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  • Blog Post: New DPM 2010 TechNet Forums

    Last week, the DPM TechNet Forums were reorganized – so that it is easier for you to ask your question to the right group of experts -- and for them to answer you within context: DPM DPM Tape DPM Disaster Recovery DPM File protection DPM Exchange protection DPM SharePoint protection DPM SQL protection...
  • Blog Post: CLI Script: Copy latest point in time of SQL DB to a folder

    This script copies the latest recovery point of the specified SQL databases to the destination folder on a production server. Save this script as a .ps1 file and run it. Usage and examples of scripts can be found by calling them with ‘-?’ or ‘-help’ from inside DPM Management Shell. -------------...
  • 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: New DPM KB article fix: Unable to protect a SharePoint Farm with System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

    Just a quick FYI on a new Data Protection Manager Knowledge Base article we published today: ===== Summary While trying to create a protection group in System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1 or System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, you may receive the following error: DPM cannot protect...
  • Blog Post: DPM Installation: Initial Configuration

    Configuring DPM V2 Beta 2 To start protecting data after you install Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager V2 Beta 2 (DPM), you must perform a series of required configuration tasks. You can also configure optional DPM features at this time, or you can wait and configure optional features...
  • Blog Post: New Sales Promotion -- get DPM Server licenses when you purchase System Center SMSE's

    For those that are unfamiliar with DPM 2007 licensing, we just released a licensing podcast on Edge.Technet.com In that DPM podcast on Edge , after we talk about the DPM licenses themselves, we talk about some cool benefits of acquiring your DPML's within the SMSE, instead of as 'standalone' licenses...
  • Blog Post: CLI Script: To generate status reports

    The attached script generates a comprehensive report of the status of all backups and the storage utilization for each Exchange Server that is protected by DPM on a per SG basis.
  • 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: New SQL Server protection information for DPM 2007 SP1

    Two new pieces of information to keep you informed on what is going on with SQL Server database protection and System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1.   As part of Service Pack 1 for DPM, we now have official support for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3.  This goes both for protected...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio -- Total Wine success story with System Center

    Earlier this week, I sat down with our friends at Total Wine to talk about how they are using System Center. It's one of the first times that I've gotten to talk about technology and 'wine' instead of 'whine" - so check out the TechNet Radio interview where we covered: SC Data Protection Manager...
  • Blog Post: A script to set or remove disk quotas for protected client computers in System Center Data Protection Manager

    The Set-Quota PowerShell script (attached below) applies or removes disk quotas for protected client computers. It uses the expected data size per client value of the protection group to set the required disk quota for the client computers protected under that protection group. The script leverages windows...
  • 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: How do I schedule a DPM script from Powershell?

    Suppose you found or created one of those valuable scripts but want to run it on a schedule or even schedule itself. Whilst there is this wonderful Powershell Pack that includes a module to utilize the task scheduler from Powershell, this article uses the standard “Schtasks” utility. We assume some familiarity...
  • Blog Post: Easy DPM 2010 Fix: Disk based recovery points are not deleted as per retention goals

    When using System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 or 2010 (DPM) to backup your production servers, you might encounter a situation where the recovery point volumes for your protected data source keep running out of space and the number of days that DPM has recovery points for exceeds the desired...
  • Blog Post: DPM CLI Tips 'n Tricks: Powershell Basics - Part II

    Tab Completion The most fascinating part of DPM Management Shell is Tab Completion of cmdlets. By learning the common verbs in Powershell (like Get, Set, Start etc.), a Windows or an Exchange admin can easily use that knowledge and learn the DPM cmdlets. This is because the same verbs are used in...
  • Blog Post: Webcast -- what is coming next for DPM 2007 ?

    Its been about 6 months since DPM 2007 became generally available in the market, so we starting to hear the question " What’s next for Data Protection Manager 2007 ?" Please join us on Wednesday, April 23rd for a TechNet webcast to answer that question, as we talk about new workloads being protected...
  • Blog Post: NEW WEBCAST - Technical Overview of DPM 2007

    Please join us today - Wednesday, December 4th at 9:30AM Pacific - for an updated overview of DPM2007. We'll be going over most of the core features and everything you need to know to get started with your own evaluations of the new Microsoft backup and recovery solution. http://msevents.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: CLI Script: DPM status report

    The following script generates a comprehensive report of failures and the storage utilization for each Exchange Server that is protected by DPM on a per SG basis.
  • Blog Post: New DPM Case Study -- Sporton

    http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000002020 “When Sporton discovered how completely Data Protection Manager met their criteria, and that it was significantly more cost efficient than other products they had been evaluating, including offerings from CommVault and Symantec...
  • 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: How System Center Data Protection Manager works with EFS encrypted files

    Just a heads up on a new DPM 2010 Knowledge Base article we published this morning.  If you're protecting encrypted files using System Center Data Protection Manager  then you'll want to check this one out: ===== Summary This document aims to clarify how System Center Data Protection Manager...
  • 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: Announcing Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007

    My name is Bala Kasiviswanathan and I’m the Director of Storage Solutions Marketing in Redmond at Microsoft. I am very pleased to deliver the news that we recently made Service Pack 1 for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (DPM) available for download. This release delivers exciting enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Coming soon: The all new DPM Management Pack

    As a customer of a product that we love, we always love to see what are the new features that are cooking in the DPM labs. We take this opportunity to take a preview of the cool new features that are coming soon… Feature of the week: The all new DPM Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 ...