Having discovered that VDR was being replaced with VDP, I was disappointed to learn the new solution doesn't support writing to remote CIFS shares.
I understand they were problematic for many people with VDR, but we have been having some success with it and it allowed us to easily commit the dedupe store to tape as part of our normal backup routines. Because of this, we not only could have quick day-to-day restore times, we'd have a complete disaster recovery solution too.
I know VDP is not meant to be an enterprise class vm backup solution, but I wondered how VDP users would go about backing up the appliance's local dedupe data store to a remote device? I guess we'd have to run the appliance from a remote NFS data store, and commit that to tape?