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Bare Metal Recovery: How to add all volumes

6:55 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

On the DPM newsgroup ( there was a very interesting thread the last few days.  One of the users asked if it was possible to include all volumes into a Bare Metal Recovery

As you might know, Bare Metal Recovery only protects the critical volumes (boot + system + volumes hosting files of server roles), so if you have a volume with applications or user data or whatever, you need to protect it also.  Now that is not a problem because you can choose BMR and also the additional volumes


Now the user said that this was not OK, because in a disaster, he wanted to recover as quickly as possible.

Luckily, Praveen D [MSFT] found out a good solution, one which I think can be very helpful in some cases, so here goes…

DPM uses windows backup to do the job.  So in your DPM\bin folder, you will find a file called BmrBackup.cmd.  Inside this cmd you will find the command that drives windows backup.

With BMR, you will see something like:

start  /WAIT %SystemRoot%\system32\wbadmin.exe start backup -allcritical -quiet -backuptarget:%1

If you add the option –include:VolumeLetter:,VolumeLetter: then you add your volumes in the BMR.  Don’t forget to increase the volumes for your replica and recovery point volumes.

Thanks Praveen


Mike Resseler

DPM 2010 launch week @ MMS 2010: Part 5: Disaster recovery and advanced scenarios

6:28 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Here’s part 5 of our DPM 2010 launch week overview

For the full set:

DPM 2010 launch week @ MMS 2010: Part 1: Technical Introduction

DPM 2010 launch week @ MMS 2010: Part 2: Protection Applications

DPM 2010 launch week @ MMS 2010: Part 3: Protecting Windows Clients

DPM 2010 launch week @ MMS 2010: Part 4: Virtualization and Data Protection, better together

DPM 2010 launch week @ MMS 2010: Part 5: Disaster recovery and advanced scenarios

DPM 2010 launch week @ MMS 2010: Part 6: Partner announcements

This session was given on Friday morning and should have been normally a session from David Allen (System Center Operations Manager MVP – Deloitte) and Sergio De Chiara (DPM Architect – Microsoft Corporation)

Due to the ash cloud, both guys couldn’t make it to Las Vegas so that was quite a disappointment since I really wanted to see David in action.  He owns the blog which is a great resource for all of you that need to work with DPM.

Luckily for me, the DPM team decided to throw in another session and the title sounded promising: Disaster Recovery and Advanced Scenarios.

So session 5 of DPM for me, on a Friday morning.  And Jason, if you are reading this, don’t forget the promise you made to the guys that followed all of your sessions… I’m eagerly waiting for the book :-)

Anyway, session 5 with Jason Buffington and Vijay Sen. 

On the agenda for today:

  • End-User Backup and Recovery
  • Bare Metal Recovery
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Misc
    • Agent Deployment in the Enterprise
    • Non-Domain Servers
    • SCOM Management Pack

So the session starts with some figures about what it cost when disaster strikes for each hour that the environment is down.  All nice figures but a little bit too much oriented on the American Business.  I don’t think that I know a company that will loose 6.4 million dollar of income for each hour that they are out.  But no matter how much it cost, when your business is down, it will cost money, a lot of money, not to mention the image loss or worse, the compliance issues that you will be facing.  So in worst case, how are we going to recover, and how are we going to do this as fast as possible.

Definition of a disaster:

Process of recovering from any natural or man made disaster that results in loss of partial or complete loss of data center and infrastructure.

What I really liked is that this definition is more then a hurricane, a flood, 9-11 (hey, we were in Vegas…) but that it also includes a disk crash, a stolen laptop and so on.  Basically, when data is lost, no matter in what form, it costs money.  So we need to recover. 

All right, first topic discussed is dpm2dpm4dr (read: DPM to DPM for Disaster Recovery)


This was already working in DPM 2007, so nothing new here. 

However, they increased the possibilities with this:

  • One-click DPM DR failover and failback
  • Separate schedules per DPM server
  • Chaining support
  • Offsite tapes without courier services
  • Restore servers directly from offsite DPM


Suppose your DPM main server falls out.  By using the switch protection option you can change the recovery to the secondary server.  Rebuild or fix the primary DPM server, and use the same switch to change the protection again to the primary server.

For each DPM server you can use a different schedule, so your primary will probably have a very tight schedule, but your secondary will be protecting much slower if there is a wan between them

Chaining support is also one of the new cool features.  It basically allows you to do backup to backup to backup or protect multiple primary DPM servers with one secondary.  You can also start to cross.  Your primary server will be acting also as a secondary and visa versa.

Offsite tapes without courier services is how they see it when your secondary server is in an offsite location.  Since the tapes are offsite, it is not necessary to give them with a courier anymore.

And last but not least… Still need to recover after a major failure?  Recover straight from the secondary server.

Many other things were discussed during this session such as post and pre backup scripts


<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>

<ScriptConfiguration xmlns:xsi=” xmlns:xsd= xmlns=””>

<DatasourceScriptConfig DataSourceName=”Data source”>

<PreBackupScript>”Path\Script” </PreBackupScript>


<PostBackupScript>”Path\Script” </PostBackupScript >





We also saw a great demo of a BMR recovery.  Just start your server with a windows cd (make sure that the network card and disk subsystem is recognized so use a wim file with injected drivers if necessary), choose recovery mode and connect to the location of the BMR files

The definition of a BMR backup is the following:

  • Backup of all Critical Volumes


  • Critical Volumes = Boot + System + Volumes hosting files of Server Roles
  • E.g: Boot, System, Active Directory (for DC’s)


  • Used for both System State Recovery and BMR Recovery

So important to remember is to have a different backup for other volumes that contain data!

Hereunder is a great overview screenshot of a BMR recovery


Till next,



System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1: Bare Metal Recovery of Windows Server 2008

8:54 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Microsoft has updated its whitepaper Bare Metal Recovery of Windows Server 2008 with System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1

It can be found at

Important to know is that the DPM SRT (System Recovery Tool) that is used for recovering windows 2003 and windows XP has been completely replaced by the built-in backup utility of Windows server 2008, the WSB (Windows Server Backup) utility.

In the white-paper, they give a step-by-step instruction on how to enable bare metal recovery of a windows server 2008

Except for the fact that you need to do some additional work, this procedure certainly has some possibilities for the BMR of a physical windows server 2008. 

Still, I believe more in the procedure of working with the offline P2V which was discussed two weeks ago.  Since Matthijs Vreeken has responded on my questions I’m gonna keep working on this procedure and test it out.