Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud

Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud

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Part of a series of specialized guides on System Center, this book helps you optimize your System Center Data Protection Manager environment. It focuses on best practices, design concepts, how-to procedures, and in-depth technical troubleshooting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735695900
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 06/06/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 270,293
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Shreesh Dubey is Principal Group Program Manager, Enterprise Backup, for the Cloud & Enterprise Group at Microsoft Corporation. He has 27 years of experience in the IT industry (at Intel and Microsoft) with diverse technology experience in datacenter infrastructure, storage/replication, data protection, JavaScript/AJAX, developer tools, embedded systems, and EDA tools. He holds two patents in storage replication and an MSEE from the University of Texas, Austin. He currently lives in Hyderabad with his wife and two daughters, an eleventh grader and a senior at the University of California, Berkeley. He enjoys downhill skiing, all outdoor activity, cooking, and insanely spicy food.

Vijay Tandra Sistla is Lead Program Manager for the Cloud & Enterprise Group at Microsoft Corporation. Vijay has 16 years of combined experience in product development, quality, and customer support in cloud, business continuity, disaster recovery, and synchronization technology areas. He holds three patents in business continuity and SQL Server technologies, and holds a Master of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas, Arlington. He is also passionate about travel and food.

Shivam Garg is Principal Manager - Program Management, Enterprise Backup, for the Cloud & Enterprise Group at Microsoft Corporation. Shivam has 16 years of experience in the IT industry with diverse technology experience in the data protection, replication, search relevance, local and mobile search, and supply chain domains. He holds an MBA from IIM Bangalore and a bachelor’s degree from IIT Kanpur, India. He currently lives in Hyderabad, known as the City of Pearls, with his wife, Jyoti, and two kids, a fifth grader and a kindergartner. He loves water sports (snorkeling, rafting, jet skiing) and reading spiritual books.

Aashish Ramdas is Program Manager II, Enterprise Backup, for the Cloud & Enterprise Group at Microsoft Corporation. He has 9 years of experience in the IT industry with a balance of business and engineering functions. He started in the telecommunications domain but now holds backup/replication quite dear. He received an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and a BTech in CSE from NIT Trichy, India. He is passionate about statistics and data visualization, geopolitics, pricing and COGS optimization, spicy chicken biryani, and badminton--depending on the time of the day.

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published hundreds of articles on a wide variety of technology sites and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books. Mitch is one of the most popular authors at Microsoft Press--the almost two dozen ebooks on Windows Server and System Center he either wrote or was Series Editor on have been downloaded more than 2.5 million times! For a complete list of free ebooks from Microsoft Press, visit the Microsoft Virtual Academy at

Mitch has repeatedly received Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions to supporting the global IT community. He is a ten-time MVP in the technology area of Windows Server Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing. You can find his MVP Profile page at

Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter focused on system admin and security issues for the Windows Server platform. With almost 100,000 IT pro subscribers worldwide, WServerNews is the most popular Windows Server-focused newsletter in the world. Visit and subscribe to WServerNews today!

Mitch also runs an IT content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada, that produces white papers and other collateral for the business decision maker (BDM) and technical decision maker (TDM) audiences. His published content ranges from white papers about Microsoft cloud technologies to reviews of third-party products designed for the Windows Server platform. Before starting his own business in 1998, Mitch worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for Productivity Point.

For more information about Mitch, visit his website at You can also follow Mitch on Twitter @mitchtulloch.

Table of Contents

Introduction     vi
Chapter 1: Data protection trends and challenges     1

Data growth trends     1
Data protection scenarios and challenges     2
Emergence of the public cloud     2
Chapter 2: Overview of hybrid cloud backup     5
Cloud design point for backup     5
Azure Backup     7
Microsoft workloads and enterprise client backup     8
Hyper-V virtual machine backup at CPS scale     8
De-duplication of backup storage     9
System Center integration     10
Chapter 3: Protecting Microsoft workloads     11
Basic configuration     11
Adding disks to a DPM storage pool     11
Installing DPM agents     12
Configuring protection groups     13
VSS framework     14
Hyper-V protection     15
Hyper-V backup process     16
Client protection     17
Client data recovery     18
Exchange Server protection     18
SQL Server protection     18
SQL Server backup process     20
Self-service recovery of SQL Server databases     20
SharePoint protection     21
SharePoint backup process     22
SharePoint catalog     23
Scoped consistency check     23
SharePoint recovery     23
Chapter 4: Protecting Azure IaaS workloads     27
Setting up DPM in Azure     27
Creating a new VM for DPM     28
Adding backup storage     29
Installing and configuring DPM and Azure Backup     31
Reviewing the post-deployment architecture     32
Protecting workloads     33
Discovering servers and installing the agent     33
Discovering workloads and creating a Protection Group     34
Workloads and configurations supported for backup     35
Considerations for performance and scale     35
Recommendations for better performance     36
Scaling up vs. scaling out     36
Tiering data to Azure Backup     38
Chapter 5: Protecting Hyper-V virtual machines     39
Customer scenarios and challenges     39
Planning for VM backup     40
What to back up (host level vs. guest level)      40
When to back up     40
Where to back up     41
How to back up     42
How to control costs     43
Protecting Hyper-V VMs     43
Protecting Hyper-V over SOFS     44
Protecting Hyper-V over CSV     46
Continued protection with VM migration     48
Protecting replica VMs     48
Protecting servers in workgroups and untrusted domains     49
Recovering Hyper-V data     50
How to restore a file from a VM     50
How to restore a VM       51
Recommendations     53
Case study: Real-world customer     54
Chapter 6: VMware private cloud protection     55
This information is not yet publicly available. It will be included when this ebook is re-issued in summer 2015.
Chapter 7: Protecting the Microsoft Cloud Platform System     57
Protecting the management cluster     57
Default protection policy     58
Recovering VMs and databases     60
Recovering from failures of management cluster features     63
Protecting tenant VMs     66
Using DPM servers for tenant backup     67
Adding tenant VMs to backup     67
Recovering tenant VMs     68
Monitoring backups     71
Case study: A real-world CPS customer     72
Chapter 8: Optimizing backup storage     73
Exponential growth in backup storage     73
Containing the cost of backup storage     74
Software approaches to reducing stored backup data     74
Azure Backup     76
Data Protection Manager     76
Using deduplication with DPM     76
High-level deployment architecture and constraints     77
Understanding the backup-deduplication software stack     77
Deduplication benefits: A real-world scenario     78
Chapter 9: Integration with System Center     79
Management and monitoring scenarios and challenges     79
Enterprise reporting capabilities     80
Management and monitoring solutions     81
SLA-based alerts     82
Client Auto Deployment     84
Chapter 10: Integration with Azure Backup     87
Advantages of Azure Backup     87
Backup scenarios     88
Tape replacement     88
Branch office backup     89
Windows client backup     89
Protection of Microsoft Azure assets     89
Getting started with Azure Backup     90
Azure Backup capabilities     91
Expanded workload support     91
Long-term retention     92
Offline seeding of initial replica     94
Chapter 11: Protecting Azure IaaS virtual machines     95
Why back up Azure VMs?      95
Tradeoffs with VM backup     96
Azure Backup vs. on-premises backup     96
How VM backup in Azure works     97
The backup extension     97
Data transfer     98
Learn more     99

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