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What's new in System Center 2012 R2 - DPM


Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager

This topic summarizes the new features and enhancements that are available in System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM).

DPM 2012 R2 release

Features introduced

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DPM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 5—February 2015

  • Azure Backup—Added multiple backup and retention options, and added ability to perform initial replication of DPM data offline. Also provided support for backup of additional workloads to Azure.

  • SharePoint—Provided support for SharePoint farm databases with SQL Server AlwaysOn enabled.

  • VMWare—Added protection for Windows workloads running in Windows virtual machines in VMWare.

  • Monitoring—Released new DPM Reporting Operations Manager Management Pack. Introduced new DPM alerts to track Missed SLAs for backup and scheduling.

Update rollup 5 – February 2015

DPM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 4—October 2014

  • SQL Server protection—Added protection for SQL Server 2012 SP2 and SQL Server 2014

  • SQL Server database—Added support for SQL Server 2012 SP2 as DPM database

  • Azure Backup—Added simplified registration process when backing up to Azure.

Update rollup 4 – October 2014

DPM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 3—July 2014

  • Scalable backup—Scales backups for Hyper-V virtual machines using CSV storage.

  • Backup windows—Isolate backup and production windows for virtual machines

  • Tape certification—New tape certification process

Update rollup 3—July 2014

DPM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 2—April 2014

  • Windows Server 2003—Reintroduction of support for protecting servers running Windows Server 2003

  • SQL Server AlwaysOn—Support for SQL Server 2012 databases in a cluster that use AlwaysOn

Update rollup 2—April 2014

DPM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 1—February 2014

  • Performance issues—A number of performance issues were fixed.

Update rollup 1—February 2014

DPM 2012 R2 RTM—October 2013

  • Windows Azure Backup—You can back up DPM data in System Center 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 SP1 to Windows Azure Backup.

  • SQL Server cluster support—DPM now supports the use of clustered SQL Server nodes for its database. This removes the standalone limitation that existed in System Center 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, and provides the following:

    • Reliability—Support for a SQL Server cluster mitigates the single point of failure when a standalone SQL server is used.

    • Scalability—As your DPM deployment grows, for every DPM server a new SQL Server database needs to be created. Increasing workloads on a single SQL Server can potentially cause performance problems and a higher risk of failure.

    • Consistency—Support for a SQL Server cluster makes DPM consistent with other System Center 2012 components.

    In addition, the DPM reporting server can be installed on the same standalone or clustered SQL Server that is used for the DPM database, or you can install it on a different SQL Server.

  • Virtualized deployment—DPM can be deployed in a virtual environment. You can install DPM on a virtual machine, and configure storage using .vhd storage pool disks that are shared through the VMM library.

  • Linux virtual machine backup—DPM provides support for the protection and backup of Linux virtual machines, in addition to the support already provided for Hyper-V virtual machines. Note that for Linux backups only file-consistent snapshots are supported. Application-consistent snapshots are not. In addition, protection of Linux virtual machines is not supported using Windows Azure Backup.

Configure Azure backup for DPM data

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