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Archive for January, 2012

— Data Protection Manager , Recovery Virtual Machine / Disaster Recovery

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With Data Protection Manager 2012 its possible to protect whole virtual machines and recover then as full machines , saving the time to install agents and rebuild the OS from bare metal

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With Data Protection Manager 2012 we have the ability to restore a complete virtual machine, backup needs to be performed with the Hyper-V integration for DPM

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Under protection we need to select the Microsoft Hyper-V and Recover

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If we drill down to the VHD level only the VHD file will be recovered and that can only be restored to a network location.

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Option one for restore is Recover to Original Instance

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It will then recover the vhd files and config files

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When Recovery Starts DPM will take the Virtual Machine offline

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And after recovery is completed the Virtual Machine needs to be started manually , but no other interaction is needed.

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Or is is possible to restore the virtual machine to another host

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And we need to select a destination for the machine when redirected to another host.

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DPM will recovery config files and any VHD file with the virtual machine

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Success ! Smiley

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And DPM will register the virtual machine on the new host , depending on network configuration there might be a need to change the network settings after the recovery

This will still require some extra work if restore from cluster as there isn’t a way (as I see it) to recovery to a new cluster only to files shares on Hyper-V hosts , but in a disaster recovery scenario a cluster isn’t always available