Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) offers near-continuous backup and rapid recovery for environments centered on Microsoft technology. SCDPM provides small and mid-size organizations application-aware protection for key workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint. SCDPM can be used to back up Windows and Linux virtual machines and supports VMs hosted on Hyper-V and VMware. SCDPM can back up and restore files, folders and volumes and can replicate and restore data between separate localities. For streamlined offsite backup, SCDPM can take advantage of Microsoft Azure Backup for temporary backup and the Azure Recovery Services vault for low-cost, long-term archival backup. (Learn about Progent's Microsoft Azure planning and cloud integration consulting services.)
Current versions of SCDPM include support for Windows Server 2019, SQL Server 2019, Exchange 2019, and SharePoint 2019. Current releases also feature greater storage efficiency, higher performance with tiered storage, support for ReFS volumes, offline Backup using Azure Data Box, and enhanced security.
Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting team can help businesses to plan, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot a backup system built on System Center Data Protection Manager. Progent can assist you to upgrade from prior versions of Data Protection Manager or from a different backup platform, and Progent can tune your SCDPM environment for on-premises, hosted, cloud-based, or hybrid deployment models. Progent offers remote or onsite consulting expertise and can deliver as-needed help in resolving your most challenging issues, or end-to-end project management or co-management services to ensure your Data Protection Manager initiative is successfully completed on schedule and on budget.
Data Protection Manager Architecture
Microsoft designed Data Protection Manager with special attention to protecting Microsoft servers and workloads. By supporting Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) and other key protection features built into Microsoft servers and applications, SCDPM can transparently back up and rapidly restore Microsoft-specific entities such as Exchange DAG groups, the distributed components of SharePoint farms, and Windows Hyper-V Clustered Shared Volumes (CSVs). This allows administrators who are not experts in any or all of these technologies to recover data easily and accurately. SCDPM continuously protects the core Microsoft server workloads to a SCDPM server, which then allows disk-based recovery and tape-based, long-term archival storage for a complete backup and recovery solution. A single SCDPM server can support up to 800 virtual machines of 100 GB each and 3,000 Windows client computers.
System Center DPM focuses on backup for Microsoft technologies
Using System Center Data Protection Manager with Microsoft SQL Server
SCDPM can protect Microsoft SQL Server including SAP workloads, and handles advanced SQL Server cluster configurations. For enhanced reliability and performance, SCDPM supports the use of clustered SQL Server nodes for its database. DPM supports SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance (FCI) using Cluster Shared Volume (CSV). SCDPM includes the ability to protect an entire instance of SQL Server so all new databases are protected automatically, expanded capacity to handle up to 2,000 databases, and a self-service restore capability that allows administrators to restore their own databases.
SCDPM can back up regular data files as well as the system state of a server, and it also works efficiently with servers that maintain databases/transactional log files. SCDPM is especially efficient as a backup and restore mechanism for Microsoft SQL Server because it intelligently integrates with the SQL Server VSS writers. Since SCDPM uses core VSS services, it will back up all files, open or not, to at least a snapshot recovery level. As a result, you never have to worry about open file issues. SCDPM can also protect SQL Server databases that use the AlwaysOn feature, including database clusters and SharePoint farm databases with SQL Server AlwaysOn enabled.
In between express full copy captures, the standard SQL Server transaction logging mechanism is used to offer up-to-the-minute protection. The log files themselves are replicated by SCDPM. In case a recovery is required, the most recent SCDPM differential backup can be combined with the most recent set of transaction logs to provide rapid restoration.
For information about Progent's Microsoft-certified support services for SQL Server, refer to Microsoft SQL Server Consulting.
Using System Center Data Protection Manager with Microsoft Exchange Server
Current versions of SCDPM support Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 and 2016, and can protect Exchange database availability groups (DAGs). SCDPM includes the ability to provide tailored, application-aware protection for Exchange Server and addresses a granularity problem that has historically been a major headache for Exchange administrators. Exchange backup APIs are designed to back up entire databases. However, if you want to restore an individual mailbox or public folder, you have in the past had two choices: either restore the entire database or switch to third-party mailbox-level backup tools. SCDPM allows you to protect one or more storage groups as a whole, while still giving you the ability to restore individual mailboxes.
SCDPM also offers 'lossless recovery' of Exchange Server data. This means that after SCDPM has restored your email databases to the latest recovery point, and updated all of the synchronized transaction logs, SCDPM can automatically reapply the surviving Exchange transaction logs from the production server to the very last committed email message, bringing the Exchange server completely forward.
SCDPM improves the performance of your Exchange Server by offloading the typical ESEUTIL operations that most backup applications impose on the production server. The SCDPM server takes car of this on the redundant data, conserving the bandwidth on the production Exchange Server.
To learn more about Progent's support for Microsoft Exchange Server, see Microsoft Exchange Server Consulting.
Using Data Protection Manager with Virtual Servers
SCDPM offers continuous protection for virtual machines (VMs) powered by Windows Server Hyper-V and through integration with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) can provide consistent protection even during a Hyper-V Live Migration process. For users of VMware, a way to reduce disaster recovery time drastically is to build an SCDPM server with enough CPU and RAM resources to create a system that allows you quick recovery from a failed virtual machine host server. Since the SCDPM server always has an exact replica of all the virtual machine guest files, in the event the virtual machine host fails, and by having a virtual server installed on the SCDPM server, you can choose to boot those replica images as running machines and take your time in restoring the original failed virtual machine host server. This means you could be up in minutes with all your virtual machine guests even with a complete failure of the original virtual machine host. Adding to the time savings, the entire operation can be accomplished remotely.
How Progent Can Help You Benefit from Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Progent's Microsoft-certified Data Protection Manager consultants can help you create practical recovery plans, design an affordable fault-tolerant network infrastructure, deploy a SCDPM-based backup and restore solution, thoroughly test your system, show your IT staff how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or handle complete IT outsourcing services including off-site hosting of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's datacenter.
Progent's consultants can use industry best practices to help you:
- Define your recovery goals and establish a protection policy to meet them
- Design an efficient multi-site plus cloud network topology for SCDPM
- Configure Windows Server SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint to run with SCDPM
- Configure Protection Groups and Storage Pools
- Calculate and allocate disk space for backup
- Define custom volumes
- Install Protection Agents on computers inside and outside your firewall
- Integrate SCDPM with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
- Integrate SCDPM with Microsoft's Azure Backup for cloud-based protection
- Optimize backup and recovery performance
Progent's cybersecurity experts have earned prestigious certifications from internationally recognized network security institutions. Progent can provide the support of CISA-certified security audit consultants, CISM-certified security management experts, CISSP-certified cybersecurity professionals, GIAC-certified information assurance consultants, and CISSP-ISSAP certified security architecture experts. To be awarded credentials from these organizations, security consultants must have both proven experience and demonstrated knowledge of industry best practices for business continuity planning and disaster recovery. For more information about Progent's security engineers and their services, visit Network Security Services.
Non-stop Technologies Provided by Progent
Progent's certified consultants can assist your company to implement an efficient, fault-tolerant system that resolves critical issues covering a wide array of networking solutions and processes such as:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery professionals can help you design a disaster recovery plan that will allow you to restore IT functionality in case of an information network disaster. Progent can help you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also show you how to create an affordable, zero-downtime network architecture that takes into account availability issues involving a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes. For details, visit Business Continuity Consulting and Support Services.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was initiated by ISACA to verify a consultant's ability to plan, implement, and support IS control mechanisms to reduce network risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist you to develop and carry out a workplace continuity plan that follows leading practices identified by CRISC and crafted to match your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For details, go to CRISC-Certified IT risk control experts.
Microsoft Server 2019 High Availability Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2019 introduced important improvements in capacity, performance, manageability, cybersecurity, application compatibility, Linux co-existence, Kubernetes networking, and hybrid combinations of on-premises and cloud resources. Top enhancements of Windows Server 2019 are Windows Admin Center for centralizing the management of hybrid local/cloud-hosted resources, System Insights for utilizing advance predictive intelligence to manage local networks, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Exploit Guard for host-intrusion defense, container networking with Kubernetes, Cluster Sets for deploying and managing large high-availability scale-out clusters, and Storage Migration Service for simplifying the migration from legacy releases of Windows Server. For details, visit Microsoft Windows Server 2019 High Availability Failover Clustering Help.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery system built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using industry-standard equipment, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable creation of a failover cluster quorum witness. For details, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and verify a repeatable workflow for restoring services rapidly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager supports centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, and non-intrusive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also allows transparent testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and fixes and can generate audit reports to confirm full service restoration, validate SLAs and demonstrate disaster recovery compliance. Progent can provide the support of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to assist your organization to design, deploy, test and maintain a DR system powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that combines array-based storage clustering with synchronous replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters that are up to 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help your business to plan, deploy, administer, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your functional requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering help with tasks like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining aggregate layout, setting up FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your DR solution to prove compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides high availability load balancing consulting covering system load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology including Cisco Content Engine. High availability load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting services include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Engine and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To read more, visit Non-stop Load Balancing.
Progent's Data Center professionals can show you how to identify zero-downtime data centers that match the specific needs of your business. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are particularly appealing to small and mid-size companies due to of their affordability and simplified logistics in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to build an in-house data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for the majority of small companies. Progent is ready to show you how to reap all the benefits of high-availability Internet data centers by providing a complete range of engineering and maintenance services. For details, go to High-Availability Colocation Consulting.
Non-stop Branch Office Networking
Progent’s inter-site connection consultants can help companies create non-stop branch office connections via fully redundant system architectures featuring transparent failover. Progent’s Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can design and implement fault-tolerant Inter-office connections based on non-stop EIGRP routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. For details, visit Non-stop Interoffice Connectivity.
Non-stop Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified network professionals can help you design an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can deliver non-stop Internet connectivity through a broad array of high availability Internet network solutions including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to help you apply the most up-to-date technology for high availability Internet connections to implement a cost-effective, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to create fault tolerant Internet access. To learn more, go to High Availability Internet Access Solutions.
Backup and Restore Technology Consultants
Progent can provide economical remote support from consultants skilled in a wide array of products and technologies that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and workstations as well as notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide consulting support for leading data protection platforms such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to deploy, enhance, or troubleshoot backup solutions for a range of topologies including local, remote, cloud, or hybrid. For details, visit Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore service for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable functionality but which uses your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital company data produced on-premises, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any site with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad range of consulting support services to help you to plan, configure, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution built on Barracuda Backup. For more information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
ProSight Data Protection Services Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small and mid-size organizations a dependable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, distributed, and cloud architectures and also supports cost-effective cloud backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of online or onsite consulting services to assist you to plan, install, manage and debug a modern backup and disaster recovery solution powered by Altaro VM Backup software. With ProSight DPS Altaro VM Backup, Progent delivers a fully managed backup/restore service powered by on Altaro VM Backup technology. To learn more, see Altaro VM Backup consulting.
ProSight DPS Altaro O365 Total Backup Services
Microsoft 365 (previously branded Office 365) offers simple archiving but does not include native support for key data protection services like Exchange backups or greater than 30-day point-in-time data recovery for OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online. Altaro O365 Backup delivers a full-featured platform for automatic backup and rapid recovery of all your organization's O365 mail, Teams Chats, SharePoint documents, and OneDrive for Business files. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and has designed ProSight Data Protection Services (DPS) O365 Total Backup to provide comprehensive managed services for Altaro's O365 data protection product. ProSight DPS O365 provides an affordable backup-as-a-service solution that guards O365 components against data loss or corruption resulting from user or system mistakes, malevolent corruption, and malware attacks such as ransomware. For more information, see ProSight DPS Altaro O365 Backup services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO
ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO from Progent provide small and medium-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a fixed monthly rate, ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO automates your backup activities and allow fast recovery of critical files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of component breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS ECHO can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can deliver advanced support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO to be compliant with government and industry regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FINRA, and PCI and, when necessary, can assist you to recover your critical information. Learn more about ProSight DPS ECHO managed cloud backup and recovery.
ProSight DPS 360 Backup Solutions
Progent's data protection experts can assist your company to create, deploy and debug a backup plan built around MSP360 technology. MSP360 offers file/folder or image-based backup/recovery for VMs and physical machines, supports all popular public clouds, and permits businesses to create a backup solution with a minimum Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and a defined Recovery Point Objective (RPO). With ProSight DPS 360 Backup, Progent offers comprehensive monitoring and remote management of your backup environment to protect against data loss caused by human miscues, computer glitches, ill-intentioned insiders, and malware attacks like ransomware. To learn more, see ProSight Data Protection Services 360 Backup solutions.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of products designed to deliver small and midsize businesses a range of affordable alternatives for backing up and recovering business-critical applications such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progent’s business continuity planning experts have extensive experience integrating Double-Take Software products into small company information networks to create a high level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery capability at an affordable cost. For more information, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Since Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers high-level application support for a broad range of business software programs, Progent is able to help clients to find complete information technology solutions that substantially enhance the business value of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent offers the support of premier consultants and specialists with experience in designing, implementing and supporting networking solutions based on Cisco products. The extent of Progent's IT experience and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small businesses make Progent a great resource for building and running a cost-effective, high-availability information system.
How You Can Contact Progent's Experts for Help with High Availability IT Systems
In order to ask Progent about consulting help for fault tolerant IT design, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.