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Tips and Recomendations for DPM 2010 to protect Hyper-v/CSV

 

Based in my experience here are some recomendations and tips for SCDPM in a Hyper-v/CSV environment.

With live migration, pro-tips in SCVMM and virtualization admins, the placement of a virtual machine will never be fixed.  SCDPM will know where the virtual machines is, and will protect it from there.  If a machine is moved, then SCDPM will follow it to its new path.

 

Recommendations :

 

  • Install SCDPM in a x64 physical server always with the OS installed in a Raid 1. I recommend at least 8GB of Ram and 2×4 cores
  • Ensure that ALL prerequisites software’s are installed on all the nodes in the cluster(IMPORTANT)
  • Ensure the SCDPM Server is updated. All patches should be installed
  • Have Installed a Raid 10 for the Storage Pool, as you cannot have the OS not the DPM installed on the disk that is dedicated to the storage pool, which is a set of disks on which the DPM server stores the replicas and recovery points for the protected data.
  • Check if the Tape library is compatible/recognized by Windows 2008 R2 ( VERY IMPORTANT!). Don’t try to use non signed drivers. The server will freeze when you most needed it.
  • Use a hardware VSS writer as you are using a CSV(IMPORTANT)
  • Have System Center Monitor in place
  • Install the Hyper-V role in your SCDPM Server from a command line instead of using Server Manager.  This will enable DPM to manage/automate Item Level Recovery(ILR)
  • Install the SCOM agent to monitor your SCDPM server. Install the SCDPM Management pack. Monitor the SCDPM SQL Databases
  • Backup the SCDPM SQL  Databases ( IMPORTANT )
  • Enable the SCDPM Alerts

Tips :

  • Tapes : By default you are unable to restore data from a expired tape. Also the recatalog option is disabled for expired tapes
  • Page File : 0.2 percent of the combined size of all recovery point volumes, in addition to the recommended size (generally, 1.5 times the amount of RAM on the computer)

 

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