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Cons of DPM
The cons of DPM are as follows:
• One obvious con is that DPM can only back up Windows based servers and
clients natively. DPM can back up Linux if it is running on a Hyper-V virtual
machine. You can also get a third-party appliance to back up non-Microsoft
workloads such as Linux. This is still a problem if you need to back up MAC,
Linux, or anything non-Microsoft in your environment without purchasing
another tool to do so. The other problem with running Linux on Hyper-V is
that Hyper-V can only run certain Linux distributions. The list of supported
Linux distributions can be found here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/
seanearp/archive/2008/06/29/linux-on-hyper-v.aspx .
• By default DPM uses the local C:\ drive of a protected server when backing
up system state on that protected server. This could cause the drive to ill up
on that protected server and we all know that is not a good thing. There is a
way to change the drive used to store the system state back up by altering the
PSDataSourceConfig.xml file on the protected computer.
• DPM cannot back up the server that it is on right out of the box without some
further configuration or unless you are backing it up to tape. You can enable
DPM to protect itself by running the following command in PowerShell (we
will cover more of this in Chapter 10 ):
Set-DPMGlobalProperty –AllowLocalDataProtection $true –
DPMServerName
We cover PowerShell in Chapter 10 . The best option for backing up a DPM
server is with another DPM server. We will cover how to back up a primary
DPM server with another secondary DPM server in Chapter 9 .
DPM is an intuitive back up tool built with System Administrators, Messaging
Administrators, Database Administrators, SharePoint Administrators, Virtualization
Administrators, and developers in mind. Microsoft's goal was to provide anyone
in these roles with the power to back up without the complex configurations or the
need for extensive training in back up and storage.
DPM is not the be all and end all back up solution if you have non-Microsoft servers
and clients in your environment, nor is it perfect. It is however, a top industry
leading data protection solution compared to other data protection solutions out
there on the market. DPM is a back up/restore/disaster recovery solution that
you can depend on for backing up and recovering your data. DPM integrates well
with the products it protects such as Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and other
Microsoft applications. Last but not least, DPM provides great value for the price as
you will see next.
 
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