Good news – an update has been released for Data Protection Manager 2007 (I don’t just mean the new logo) that enables you to successfully (and in a supported fashion :)) backup Windows Server 2008 machines.  I’ll be honest, I was a little worried that this functionality wasn’t going to be available until the SP1 shipped for DPM, but fortunately, that’s not the case.

They’ve discussed the new capabilities in the Rollup Update on the Windows Server blog.

Specific new capabilities for Windows Server 2008 include:

  • Protect Windows Server 2008 systems, including those running Core.
  • Protect Windows Server 2008 System State.
  • Ability to run the DPM2007 Server on a Windows Server 2008 platform.

Some of the other enhancements in the rollup update include:

  • Protection for SQL Server 2008.
  • Protection of Virtual Server 2005 R2 clustered hosts.
  • Tape Library Sharing - so that multiple DPM servers can share a single enterprise tape library silo.

Important – this still doesn’t support the backing-up of Hyper-V machines.  This is coming with SP1, later this Summer:

  • Protection for Hyper-V
  • More capabilities around SQL Server databases
  • New features for protecting SharePoint farms
  • And some other features that we are keeping a surprise for now. 

There’s lots more info on the DPM blog.

You can pull the updates down from: