Microsoft has released a public beta of System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 for Windows Server 2008
The key DPM 2012 features that will be available for BETA validations are -
Centralized Management (Built on the Ops Manager platform)
Centralized Monitoring and Troubleshooting
Push To Resume Backups
Role Based Access
Continued Best of Breed Application Support
SharePoint Item Level recovery without restoring Content DB
SQL FILESTREAM support
SharePoint RBS support
Hyper-V Item Level Restore from a DPM running in a VM
Faster protection of VMs on stand-alone Hyper-V servers.
Fresh DPM 2012 Console User Interface
Data Source Extensibility Framework
Certificate Based Protection of non-AD machines
Clustered Data sources
Secondary DPM servers.
Enhanced Granular Media Co-Location
Tape Reliability Enhancements
Multiple DPM DB databases share a single remote SQL Instance
Upgrade support from DPM 2010
We do not recommend to deploy this Beta into Production. This Beta is not supported by Customer Services and Support (CSS). If you have questions, please visit the DPM 2012 Beta Forum on http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/dataprotectionmanager
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