Data Protection Manager 2007 RC is finally out. I have been waiting for this already for some time. Just some days ago, we had a serious problem with our current backup solution, Symantec Backup Exec. We didn't renew our service contract with Symantec because I am seriously considering moving to DPM 2007.
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I tested the predecessor DPM 2006 thoroughly and interviewed Microsoft' product manager, also because I wrote a review for the German magazine iX. It was one of the first affordable CDP solutions and I already hoped at that time that we could give up our old fashioned archive-bit-based backup solution. Even though I liked DPM 2006 as such, we couldn't make this move because backups of the Windows system state, Exchange, and SQL Server were not supported. Symantec's Continuous Protection Server (CPS) which was integrated later in Backup Exec 10d and Backup Exec 11d was better, but I don't like this mixture of conventional and CDP backup.
So I appreciate it that Microsoft has come out with a new version in just two years containing all the features we need. I reviewed DPM 2007 Beta 1 some time ago. Although a couple of important features such as brick-level backups for Exchange mailboxes and online backups of Virtual Server VMs were not working yet, I started to like Microsoft's new backup software. New in this release is document-level restore for SharePoint and bare metal recovery.
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I am quite curious now to try the final and I also want to check how reliable it is. Another thing I didn't test yet is how well it supports backups to tape libraries. I only made backups to a single tape drive with the beta which worked quite well. But working with a tape library is something different. I am going to blog about my tests soon. You might want to check out DPM's Technet site meanwhile.