• IT Systems Engineering

    Use hardware VSS writers in DPM 2012 R2:

    I was trying to leverage our SAN hardware’s snapshot capabilities for backup and restore purposes. I noticed that DPM is able to use hardware VSS writers instead of using the regular VSS software provider. The advantage is that snapping is done by the hardware….meaning it is much faster! Here is how I did it for our 3PAR 7400 SAN and our LeftHand P4000 SAN. The backup software I am using is SC DPM 2012 R2 Steps to be taken on all backup servers, all Hyper-V nodes in the HV cluster and all Hyper- Standalone nodes:   1. Install DOT NET 3 from “Add Roles and features” in Server Manager 2.…