DPM is fantastic!
...and I want it so very badly. Sadly, this requires that mythical substance known as "money." This is something you can not pry out of the hands of the copper-counters with a plasma rifle.
No matter the business case, they seem unable to pay for any form of software based on the concept "it saves [individual] time." (The way they work things here is that you get paid a salary, no overtime, are on call 24/7, pay for you own support cell, and are expected to do everything on as shoestring a budget as is possible.) If the copper counters are made aware of any purchase, you are constantly being asked "is this purchase absolutely necessary, or can we do without it." This is a fair enough concept, but runs into some conceptual walls with certain people. For example: it is fairly easy to get funding to replace a component that has failed in a system…the system won’t work without that component replaced, thus the need is clear and immediate.
I have had hours-long meetings trying to explain why we keep a small supply of “spares” around. “This is a spare disk. We pop it in system X, RMA the bad drive, and the bad drive is now the new spare.” The concept that these are not destined for any particular system, (and indeed will be unlikely to end up in any particular system,) is completely beyond them. We even had a period where we would have to ship back entire 3U servers to RMA a single bad hard drive. [Insert facepalm] (This, entirely because the copper-counters needed some arcane voodoo to work out on their papers.)
The copper-counters don’t mind paying for hardware, because it tangible. They don’t mind paying a licence for, say, a copy of Photoshop, or an operating system, because they can mentally associate “this product is used by that person for this task.” Things get fuzzier around the idea of CALs, and when you wade into the realm of “software that runs automatically and/or in the background” you’re deep into ‘never gonna happen” land. If they don’t understand exactly how it works, and why it is needed there is no way you’ll get the money. They certainly aren’t going to give me any software worth more than the hardware it runs on.
No DPM, no VMWare management suite, no VMotion…nothing. I am a kept man. :(
AC so nobody can prove anything!