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WINDOWS SERVER 2003 SUPPORT COMING BACK TO DPM 2012 R2

Categories: 2003, Data Protection Manager, DPM
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As many pointed out 2003 Supported was removed in Data Protection Manager 2012 R2

Steve found a public annoucement that its on its way back

http://www.buchatech.com/2014/03/windows-server-2003-support-coming-back-to-dpm-2012-r2/

Hello Folks, I am the GPM for the DPM product group and sincerely apologize for this. Not supporting an already supported server OS for back-up is DPM 2012 R2 was a mistake. We are fixing this in the next update roll-up for DPM scheduled to be released shortly. Thanks for your patience.

Shreesh Dubey

This is good news as Data Protection Manager wont hold down a suite upgrade all the way around , ITS NOT A FREEE PASS to keep goofing around with 2003 servers , they are close to end of life , upgrade/migrate/power off but until you do at least we can soon again protect 2003 workloads with Data Protection Manager 2012 R2

Now go off and migrate Smiley

Protecting Windows 2003 Workload Hyper-V DPM 2012 R2

Categories: 2003, Broken, Data Protection Manager, DPM, Hyper-V, Unsupported
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So far one of the big issues with Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 is the lack of support for Windows 2003 Workloads , Yes 2003 is close to slipping out of patching and support but NOT as of writing , so people still need to protect their workloads.

If people are still on 2003 there is a reason , ISV being annoying , workloads being retired and 100 different options so its critical that we are able to protect it.

So if you plan to upgrade to 2012 R2 consider the impact of the 2003 servers , either leave the 2003 workload on a downlevel DPM server , or plan to upgrade to use Hyper-V integration

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Trying to add a older agent result in Error 307 and is unsupported.

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And trying to browse the 2003 agent says the same , dont work and isnt supported

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But through the Hyper-V integration we can select our 2003 VM and add it to a protection group

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At least we can add the server to a protection group

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And after a few minutes we can see the 2003 server being protected through the Hyper-V integration

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And from a recovey point of view we recover the whole VM

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And browse down though the VHD and select single files to recover.

So we can protect 2003 servers if the workload is on Hyper-V and we dont need transaction backup SQL/Sharepoint/Exchange.

So its better than nothing but not much , hopefully Microsoft will reverse on this and add 2003 support to Data Protection Manager 2012 R2