VMWare protection. The fix (I assume) would be to allow DPM to support non-memory consistent snapshots.

    https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1007532
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dpm/2017/01/16/support-tip-dpm-recovery-point-or-consistency-check-for-a-protected-vmware-vm-fails-with-filefaultfault-error/

    This currently prevents us from efficiently protecting Exchange and SQL workloads in VMWare.

    7 votes

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  11. Enabling Online Backup on a Secondary DPM Server

    We would like to enable Online Backup on a secondary DPM Server.
    The Scenario is the following:
    We have several small branches connected to a Datacenter using MPLS connection, the branch offices do not have direct Internet access, the Internet access is shared through the Datacenter.
    We have one DPM server in each site and a secondary DPM server in the Datacenter, therefore we would like to enable Online Backup to Azure on the secondary DPM server and not on the primary.
    This is very important scenario that is holding back the customer to use Azure as Offsite/secure location.
    Thank…

    7 votes

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  12. Network bandwidth throttle VMware backup

    I would like the capability to bandwidth throttle VMware backup in the same way that we are able to throttle the DPM agent on Windows servers.

    7 votes

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  13. 7 votes

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  14. Find which tapes were written last weekend so we can send them offsite.

    We need to find which tapes were written last weekend so that we can send them offsite on Mondays.
    I really wish DPM would let us run a report which displays barcodes of the tapes which were written over the last weekend.

    Right now, we can run a custom filter on the jobs and then look through the output of all the jobs which ran and see which tape was used. This is a pretty tedious , manual process.

    7 votes

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  15. Suport for Installing DPM on Windows Server Core.

    There are a few customer reached out to us to support installation of DPM on Windows Server Core. We need more vote and information on this.

    We would like to know how do you like to manage DPM on the server core
    1. As much as possible using PowerShell Commands
    2. Some mandatory task locally using PowerShell and rest using DPM console remotely
    3. Install Appcompat on-demand feature on server core and use the DPM Console locally on server

    Please up vote this idea if you would like to see this support added along with the comment on how do…

    6 votes

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  16. NetApp

    Provide direct data backup options for NetApp and other SAN appliances in DPM.

    6 votes

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  17. Manage StorSimple Backup and Recovery with DPM

    StorSimple has lacked a good way to manage local and cloud snapshots in the 7000 series. I'm not sure how much this has been improved in the 8000 series. I would like to be able to manage the StorSimple backups with DPM. Also it would be nice if this would enable the ability for clients to use the built in previous version recovery that is missing with StorSimple.

    6 votes

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  18. DPM Bare Metal Backups for Windows 7 Clients

    To complement our investment in System Centre and DPM please add support for bare metal protection for Windows 7 client Operating systems the same as we have in Windows Server. We currently have to use a separate backup product to backup Windows 7 systems. Our Windows 7 systems are going to be around for a long time to come as we have just completed an XP migration to Win7 image.

    6 votes

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  19. tape

    If a tape drive (such as LTO4 and newer drives) natively supports hardware encryption make use of that instead of relying on encryption from within in DPM. Same with Compression, make use of hardware capabilities. That way both encryption and compression can be used together.

    6 votes

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  20. StorSimple

    DPM and StorSimple

    Maybe it is possible to find a way how to use the StorSmple appliance as target for disk backups or as virtual tape library.

    6 votes

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