DPM: when licensing just doesn’t make sense


Recently Microsoft decided to change the DPM licensing requiring an Enterprise License to backup the System State of protected machines. Initially we won’t believe in such a change (the DPM console still shows the old licensing model where only a standard license was required for system state backups), but eventually we got a final statement from Microsoft:

The PUR is correct, and a DPM Enterprise Server ML is required for the server system state.

System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Backup and recovery, including basic file backup and recovery, by instances of the server software of

o the server system state

o all operating system components

o all utilities

o all server workloads

o any applications running in the licensed OSE

Server Management Licenses

o System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Enterprise Server Management License (Enterprise Server ML), or

o System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise (acquired on or after June 1, 2010 or with active Software Assurance coverage on or after that date), or

o System Center Server Management Suite Datacenter (acquired on or after June 1, 2010 or with active Software Assurance coverage on or after that date)

Also, we are making efforts to correct any discrepancies, including TechNet.

System State backup basically does nothing if not automating the windows backup utility. The same applies to BMR it doesn’t add  *anything* to windows backup, and windows backup BMR is really poor compared to competitor (see Acronis solution) since it assumes the BMR will be performed on an identical hardware. So why charge a premium rate for a non existent functionality? This change in licensing is terribly wrong and will force customers to:

  1. just not use DPM for system state (it’s easy to achieve nearly the same result with a scheduled task that saves the windows backup set on a share on the DPM server)
  2. reconsider the DPM solution for BMR in favor of more functional products with more or less the same cost

– Daniele

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

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  1. #1 by Arafat on July 20, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    Very informatic. Thank you.

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