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  1. 3 votes
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  2. Assigning PG backup to specific tape pool based on barcode label

    Option for allotting tapes to tape pools, pools can then be assigned to DPM protection group and the backups will only use tapes from allocated pool.

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  3. ties in DPM, better to help troubleshoot backup problems.

    I'd love to see better logging capabilities in DPM, to better troubleshoot problematic backups.

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  4. Support deduplication of the MBS ReFS volume directly

    Currently the documents for DPM 2019 state:

    > DPM does not support deduplication on ReFS disk used for MBS backups.

    It would be preferable that this is supported as it will provide better performance (not needing to create artificial fragmentation due to 1TB disks, wasted deduplication time due to empty space in a vhdx, no additional abstraction layer or multiple OSes running). Further, ReFS supports 4TB files for deduplication and would allow the deduplication of datasources larger than 1TB.

    Currently I've been running this on a few servers and as far as I can tell there aren't any incompatibilities as…

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  5. Support 3rd party SMTP providers

    In MABS, you can setup an SMTP server for sending emails. The issue is that there is a requirement that the username you supply in the SMTP username field must be a domain user. I have no idea why this is required, but it makes using a 3rd party service such as SendGrid as your SMTP server much harder. In Sendgrid, I setup an API Key which then says I must supply the username as "apikey" and the password is the actual apikey.

    Obviously, the user "apikey" does not exist in the domain, so when MABS checks this, it fails.

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  6. Backup directly to blob

    Allow for DPM to backup directly to blob storage in Azure without the need for local disk (or very little local disk/staging)

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  7. BUG: missing registry key

    Hi,

    I've recently had to rebuild our primary DPM server and chose to go to 1801 > 1807 to future proof a bit! Once the production was up and running I thought it was worth backing that up to another DPM server, so I created one in Hyper-V & got to the installation phase when I had the dreaded "I couldn't find the Hyper-V tools installed" error. However, this one was different - it was looking for a registry key at HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\Setup\HyperVPowerShell. Just out of curiosity I manually created this path in the registry & the installer…

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  8. Allow the SQL db auto-protect schedule to be modified

    Currently, SQL auto-protect jobs run at midnight and will cause tape backup jobs to fail if they are running at midnight with the error:

    The job was cancelled because the user modified the associated protection group. (ID 33342)

    This is per https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/a1f0dd1d-e445-4613-a5e7-e97ab3013428/tape-backup-jobs-failing?forum=dpmtapebackuprecovery&prof=required

    Please allow us to change the schedule the db auto-protect routine runs. It is extremely difficult to try to time the SQL backups to not run across midnight if you have a lot of backup jobs running to tape.

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  9. Deploy DPM agents with Smartcard required account

    Currently, if we want to deploy DPM agents we have to remove Smartcard from our administrative account. We should be able to deploy the agent without being required to provide a username and password.

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  10. Sql server 2017

    Support for new versions of Sql Server with System Center Data Protection Manager is too slow, on average a year behind. When a new version Sql Server is released, a new version of DPM must be released at he samtime

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  11. Allow users to exclude folders of their choice of the protection

    When you back up a large number of computers, and apply the same policy for everyone (2000 or 3000 computers), it would be very interesting to allow users to exclude certain subfolders.

    In our case, we want to save the My Pictures folder, but a large number of users store private data (example: holiday photos), we do not want to find this data on our DPM servers, in this kind of case we would like to save the My Pictures folder but let the user exclude his private subfolders.

    It would be a good compromise between security and freedom offered…

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  12. Reproducible bug: Get-DPMCloudSubscription fails to return data when run within a scheduled task.

    Take this basic script as an example, call it AzureSizeTest.PS1 and run it on your DPM server that has an Azure backup:

    $Log = "$env:windir\temp\test.log"
    Get-DPMCloudSubscription | Out-File $Log

    It will give you the space used in your subscription like this:
    SubscriptionName : Azure Backup
    UsedSpace : 2265763566598
    TotalSpace : 2265763566598
    StorageQueriedTime : 18/01/2018 13:15:42
    RegistrationStatus : AgentInstalledAndRegistered

    The UsedSpace will match the figure in the Management >> Online section in DPM.

    If you then run that script as a scheduled task the output is:

    SubscriptionName : Azure Backup
    UsedSpace : 0
    TotalSpace : 322122547200
    StorageQueriedTime : 18/01/2018 13:23:42
    RegistrationStatus…

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  13. Selecting a recovery point in SCDPM does not indicate when there are Azure RPs.

    The dates on the calendar in DPM Recovery can not be selected when there is an Azure RP available. Showing all RPs will show the Azure RPs and they can be recovered from there.

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  14. BMR for DPM or something to backup the config Storage Pools for MBS

    When using MBS, you probably created storage pools.
    However when your system dies, you may have your SQL backed up but lose your storage!
    Because that config of the storagepools is lost.
    Something like BMR or Windows Config backup would be nice.

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  15. MARS failure after 2016 RU2

    After installing RU2 on DPM 2016 Servers, I can't edit PGs that have Online protection. The error (attached) states that the MARS agent is out of date. It's version 2.0.9062.0 which is the latest available as of 5 mins ago. Online Recovery Point jobs seem to be working properly.

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  16. multiple DPM Storage Pools

    I would like to have multiple storage pools. Then it is possible to assign exlusive LUNs for a protection group.
    This saves very much time in managing protection groups with many datasources / now I have to use custom volumes.

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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.

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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...

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  20. 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…

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