Data Protection Manager 2012 beta is now available

The beta of DPM 2012 is ready and available to the general public. Related to Hyper-V it is nice to know that DPM 2012 is fully supported in a Hyper-V virtual machine and that Item Level Recovery is now possible without having to add the Hyper-V Role to the DPM server as we had to do in physical installations of DPM 2010.

You can download beta and apply for joining the Customer Experience Program (CEP).

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Here are all the details:

Today, we’re happy to announce the beta release of Data Protection Manager 2012, with the latest and greatest System Center data protection capabilities. In its fourth generation, Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 builds on a legacy of providing unified data protection for Windows servers and clients as a best-of-breed backup & recovery solution from Microsoft, for Windows environments. As a key component of System Center 2012, DPM provides critical data protection and supports restore scenarios from disk, tape and cloud — in a scalable, manageable and cost-effective way.

So what have customers been asking for since this last release to help us drive even greater value in Data Protection Manager 2012? Probably the biggest request was for a single console for the datacenter that reduces management costs and can fit into the existing environment. To support the increasing need to protect highly-virtualized and private cloud environments, we’ve enabled Hyper-V Item Level Recovery even when DPM is running inside a virtual machine.

Here’s a more detailed list of what’s new

Provides centralized management

  • Centralized monitoring
  • Centralized troubleshooting
  • Push to resume backups
  • Manage DPM 2010 and DPM 2012 from the same console
  • Media co-location

Fits existing environment

  • Integration into existing ticketing systems, workflows and team structures.
  • Enterprise scale, Fault tolerance & Reliability.
  • Generic data source protection
  • All common Operations Manager 2007 R2 deployment configurations supported

Helps reduce management costs

  • Remote administration, corrective actions and recovery
  • Certificate based protection
  • Prioritize issues with SLA based Alerting, consolidation of alerts and alert categorization
  • Role based administration
  • Support for item level recovery, even when DPM is in a VM

The System Center team will be hosting a series of online meetings highlighting features and functionality for Data Protection Manager 2012 through the existing Community Evaluation Programs.

  • All registered members of the currently running Community Evaluation Programs will be invited to the DPM sessions. If you are having trouble accessing any program you have applied to, please email us at mscep@microsoft.com with your full name and Windows Live ID, and we will check on your status.
  • If you have not registered for a program, you can Apply Here. After review of your application, we will send an invitation to your Windows Live ID email with instructions on how to access the portal on Connect. Once you have accepted the invitation, you will have access to the CEP resources and the DPM event invitations.

Throughout the CEP sessions, you will be taken on a guided tour of the Data Protection Manager 2012 Beta, with presentations from the Product Group and guidance on how to evaluate the different features. This is your chance to engage directly with the team!

  • Download the DPM 2012 beta here.
  • To use DPM 2010 servers with this beta, download the Interoperability hotfix here.

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