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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Protection and Recovery using DPM 2007 - Part II

    In the previous post, we covered the steps necessary to setup DPM and SharePoint to allow recovery of any SharePoint object from a single file up to the entire Farm.  In this post, we will cover the worst-case scenario in which the entire farm has to be restored. This is also the easiest of the...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Mirrored Databases with DPM 2007 SP1

    Considering the vast amount of mission critical data stored on SQL servers globally, the high availability of database mirroring with the frequent snapshots of DPM make protection and recovery scenarios much less fearful for administrators entrusted with protected SQL data. Database mirroring protection...