II recently blogged on installing Windows Server 8 Beta as a guest operating system  in my SCVMM environment, and attempting to monitor Windows Server 8 Beta with Operations Manager 2012 RC. The next logical step was to investigate backing up Windows Server 8 Beta with Data Protection Manager 2012 RC and managing it with Configuration Manager 2012. Results are listed below with screenshots of the steps required:

 

Data Protection Manager 2012 RC & Windows Server 8 Beta:

An attempt to deploy the agent directly from the DPM 2012 RC failed but I’ve seen that happen before on some other agent deployment.

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I logged into the Windows Server 8 Beta system, and ran the X64 installer from a remote share.

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After the installer completed, I had to attach the agent to DPM but it was not communicating correctly after the attempt to attach (results shown below).

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On the Windows Server 8 Beta system I next had to use the setdpmserver program to point this server to the appropriate DPM server (setdpmserver –dpmservername <fqdn of the dpm server>) as shown below:

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Once it was approved it started working as expected/shown below with updated unprotected status and the results of adding it to a protection group.

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DPM result: For Windows Server Beta 8 and DPM 2012 RC we were able to install the agent but the DPM server cannot communicate with it.

 

Configuration Manager 2012 RC & Windows Server 8 Beta:

To test Windows Server 8 Beta and Configuration Manager, I deployed the Configuration Manager client by pushing it from the Configuration Manager console. I did end up having to start a Configuration Manager service (SMS Host I believe?)  but that may have just been due to my own impatience. Below are the screenshots showing the Configuration Manager properties.
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And the applications installed on Windows Server 8 Beta displayed the Configuration Manager 2012 Software Center program:

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Even EndPoint protection appears to have deployed correctly as shown below!

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Configuration Manager result: The agent installation appears to work like a champ!

 

Thank you to David Allen for his assistance with the DPM configuration and for Lukasz Rutkowski for his thoughts on this topic!

 

Summary: Initial tests of using Data Protection Manager 2012 RC to backup Windows Server 8 Beta and Configuration Manager 2012 RC to manage Windows Server 8 Beta look pretty positive at least from an agent deployment perspective!