We want to congratulate the Microsoft Storage Solutions team for releasing Service Pack 1 for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007. While LCR, CCR and SCR all offer replication/protection capabilities for higher availability, our teammates in the System Center family have been providing a really solid backup & recovery solution for Exchange that leverages the best practices and supportability mandates that we have for Exchange Server - e.g. using the Exchange VSS writer, utilizing the Recovery Storage Group (RSG), as examples.
SP1 for DPM 2007 brings some great new capabilities for protecting Exchange Server environments, most notably the ability to provide off-site tape/disk backup from an Exchange SCR node.
For more details on the SP1 release for DPM 2007, check out:
· Bala Kasiviswanathan's executive viewpoint on DPM 2007 sp1
· Some early SP1 customers are also blogging about their experiences and you can see at these links - ICON & Convergent Computing
· A more technical, feature overview of DPM SP1 is located here
The DPM folks have dedicated resources on "How to protect Exchange Server with DPM 2007" - http://www.microsoft.com/DPM/exchange
There, you'll find among the DPM+Exchange datasheets, whitepapers and webcasts, an Exchange storage calculator for DPM sizing, an interview with one of our Exchange MVP's around how the Exchange mechanisms and DPM work together for a broader backup capability, and a podcast from another Exchange MVP around item-level restore using DPM 2007 and the Recovery Storage Group.
Congrats to the DPM crew - and nice job on backing up Exchange Server !!!
-- Joey Masterson