What follows is the basic outline I followed to upgrade System Data Protection Manager 2010 – DPM – running on a Windows Server 2008 R2 host to DPM 2012 SP1. Obviously each step has small libraries of documentation you could read, warnings you could ignore, and whatnot – but if you’re simply looking to make sure you’ve got the right steps planned out, this is what I did to upgrade our setup:
Please note – I did this same set of steps across both of our systems (primary site and secondary site).
- Ensure Windows is up to date.
- Ensure DPM 2010 is up to date.
- Ensure you are running SQL Server 2008 R2 (I have SP1 — 10.50.2550.0)
- You are set to install DPM 2012 at this point. Install was simple – put in the disk, provide some passwords… next, next, next.
- Install DPM 2012 RU3 — (download)
- Upgrade agents — NOTE: Our DCs, SQL and Exchange mailbox hosts required a reboot. Most other systems did not. Reboots were NOT forced automatically so I scheduled a maintenance window for them that night. YMMV.
- Perform a consistency check against all protection groups.
- Wait some more.
- Once the consistency checks are done and ALL your protection groups are green…
- Install DPM 2012 SP1 – again SUPER SIMPLE install. Nothing to complain about.
- Install DPM 2012 SP1 RU2 (download)
- Upgrade agents — Unlike last time, none of our systems needed a reboot.
- Run another consistency check.
At this point you’re all done. I would recommend taking a look at tape optimization in 2012 SP1 for those of you who run your offsite backups on DPM.