System Center Data Protection Manager

Modern Backup Storage with SCDPM 2016

System Center Data Protection Manager have come a long way, and has gotten some cool new features in the last few years.

Cloud Backup, VMware Support, best Backup Solution for Microsoft Products, support for all the new Server 2016 Features like Storage Spaces Direct, RCT, Virtual TPM, Backup Mixed Mode Cluster and many more.

System Center Data Protection Manager has been always the first choice for our Customers, to provide a perfect Backup Solution of their Microsoft workload, fully integrated in their Microsoft Datacenter and the possibility to store the long term Backup to the Cloud.



So, SCDPM 2016 has been released in Q4 2016 and we got a huge new Feature to store our Backup files called Modern Backup Storage.

What is Modern Backup Storage

Modern Backup Storage is a new way to store your short term Backups to Disk and to make your disk Backup faster, less disk space consuming and more intelligent.

With the old SCDPM, each Datasource has needed 2 Volumes, one for the initial Backup, one for the Changes. This cost a lot of Disk Space.

With Modern Backup Storage in SCDPM 2016 the Backup is stored on a ReFS Disk.  Modern Backup Storage is using ReFS Block Cloning and VHDX technology, so Backups are 3 time faster and save up to 50% Disk Space on your SCDPM 2016 Server.

See this Video for some Details

How to use Modern backup Storage

If you install SCDPM 2016 on a Server 2016, Modern Backup Storage will be available automatically.

To add a Disk to SCDPM 2016 as a Modern backup Storage Disk, configure your Volume with a Drive Letter, yes that’s correct, a drive Letter. SCDPM 2016 Modern backup Storage will use a a Simple Volume with a Drive Letter.

You are also able to add a Friendly Name to your Volume, for example, Gold, Silver, Bronze to classify your Storage.


Afterwards, SCDPM will create a cryptic folder on this Volume, in there all your Backups will be stored in VHDX files formatted with ReFS.


When your create or modify a Protection Group, you now be able to select the Drive, where you want to store your Backups. So, for example, you can store you SQL Backups on a high performance Disk, and your HyperV Backups on a less high performance Disk.


A Customer Example

A few of our customers already has been migrated to SCDPM 2016 and have seen the Storage saving.

Our Customer in this Example is located in Upper Austria and is working in the Food Industry.

Customer is using HyperV for Virtualization, Microsoft SQL, Exchange and File Services and some System Center Products.

At the end of 2016 we have started the Migration from SCDPM 2012 R2 to a new SCDPM 2016 Server. Our goal was of course, to use MBS to save Disk space and to use the new SCPDM Technology.

Before we have started, our existing SCDPM 2012 R2 looked like this.


So, 63 active Servers and around 36,5 TB on used disk. Than we have started the Migration to our new Server.

After the Migration to a complete new SCDPM Server with SCDPM 2016, the Storage looks like this.


So, the New Server is backing up 67 Servers, we also added some Server in the Environment during the Migration.

But the SCDPM Server is only using 20,6 TB on Backup Disk.

So we saved around 16TB on Disk, which means we saved around 44% on our SCPDM Backup Disk.

So Microsoft is telling the truth so save nearly 50% on Backup Space with SCDPM 2016 Modern Backup Storage

Also the Backup Jobs are running much faster, sorry but that’s hard to proof, you need to trust me and Microsoft on this Smile

Now the Facts about Modern Backup Storage

Save up to 50% on Backup Storage, depends on the Workload, to make sure, use the SCPM 2015 Modern Backup Capacity Planer:

3 time faster Backup, that’s related to the ReFS Technology, this is also what we saw at our customers. I can not guarantee a 3 time faster, but I can say that the Backups are doing faster.

So go ahead and Upgrade to SCDPM 2016 and install the newest Update Rollup, it makes fun.

Michael Seidl aka Techguy

6 thoughts on “Modern Backup Storage with SCDPM 2016”

  1. Kristof Janssens

    After a long time using HPE DataProtector my managemend had decided to migrate to SCDPM 2016 (fase 1 Hyper-V).
    I’m haveing 31TB of backup data for 144 Protection Group Members. However they now want to know how much disk actualy is saved with MBS. When i try some powershell and look at dedub it tells me nothing :(.
    Any idea to get this in kind of %?

  2. Hi,
    the only way i can imagine, do a calculation with the old XLS file from MS, than you will know how many TB you saved compared to that.

  3. Stven De Niro

    Hi. We use older version of SCDPM and had always troubles that Data was not synchronized (SQL,Exchange,Fileserver and VMs). Hope latest version is more stable.
    Actually we use Veam. would recommend to have a second backup product like DPM just for more safety?

  4. So it is not only SCDPM2016, but it also needs to be deployed on Win2016 for MBS to work? So when DPM2016 is deployed on Win2012r2 you cannot leverage MBS?


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