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  • Blog Post: Protecting Apps using DPM 2006

    Data Protection Manager 2006 aka DPM V1 primarily caters to the file server protection market. But a lot of servers out there are application servers. So if you bought DPM V1, how do you ensure protection of your application servers? DPM has a file system filter sitting on the IO stack of the protected...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007 is now available

    The DPM team is very excited to announce the release of Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007.     What is new in Service Pack 1 http://www.microsoft.com/SystemCenter/DataProtectionManager/en/us/WHATs-NEW.aspx                       ...
  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about SharePoint and DPM

      Chris Whitehead, who is a Premier Field Engineer for SharePoint in the UK and a fan of DPM, recently posted a series of blogs on SharePoint and DPM. One of the things that we like about Chris is that he has a different point of view.  - We in the DPM team think about “backing stuff up” …...
  • Blog Post: Series on Protecting Hyper-v with DPM

    Hello all! The DPM product team is about to embark on a series of blogs specifically dedicated to protecting your Hyper-V environment. We will be covering a gamut of topics ranging from various protection scenarios, recovery scenarios, tips 'n tricks, under-the-hood glimpse into how DPM works with...
  • Blog Post: What is new in DPM 2007 Service Pack 1 -- check out this EDGE video

    At IT Forum last week, the general public got a chance to see DPM 2007 Service Pack 1.   It isn't quite released yet, but still tracking really well for December.  So, to give everyone else a taste of what is in SP1 -- check out this video on EDGE.TECHNET.COM.   And look for a weekly...
  • Blog Post: Script: Auto-add new SQL DBs for protection

    This is a sample script that will automatically add all the newly available SQL DBs in all instances for protection. You can customize this easily to change the protection policy. Save the attached file as a .ps1 file and invoke through the DPM Management Shell. The script can also be added to the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Customer Blog Post on DPM 2007 SP1 -- Convergent Computing

    With the release of DPM SP1 and having an opportunity to be on the beta of the update, thought I'd share my experiences... For those who have worked with Data Protection Mgr in the past, you probably have already experienced the concept of ongoing incremental digital backups of your servers that DPM...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2010 Beta is available now

    The Data Protection Manager (DPM) team at Microsoft is happy to announce the arrival of Data Protection Manager 2010 Beta.  I am Anand Kamat, Group Product Manager for the DPM development team, and since shipping DPM 2007 SP1 in Jan 2009, we have been on an amazing journey to get this feature packed...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 can be protected by multiple DPM servers

    I like to draw attention to something that may not be well known and surprise some old ‘die hard’ DPM’ers. You probably are familiar with the ‘rule’ that all protected hosts within a cluster must be protected by the same DPM server! This is does not apply to Exchange 2010 and is formally documented here...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 clusters can be protected by multiple DPM servers

    I like to draw attention to something that may not be well known and surprise some. You probably are familiar with the ‘rule’ that all protected hosts within a cluster must be protected by the same DPM server! This is does not apply to Exchange 2010 and is formally documented here: http://technet.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting SharePoint recoveries for DPM

    There are some common issues we run into when troubleshooting SharePoint recoveries and the video below covers how to diagnose common SharePoint DPM recoveries using the various logs that are available. The two areas of focus are insufficient space and incorrect templates related issues. The video covers...
  • Blog Post: How to use SAN recovery option and mapping data source volumes to Windows disks

    Say you want to use the DPM “SAN recovery” option. This requires storage management steps for which it is useful to know which Windows disks (LUN’s) hold the associated DPM volumes for a given data source. First a generic recap of the potential ‘DPM SAN recovery’ advantages and steps; ‘SAN recovery’...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Exchange Server with DPM 2007 - new blog post from MS Exchange Team

    The Microsoft Exchange team blog ( msexchangeteam.com ) recently posted an absolutely phenomenal blog post that describes exactly how DPM 2007 protects Exchange Server data. With soem really good explanations and nice graphics -- we might just reprint it as a new technical whitepaper (somewhat kidding...
  • Blog Post: Optimizations in protecting SQL databases with high churn by DPM

    This blog discusses solutions for the two issues,which might be encountered while protecting high churn databases using DPM. Incremental backup job triggered by DPM transfers transaction logs from SQL Server to the DPM Server. One of the issues with this behaviour is, at times these transaction...
  • Blog Post: Potential VM protection name confusion

    Lets say you create virtual machine protection and current conditions allow “ Backup Using Child Partition Snapshot\< VM>” or in short; ‘ online’ protection. Then you change the VM configuration and introduce one of the conditions that prohibit online protection (see below and  http://technet...
  • Blog Post: Protecting and Recovering E-Mail Using DPM 2007 and Exchange 2007

    The following was posted by Harsh Mittal , the Exchange protection feature lead with the DPM product team.  For more information around protecting Microsoft Exchange with Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2007, please check out: How to protect Exchange Server with DPM 2007 - resources on www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Why does DPM use the Recovery Storage Group in Exchange?

      One of the more common questions that we hear from DPM customers is around the DPM dependency on the Exchange RSG, while other backup technologies do not require it.   How Microsoft customers were protecting Exchange previously When Microsoft looked at how customers were protecting Windows...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2010 Protecting Exchange 2010 DAG in a Single Site

    Why should you backup an Exchange 2010 DAG implementation with DPM?  What should you be thinking about before you make a final decision? What is the way out of this conundrum?     ….Well, it depends.  Let me walk you through a scenario.  First, let us make a couple...
  • Blog Post: Protect, Unprotect, Protect, Unprotect – Understanding how DPM 2010 retention works

    UPDATE 11/20/2013: The script below has been updated to work with all current versions of DPM 2012. ===== With special thanks to Fahd Kamal for the backgrounder content. Imagine that you are experimenting with DPM 2010.  You protect some data, and then you remove that protection group.  Then...
  • Blog Post: About defining DPM protection from CLI

    Those with interest in modifying and creating DPM protection from CLI probably appreciate this otherwise there is little sense in reading further I guess. Those that seek to save and recreate protection configurations are up for a task that proved to be a daunting one, you may want to look into a twin...
  • Blog Post: Space needed to migrate a disk

    The MigrateDatasourceDataFromDPM script can have many formats one of which is to migrate a source disk to a target disk or array of disks. How much space do you need to migrate? You need at least as much as the source disk size of course but what if 1 or more volumes span to another disk? Take the sample...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2010 Release Candidate webcast preview

    Hopefully you have been enjoying the DPM 2010 beta since September, but we are almost finished with the Release Candidate and our last milestones towards delivery. Please join us on January 14 at 9:00 AM Pacific US Time to see what is coming in the Release Candidate We will demonstrate the pre-RC...
  • Blog Post: How does DPM really protect data?

    This entry probably should have been a cross-posted ... but please check out my individual blog's latest post on how the DPM 2006 and DPM 2007 drivers work. Also included is a 10 minute streaming video on how DPM 2007 uses VSS, as well as the native transaction logs of Exchange Server and SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: How to protect SQL SERVER with DPM 2007 -- new Technet Webcast starting soon

            We're starting in about an hour -- 9:30 AM Pacific Time on Friday, September 26th What better way to start the weekend than being sure that your data protection solution ' has got your back ' (pun intended) for your database server farm?   So, grab some coffee, find a...
  • Blog Post: How to protect SharePoint with DPM 2007 -- streaming video

    Here is a new streaming video (20 minutes) which demonstrates protection and recovery of SharePoint 2007 with DPM 2007. It also talks about the specifics of how DPM protects SharePoint and its distributed architecture. Click here to watch streaming video - How does DPM 2007 protect SharePoint...