At the end of September Microsoft launched the public beta program for Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 (codename Zinger).
DPM 2010 beta introduces support for Hyper-V R2 (both the Windows edition and the stand-alone Hyper-V Server edition).
More importantly, the product finally introduces the capability to backup virtual machines running on the Windows Server 2008 Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs), a technology that is used to perform the VMs live migration with Hyper-V R2.
At the moment virtualization.info is not aware of any disaster recovery product that works at the host level (rather than at the SAN level), that is in GA, and that is officially certified by Microsoft to perform such operation (if any different let us know in the comments and we’ll update this article).
Without DPM 2010, and similar 3rd party solutions, the only way to backup Hyper-V virtual machines in CSVs is by running the backup agent inside the guest operating systems.
On top of that DPM 2010 introduces other virtualization-friendly features, like the capability to restore virtual machines to an alternative host, or the capability to restore single items from within the VHDs.
Thanks to Bink.nu for the news.