Today we transitioned from Microsoft DPM 2010 to Microsoft DPM 2012. It was no problem as the structure remained the same - backing up the copied files off our linux clients from the windows host NFS volume.
We had a conundrum on a project over winter in my department. We’d been
moving toward Microsoft’s Data Protection Manager 2010 to take over all our
backups for our systems, but a new system that was coming online was a Red Hat
server. Data Protection Manager doesn’t have a native client that supports Red
Hat to add it to a protection group, unless you buy an expensive Data
Protection Manager appliance that run’s a proprietary client.http://www.evault.com/products/data-backup-software/microsoft-backup-recovery/index.html
We put our heads together and came up with a cheaper alternative that
required some initial labor and ongoing overhead to verify backups. We ended up
with some overelaborate scripts to suite our taste, but I’ve oversimplified it
for easy reading.
First, we carved out some backup storage space on both the Red Hat server
for the initial local backups and on the Data Protection Manager’s server for an
Second, we added an NFS root on the Data Protection Manager’s server with
the NFS mapping to a mount on the Red Hat server.
Third, a bash script creates tar files on the Red Hat server that is
activated via a daily cron. Once the tar files are created, we use the RSYNC
to mirror the local storage backups from the Red Hat server to the Data
Protection Manager’s storage via the NFS mount folder.
Forth, the Data Protection Manager Server NFS Root is added to a D.P.M.
Lastly, we added scripts on both systems that pruned files based on our
retention requirements and added log file outputs for verification and diagnostics.
It was a bit of an exercise to get this configured and learn the
technologies, but I think it was well worth the learning experience to
challenge ourselves, fight limitations, and save some hard costs of equipment with soft costs
Nice article. What are your thoughts on using a Windows CIFs share on the DPM server and then getting the Linux servers to backup to those shares rather than an NFS?
As long as you can see the files in the CIF share from DPM's console, it should allow you to back them up. Six of one and half a dozen of the other.
Only one thing comes to mind:
How does the DPM "know" that the RH backup is finished and DPM can start backing up the files ?
The bash and perl scripts are more involved than I show. They log and send out success / failure alerts. DPM does not directly know when there's an issue, but we do.
Rocking guide bro! I have to come up with a way to do Azure cloud to cloud file level and bare metal backup for Windows servers and file level backup for Linux servers and this should do for now. I am looking at some turn key stuff but this is essentially free for us and covers the nut.
I may still use a turn key setup but this will stand in the gap until then. Thanks bro... +1 awesome for JB :)
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