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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Replacing tape drive assignments

    Imagine you got a replacement library for a broken one, or one with larger capacity to partition or share between DPM servers but anyway shows up as another tape drive. For discussion sake we say everything is fine with the new library but you now got all those protection groups on one or more DPM servers...
  • 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: Streaming Video -- How to deliver Disaster Recovery with DPM 2007

    For many environments, simply providing reliable backup and recovery of key workloads like SQL Server and Exchange is enough. For larger enterprises, distributed branch-office environments, and those with mandates for off-site protection -- DPM 2007 can also be used for multi-tiered data protection...
  • Blog Post: Scripting the DPM agent installation...

    Installing the DPM protection agent in your environment can be a challenging task if you have a large number of computers to backup. This may be made harder by security lockdowns, firewalls or other configurations in your environment. Given the challenges, the out-of-box experience team for DPM 2007...
  • Blog Post: DPM Installation: Configuring Libraries

    Configuring Tape Libraries (Continued from previous post) Last week’s DPM snip covered basic configuration of tape libraries and also mentioned if drives from a tape library are listed as stand-alone tape drives, or if a stand-alone tape drive displays incorrectly as a drive in a tape library, you...
  • 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: 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: DPM v2007 Tape Optimization Guidance

    The attached paper introduces the concept of tape optimization in DPM 2007. It also provides instructions on how to implement these concepts.
  • Blog Post: Setting up a simple D-D-T backup of a stand-alone Hyper-V server with DPM 2007 SP1

    Setting up protection in DPM 2007 as always is simple, no matter what the data source to be protected. Ensure that the pre-requisites are present; install your agent, set up any tape libraries if you may have, add disks in the storage pool, go through the Data Protection Wizard and you are done! So...
  • Blog Post: DPM v2 Beta2: Setup specifics

    Installing DPM V2 Beta 2 A Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (DPM) installation involves installing the DPM prerequisite software and the DPM application. The DPM Setup Wizard guides you through the process of specifying the DPM installation settings, and it automatically installs...
  • Blog Post: Planning Your DPM 2007 Strategy

    Features of DPM It is essential to a business or organization that its data is protected, and System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (DPM) is an effective solution for providing that protection. By using DPM in your organization, you get the following benefits: Disk-based data protection...
  • Blog Post: DPM and Production Server Pre-requisites (Exhaustive)

    DPM V2 Beta 2 Installation Requirements A Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager V2 Beta 2 (DPM) installation involves installing the DPM prerequisite software and the DPM application. The DPM Setup Wizard guides you through the process of specifying the DPM installation settings, and automatically...
  • 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: Upgrade Advisor For DPM 2010 Now Available !

      Download the upgrade advisor now! In the past we have received questions on upgrade steps of DPM server and agents from DPM 2007 SP1 to DPM2010 Release Candidate. DPM 2010 Upgrade advisor addresses questions on how to upgrade DPM versions ranging from DPM 2007 to DPM 2010, running on OS variants...