Thursday, January 24, 2013

System Center Data Protection Manager CSV Serialization Tool

This tool is mostly interesting for people trying to back-up Windows 2008 R2 CSV.

The back-up of Windows Server 2008 R2 CSV van be tricky. It is recommended to use a hardware snapshot provider. If there is no hardware provider available then you need to switch to serial CSV back-ups.

This process creates an XML file that is read by DPM.  This works well when you have only a couple of Hyper-V servers to manage.  But what if you had lots of clusters backed up by a single DPM server?  With the current approach, if there are multiple clusters managed by DPM, the user needs to run DSConfig.ps1 on one node of each cluster and then XMLs of each cluster needs to be merged and replace the DataSources.xml

Microsoft has released the System Center Data Protection Manager CSV Serialization Tool to help you in this scenario.  This tool is intended to be used when backing up Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V clusters with one or more CSVs using DPM 2010 with QFE 3 and above or DPM 2012.

Read more at Aidan Finn, IT Pro

1 comment:

  1. Nice post Matthijs! I am not acquainted by the fact you have mentioned in the post that DSConfig.ps1 have to run while managing multiple clusters. Let me tell you that I was thinking to install Windows Server 2008 to manage data but after reading your post I have to think once more. Will you please tell when was the next version of Windows Server 2008 going to launch? Is there any alternative to overcome from this problem?