Microsoft delivers powerful enterprise backup tool

Data Protection Manager offers flexible data backup and restoration for Microsoft shops

Microsoft's flagship backup and archiving software, Data Protection Manager, has come a long way since we first tested it in 2005.

When we first visited the newly released Data Protection Manager, it was a start towards the goal of enterprise backup and archiving, but barely that. It didn't run on 64-bit machines, backed up a few Windows applications, but by no means all — not even Microsoft Exchange Server. And restoration of a dead server from bare metal was a gruesome and tedious process.

That's all changed with Data Protection Manager 2010, has evolved dramatically from the last time we looked. DPM now requires a Windows 2008 (or 2008 R2) 64-bit platform, and includes a handy algorithm concerning both user memory and storage space for the estimated size of DPM storage pools.

DPM delivers plenty of flexibility in terms of network-based backup, archiving and restoration. As with all Microsoft System Center modules, it suffers from a harrowing lack of compatibility with non-Microsoft products. That alone may sway organizations to look elsewhere as heterogeneous operating systems environments are the norm these days.

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If, however, an organization needs a sophisticated solution that knows Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server somewhat intimately, DPM provides great support for both apps, as well as file servers and client datasets. While we found the documentation useful, much planning must be done to obtain full advantage and integrity that Data Protection Manager provides.

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