On the DPM newsgroup (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-us/dataprotectionmanager) there was a very interesting thread the last few days. One of the users asked if it was possible to include all volumes into a Bare Metal Recovery
As you might know, Bare Metal Recovery only protects the critical volumes (boot + system + volumes hosting files of server roles), so if you have a volume with applications or user data or whatever, you need to protect it also. Now that is not a problem because you can choose BMR and also the additional volumes
Now the user said that this was not OK, because in a disaster, he wanted to recover as quickly as possible.
Luckily, Praveen D [MSFT] found out a good solution, one which I think can be very helpful in some cases, so here goes…
DPM uses windows backup to do the job. So in your DPM\bin folder, you will find a file called BmrBackup.cmd. Inside this cmd you will find the command that drives windows backup.
With BMR, you will see something like:
start /WAIT %SystemRoot%\system32\wbadmin.exe start backup -allcritical -quiet -backuptarget:%1
If you add the option –include:VolumeLetter:,VolumeLetter: then you add your volumes in the BMR. Don’t forget to increase the volumes for your replica and recovery point volumes.