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  • 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: 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: DPM 2010: Helping you meet SLAs with less effort

    Better backups with DPM – the story so far… DPM has consistently aimed at making your backups more reliable. The transition from tape to disk as a medium for storing backups provided the first impetus to improved reliability of backups, and was delivered with DPM 2006 , our first release. It also...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting tips for DPM 2007 - on the Windows Server Core blog

    Hi folks, There are some great DPM troubleshooting articles on the Windows Server 2008 core blog ( http://blogs.technet.com/askcore ) - which is maintained by the Microsoft Enterprise Windows Server Core Team. Basic Troubleshooting of DPM 2007 Troubleshooting DPM agent deployments - part 1 Troubleshooting...
  • 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 create and delete recovery points for DPM via PowerShell

    Knowing how to manipulate DPM by way of PowerShell can come in handy in many situations. For example, I had a case to where I was troubleshooting the DPM console that was crashing and there was a concern as to whether or not recovery points where being made for specific protection groups. Using the PowerShell...
  • 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: Solving common DPM agent installation issues

    This post is a summary of the most common support cases that we have been hearing so far in the area of DPM Protection Agent installation on a target server. We capture the following here in the excel sheet attached - common issues, why they fail, and the quick resolution steps to get past these issues...
  • Blog Post: Known Issues and recommended solutions on Secondary Protection (Disaster Recovery)

    1. We have seen issues under Secondary DPM server when production server node is expanded in DPM UI, you do not see any datasources enumerated. As a result of this, you cannot add secondary protection for any of the datasources of that production server. This could happen due to one of the following...
  • Blog Post: DPM PowerShell Script -- invoking a Consistency Check

    By design, DPM 2007 should be ‘ fire and forget ’ – meaning that after initial replication, data changes will automatically and routinely replicate.  However, due to a variety of external factors, the data set may become inconsistent.  Usually, DPM will correct itself within...
  • Blog Post: CLI Script: To remove all datasources in inactive protection state

    The attached script removes all inactive datasources under a given DPM server. It provides options to remove inactive datasources on disk/tape/both. Save this as a .ps1 file and invoke it from inside the DPM Management Shell. Please contact us if you need any further assistance in running the script...
  • 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: CLI Script: Run consistency check on invalid datasources

    This script runs a consistency check job on all the protected datasources that are in the invalid state and tracks the set of jobs while giving progress on the screen. 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...
  • 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: CLI Script: Auto re-running consistency checks

    Some customers had non-DPM issues, like network issues because of which consistency check (CC) jobs failed too often. For the benefit of them, we have added a script that would re-try CC until it succeeds. Note: In some cases, CC would impact the protected computer’s performance and hence use this script...
  • Blog Post: Take caution when reintroducing old storage pool disk space

    Assume we have some sort of scenario where protection is continued on new storage pool and are left with old storage pool that contains data but is no longer relevant. You could develop the idea to re-use old storage pool disk space to enlarge the new storage pool and may even be part of a migration...
  • Blog Post: Enabling/Disabling co-location of data on Tape

    With DPM 2007 Feature Pack (KB949779), we have added support for media co-location. With this feature, you can achieve better tape utilization by co-locating data from multiple protection groups with similar retention range. This feature is disabled by default. You can use following PowerShell commands...
  • Blog Post: How much can I shrink recovery point volumes with DPM2010

    The script shown below finds out how much recovery points volumes could be shrunk on DPM2010. One word of caution though: use the shrink feature with common sense and not as a regular remedy! Repeated small shrinks cause free space fragmentation and increases the number of extents. The shrink option...
  • Blog Post: CLI Script: To recover a DPM replica volume from data stored in tape

    When a disaster occurs, and you lose your replica volume for any datasource, you could re-seed the replica from the backed-up data you have in tape. This little script initializes replica from a tape recovery point. The parameters have to be customized for your environment first as given below. Save...