Support DPM 2019 to backup Microsoft products being in extended support
As we read, DPM 2019 can only backup Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint of versions being in mainstream support. That is, only everything 2016 or 2019, and SQL from 2014 or higher.
If this keeps true, it would be VERY disappointing. We have to migrate so many customers to 2019 level this year, and those customers have lots 2012 R2, 2012 and even 2008 R2 servers, Exchange 2010/2013 and so on. Having DPM 2019 not backing up those versions makes our migration plans even more complicated than they are already due to dependencies of product versions to domain controller versions, SQL versions and so on. We may be forced to insert migration steps to DPM 2016 first, and then to DPM 2019. I am sure you can see what difficulties, time and money goes for such added complexity.
So PLEASE consider re-enabling DPM 2019 backing up everything at least from 2012 upwards - as you have done some time ago while re-enabling backing up Windows Server 2003 due to very similar customer feedback, do you remember? ;-)
DPM 2019 now supports projecting Windows Server 2012 / Windows Server 2012 R2 workloads.
Currently we don’t plan on supporting protection of SQL, Exchange and SharePoint versions not in mainstream support.
It is really sad to see Microsoft to not support backups of their own products which still are in extended support! We have several SQL 2012 Servers but also need to provide Windows Server 2019 to customers. I am not willing to set up two different DPM Servers to backup these workloads. We will have a look at competitors' backup software.
Scott Gehrke commented
FYI, Windows Server 2012 / 2012 R2 were added in early April 2019:
Servers (64-bit) Windows Server 2019, 2016, ***2012 R2, 2012***
This is a big problem for us since we still have a lot of DPM 2012R2. First we had the DPM 2016 disaster, which was a complete mess on release with Modern Backup Storage. Now we can't backup like half of our workloads anymore because someone decided it's a good idea to randomly not support Windows Server 2012R2.
It seems Microsoft is trying really hard to get rid of the DPM customer base.
Christian Wimmer commented
At least give us basic files backups for Windows Server 2012R2 support, that OS still has over 4 years of extended support left.
We mostly skipped Windows Server 2016 due to all the problems we had with DPM 2016 and Modern Backup Storage. The ReFS problems took Microsoft a long time to fix.
I don't really feel like running multiple DPM servers with different versions just to be able to backup the systems we have. Sharepoint 2019 is just around the corner for us.
Please consider allowing DPM 2019 to protect Server 2012/R2.