Backup Remote Windows 2012 Hyper-V Clusters

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    Tao Yang

    Hi guys,

    My employer has around 700 two-node Hyper-V clusters located in remote sites across the country. They are currently running on Windows 2008 R2. We are planning to upgrade them to Windows 2012. Currently, we have one instance of DPM running on each Hyper-V cluster node backing up VMs and also the other Hyper-V cluster node (2 DPMs backup each other). This configuration is not supported by Microsoft but back then we’ve managed to get Microsoft to agree to take on the support. As we are planning for the Hyper-V upgrade to Windows Server 2012, and we will also be running a Windows Server 2012 VM, we can on longer use DPM 2010 to perform the backup.

    We can’t get DPM 2012 configured the same way as 2010 because it cannot be installed on a Cluster node, as stated on TechNet:

    My question is, are there any ways to backup Windows Server 2012 using DPM 2010, or are there any cost effective alternatives to DPM that are worth considering?



    I think there are other options for highly available DPM configurations now, possibly using Hyper-V Replica. Anyone else have thoughts here?


    Tao Yang

    Thanks Tom. Now with DPM 2012 R2, we have decided to install DPM on a non-clustered VM hosted by one of the Hyper-V nodes.

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