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  • Blog Post: Error 207 - No such interface supported 0x80004002 after installing DPM SP1

    We have seen several calls from people who are getting this error after installing SP1 for DPM2007.  An Unexpected error occurred during a VSS operation. ID 207 Details: No such interface supported (0x80004002) Recommended action: Retry the operation This can occur when trying to create new Protection...
  • Blog Post: Data Protection Manager - Tape drive inventory is not showing up properly

    If the information under the Libraries tab in the Management Task area does not show up correctly: Follow the steps below to remap the tape drive information. Stop the DPMLA service if it is running Remove any tapes from the drive and insert at least one non cleaner tape in the library Create a backup...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Agent Deployment in Data Protection Manager 2007

    Microsoft’s Data Protection Manager (DPM) version 2007 must have an agent installed on any server or workstation that it is going to protect. The installation of the DPM agent requires contact with many different components both locally and across the network. In this and the next two blogs, we will...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2007 - Troubleshooting protection for Hyper-V

    This post is about Windows Server 2008 with the Hyper-V role installed, that are being protected by System Center Data Protection Manager 2007.  There may be one or many Virtual Machines on each Host/Parent Partition, and they may be running Windows 2003 and/or Windows 2008.  Supposing the...
  • Blog Post: Data Protection Manager 2007 - SQL Server 2005 databases are not enumerated

    Problem Description When trying to protect SQL Server 2005 SP2 (patch version 9.00.3042.00) that is installed on a Windows Server 2008 machine with System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 you will not be able to enumerate the SQL databases for protection.  Other data sources like volumes and...
  • Blog Post: Protecting multiple Domain Controllers in a multi-DPM server environment

    If you are protecting more than one domain controller, and using more than one DPM server to do it, you may experience an issue where at random times, all servers being protected by Data Protection Manager ("DPM") may lose connection with the DPM server. They may lose connection over a short...
  • Blog Post: Data Protection Manager 2007 – Important information for using ESEUTIL when configuring Exchange Server Protection.

    In Data Protection Manager 2007, when configuring a protection group for protection of Exchange data for the versions that DPM supports (Exchange Server 2003 w/SP2 or higher and 2007), you are given an option to enable execution of ESEUTIL.EXE against those Exchange data sources you wish to protect....
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Agent Deployment in Data Protection Manager 2007 - DCOM

    The DPM agent is a DCOM application - it cannot function correctly without proper DCOM configuration. This section covers the necessary configuration checks to make sure that DCOM is configured correctly. Non-Clustered Member Servers: As a rule, DCOM Settings for a working DPM 2007 Agent are evidenced...
  • Blog Post: How to enable Tape collocation and Library Sharing after applying the Data Protection Manager 2007 Feature Pack – KB949779.

    After installing KB949779 which is the new DPM 2007 Feature Pack, you have the ability to enable to new tape based media capabilities. This provides improved flexibility for tape based backups in your DPM 2007 environment. Tape media sharing – so that multiple protection groups with similar tape retention...
  • Blog Post: Data Protection Manager: What is a 'Consistency Check' and what could cause it to fail?

    Data Protection Manger 2007 relies almost completely on a Consistency Check completing; hereafter referred to as a CC . What is a CC? A CC is a method in which DPM determines that a protected dataset is consistent with the Replica data set. A CC is broken into three parts: (LWC) Lightweight Check (HWC...
  • Blog Post: Installation and Rollback of DPM SP1

    Well, the day has come and you are thinking about installing SP1 for DPM 2007 to your DPM environment. There are a few things you that you need to be aware of before you install this Service Pack to any DPM servers. Let’s take a moment to discuss these before unleashing SP1 into your environment...
  • Blog Post: How to install Data Protection Manager to a Windows 2008 Server

    Article http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808814(TechNet.10).aspx describes how to install DPM on to a 2008 Server. However I have found that this article is incomplete. The following is how to install DPM onto a 2008 Server. After the 2008 Server setup has finished perform the following:...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Releases Update Package for Data Protection Manager 2007

      951557 (article not yet published) Description of the Data Protection Manager 2007 hotfix rollup 3 Issues Resolved -  Recovery of SSL Sites does not work -  Consistency Check on compressed volume results in full Initial Replication -  Deleting old Recovery Points is not freeing...
  • Blog Post: Recovery of a Mirrored SQL Database

    Recovering a mirrored database, whether it is to a SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 installation, requires that the existing mirror be broken. For simplicity, you may want to consider deleting both the Principal and Mirror databases and using the latest recovery point that DPM has in order to restore...
  • Blog Post: SQL Database Mirroring for DPM Administrators

    This blog focuses on providing a very light-weight overview of how to implement SQL database mirroring and it is not intended to be a complete how-to reference. DPM administrators benefit by understanding, even at a basic level, how to install and configure the applications DPM will be protecting. This...
  • Blog Post: How to Use The Migratedatasourcedatafromdpm.Ps1 DPM Powershell Script to Move Data

    The Migratedatasourcedatafromdpm.Ps1 DPM Powershell Script  is Included in Service Pack 1 of Data Protection Manager 2007. The MigrateDatasourceDataFromDPM is a command-line script that lets you migrate DPM data for individual “data source(s)” or all Replica volumes and recovery point...
  • Blog Post: How to Expire Tape Recovery Points in DPM 2007

      When running System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 and utilizing the DPM tape libraries capability for protection, it may be necessary to expire tape recovery points prior to “Expires On” date. Tapes which have unexpired data cannot be marked as free from the UI in the DPM Administrators...
  • Blog Post: Basic Troubleshooting Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM)

    Introduction Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 is a key member of the Microsoft System Center family of management products.  DPM is the new standard for Windows backup and recovery, delivering seamless data protection for Microsoft application and file servers by using...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Protection and Recovery using DPM 2007 - Part I

    With SharePoint gaining popularity in the last year and the recent release of DPM 2007 which supports the protection of SharePoint this has become a hot topic in the last few months. The protection and recovery of SharePoint data is not small undertaking and there is quite a bit of flexibility with what...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Agent Deployment in Data Protection Manager 2007 - Networking

    Note:  This is the second of a three part series for troubleshooting the DPM RA (Data Protection Manager Remote Agent).  Please check out the earlier blog, and the next (all start with the same title). Network security protocols between the DPM Server and the Agent can directly affect Agent...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Content DB Mirroring for DPM Administrators

    In this blog post, we will cover the mirroring of an existing SharePoint content database using SQL Server 2005. We will also discuss some basics of Search Index Servers in a SharePoint farm. The objective is to provide a light-weight cursory knowledge of how to setup and configure these two aspects...
  • Blog Post: Changing the DPM SRT File Store location

    It may become necessary to move the current SRT File Store to another location, for example, if space on the volume being used is running low, and the current data must be retained.  In general, the steps are: 1. Using DPM 2007, backup the SRT RMFileStore  and DPMSRT  SQL databases. 2...
  • Blog Post: So You Want to Try a Backup Network?

    What is a Backup Network? A backup network allows backup traffic segmentation from your primary network.   Keeping backup traffic off your production network allows you more bandwidth for your day-to-day work without having to wait for off hours to get backups of your data.   This does not...
  • Blog Post: Intro to DPM 2007-SP1

    In the coming weeks, we will be discussing the new features of DPM 2007 SP1 to enough depth that you can implement them into a new or existing environment. We will also be covering some of the basics on how to install and configure, at a very basic level, the applications that DPM will be protecting...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to SharePoint Search Indexes for DPM Administrators

    This blog introduces the basics of SharePoint Search capabilities to DPM Administrators. Initially, it may be a bit confusing as to why a DPM blog would contain information about how to setup and configure another technology’s software. In protecting this data using DPM, it is necessary to have an understanding...