Microsoft DPM Reviews

Microsoft DPM is the #25 ranked solution of our top Backup and Recovery Software tools. It's rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Veeam Backup & Replication - Microsoft DPM vs Veeam Backup & Replication

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Real User
DBA, Developer at a government with 201-500 employees
Jul 02 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution really does great recovery. When the typical use case of someone says, "Oh gosh, I've accidentally deleted my file", we have that item-level recovery. It's… more »

How has it helped my organization?

DPM has improved our RPO over the previous solution, which was dated and had been in place for years.

What needs improvement?

There is a very poor online user community in terms of people blogging about their experiences with DPM. I'm on Google all the time, resolving issues. All I ever find is… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Other than the SQL Server license, the cost factor is appealing. There is a learning curve, like any other solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used an older version of VEEAM. Our director was behind the adoption of DPM. We did so at his request.

What other advice do I have?

We're a government agency, so we don't have a business partnership with Microsoft. I would suggest that Microsoft try to figure out how to foster an online user community… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

My director was the one who advocated this choice. There was no competitor analysis, probably because the price of DPM was bundled into SCCM, for which we were already… more »
RamaswamyK
Real User
M. I. S. Manager at Ruby Mills Ltd
Sep 25 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution works well as a backup. The initial setup is quite straightforward. You can scale the solution easily. The stability is very good.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the organisation by taking care of disaster recovery.

What needs improvement?

The user interface can be improved quite a bit. Overall, I wouldn't describe the solution as user-friendly. It's not very intuitive. The issue is that for users who are not interacting with the… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I bought the license for the solution from Microsoft as part of System Center. I'm not sure of the exact cost of the solution.

What other advice do I have?

We're just Microsoft customers. We don't have a business relationship with the company. I believe that I am using the latest version of the solution. We got into later versions as we didn't use the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did test a couple of other different solutions before we ultimately chose DPM.
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RifkanHasan
Real User
Group Assistant, General Manager of IT at CIC
Dec 31 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the recovery. The recovery of files on its own is no problem.

What needs improvement?

The DPM is pretty good, but when it comes to external devices, you can't back up to the external device. It's a huge drawback because once everything goes down, it goes down fully. We can't take a snapshot and take it outside, which is a problem. Also, when it comes to recovery, the recovery process… more »

What other advice do I have?

Because of our budget constraints, we had some issues and wanted to go ahead with this DPM because it is a Microsoft product. We were told that this particular software is known and in operation worldwide, and when it comes to backups in existence it's listed in the October 2019 report. My advice… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We wanted to use Veritas, but the support for our services was not available.
RamaswamyK
Real User
M. I. S. Manager at Ruby Mills Ltd
Jan 12 2020

What is most valuable?

One of its most valuable features is its capability to give a BMR for all the workstations that I want to connect to or to the servers, as well as the fact that it could do an online backup off the exchange.

How has it helped my organization?

I found Microsoft DPM pretty useful. It satisfied most of my requirements. We have a local tape drive as well, so we do an online backup of the exchange onto hard discs which later gets transferred to the tape drive. It seems to be… more »

What needs improvement?

I would say the user-friendliness could be improved because I have found that my colleagues are not finding it very easy to use. I have used it quite well. I was able to do a lot of features within it, but for a frustrated user, it becomes… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We bought the system center and we bought the DPM, as well, so I didn't need to upgrade the product at a later stage. I bought the SA for one year so it didn't cost much. I can't remember what I paid for the total licensing cost of that… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Microsoft DPM an eight on a scale from1-10.
Mohammed Imran
Real User
Managing Director at Adalites
Jul 08 2020

What is most valuable?

I would definitely recommend data protection DPM. It has an application backup, a file backup, a system backup and a hypervisor. It works flawlessly, never a problem.

What needs improvement?

They could improve the compatibility and integration with other products and the ability to do file-to file backups of other products. I also find the hard disk aligning quite complicated and that should be simplified.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend Microsoft DPM as it is a cost-effective solution that works. It's worth checking the limitations of DPM before deployment, which can be done by reading the documentation. Make sure it's suitable for your needs and that it's going to work for you. I would rate this solution a seven out of 10.
Rodney Carlson
Real User
System Analyst at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
May 05 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that DPM has an index so individual files can be searched. This is our primary tool for recovering deleted files or folders.

How has it helped my organization?

Moving to this solution has improved our backup capability. Zerto is only able to replicate virtual machines whereas DPM is capable of backing up everything.

What needs improvement?

Additional Hyper-V knowledge would be great. There are some articles online detailing the interaction with hypervisors. Using the built-in tools would speed up some of the normal routine procedures.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to using DPM, we used Zerto. Zerto has a fast recovery of entire machines whereas DPM has an index so individual files can be searched. DPM is capable of backing up both physical and virtual machines.
NastaranMesgari
Real User
System Administrator with 51-200 employees
Oct 01 2019

What do you think of Microsoft DPM?

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution for my documentation projects.

What is most valuable?

The user interface is very good. The reporting and monitoring features are also good.

What needs improvement?

The data tagging feature needs improvement. The solution could be a bit more intuitive in certain aspects. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. We've never had any issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. We're satisfied with the level of support we get.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy. Deployment takes less than an hour.

What about the implementation

What is Microsoft DPM?

Data Protection Manager (DPM) is an enterprise backup system. Using DPM you can backup (copy) data from a source location to a target secondary location. If original data is unavailable because of planned or unexpected issues, you can restore data from the secondary location. Using DPM you can back up application data from Microsoft servers and workloads, and file data from servers and client computers. You can create full backups, incremental backups, differential backups, and bare-metal backups to completely restore a system.
Also known as
DPM, Data Protection Manager
Microsoft DPM customers
Medical Park, Centropol Energy, a.s., NCFE, D & H Distributing, Metalor, Colosseum, a.s., Sanitas S.A., Icebreaker
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