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  1. 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.

    37 votes
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  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. 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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  8. 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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  9. hyperv backups

    Please fix dpm to auto add and delete vm's from a protected server.

    14 votes
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  10. 12 votes
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  11. 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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  12. Option to remove missing tape media and libraries that are de-funct in SC DPM

    Expose a command let or an option to let users remove tape library and tapes in SC DPM

    10 votes
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  13. Enable Auditing Feature in DPM

    Every application trying to scale towards Enterprise Level should have Auditing enabled to capture smallest of changes. Role based is an option but cannot replace auditing which can help in multiple ways for eg: find repeated human errors, process errors etc which are backborn when it come to Operations. today i can't even find out who did what as no one's ready to agree they did a mistake which makes it impossible to correct things. this will also help bringing the potential defects if any in DPM workflow

    9 votes
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  14. SCDPM Failed job report

    A report of failed jobs like the Failed jobs for yesterday and today, preferable configurable for time frame e.g. last day, last week, last month

    9 votes
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 8 votes
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  20. 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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