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Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 CU5 Enhancements for SharePoint

Now supports backing up SharePoint to Azure for long-term retention

Andrew Walman

11/02/2015

System Center Data Protection Manager has been Fuse's recommendation for backing up SharePoint workloads for some time now. With the latest cumulative update, released this month, some new features have been added which make complete DPM as a backup solution for SharePoint (along with a most of the other workloads in a typical datacenter).

 

DPM 2012 R2 CU5 Workloads

DPM workloads in CU5

DPM now optionally backs up all workloads to Azure backup (it always backs up to disk, and tape if required). It now also supports SQL availability groups and workloads on VMWare machines.

DPM and SharePoint

DPM has always been able to do item-level restores of SharePoint farms it backed up to disk and tape through a simple interface that does all the heavy lifting of SQL restores and SharePoint exports in the background  for you. This latest update extends support of the underlying SQL databases to those that are in a SQL Server Always-On group, which is now our high-availability solution of choice for SharePoint.

Secondly, it is now possible to use the Azure cloud backup feature of DPM to back up SharePoint farms offsite - this is a really useful feature, and eliminates the need for on-premise farms to rely on tape or off-site replication to have a complete DR solution. Azure backup storage is comparitively cheap, is encrypted, and you can restore back to anywhere with an internet connection.

The third major enhancement is that Azure can now be used as a long term backup destination - previously, when Azure could only be used for simple workloads, Azure was only available as a short-term backup destination (a few weeks at most). Now it's possible to retain backups in Azure for months and years.

In order to shorten the initial backup time for large farms, Microsoft also offer an offline transfer service to seed the first backup (subsequent backups are just differential) so there's really no excuse for not using Azure as a backup destination - and Data Protection Manager makes the whole process simple.

For a demo of using Data Protection Manager with SharePoint and Azure, please contact us.


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