As per the first post in this series, this article documents a demo that we did at MMS last week.

In this demo, I showed how we could automatically add a newly deployed server into the DPM protection cycle.  This is a very simple demo, with only 4 activities!

The complete runbook looks like this.

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As per all the other demos we do, we are showcasing one segment of a greater process, so we are using a Custom Start to pipe in the information that would typically come from an in-flight process such as a change control.  Also, again, this is a demo runbook, and does not contain all the fail paths and best practices we recommend for production runbooks.

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So now we have the input we require, which is the server that we want to add into the protection group of DPM.  We do this in 2 steps.  Firstly we need to get the Server information using the Server Name that was entered to start the runbook.

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And then once we have the DPM information back, we can use that to get the further information required to add the Server into the Protection Group.

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In our demo we hard coded that we would add the server into the “System Protection” group, however as per previous commentary this would typically be a dynamic entry.  We specify a manual replica method, as the next activity will trigger the first Recovery Point creation.

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And here in the last activity, using the newly created Data Source, we trigger the creation of the first recovery point.

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And that’s it!  A short, but very powerful demo of how we can automatically add new resources into protection cycles.

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