Microsoft Releases Beta of System Center Data Protection Manager

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the beta release of their Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM). The utility was designed to provide a continuous disk-based backup and recovery solution for the Microsoft Windows Server System.

Ben Matheson, group product manager for DPM at Microsoft indicates, “Our whole goal with DPM is to shrink the operational costs associated with IT professionals having to manually recover lost data and manage cumbersome backup and recovery processes.”

Because the loss of critical data can have such catastrophic effects, a utility designed to constantly protect data is quite welcome. Microsoft’s press release reveals more:

With DPM, recovering data is as fast and simple as browsing a set of folders on a file share and copying them directly from the server running DPM to the production server — a process that takes seconds or minutes.

By contrast, Matheson says, recovering a single file from a tape-based backup system typically takes a couple of hours, and recovering multiple files can take days.

Furthermore, DPM allows for a number of practical recovery options, such as delegation of the recovery process to end users. Traditionally, the only people that can do recovery are IT professionals with access to the tape backup software and tape libraries.

But with DPM, end users who have been granted permission to restore deleted or overwritten files can do so themselves from the Tools menu within Microsoft Office 2003 or from directly within the Windows Explorer in Windows XP.

“We’ve made DPM so it’s drop dead simple,” Matheson says. “It’s very easy to install, to discover all the servers in your environment, to schedule and monitor and view all the common tasks that an IT administrator wants to do.”

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