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  • Blog Post: Key takeaways: DPM Protection of Microsoft Workloads to Azure

    All Microsoft workloads that can be protected by Data Protection Manager (DPM) on disk or tape can also be protected to Azure Backup . At a high level, table below describes granularity at which DPM can protect various Microsoft workloads to Azure. It also describes granularity at which DPM can perform...
  • 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: 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: Service Pack 1 is for you

    I’m Seetharaman (Hari) Harikrishnan, General Manager of engineering for Data Protection Manager, here at Microsoft in Redmond. I’m writing today to announce the exciting news that we’ve recently globally released (RTW’d) System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (DPM) Service Pack 1. This is an important...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2007 licensing details -- a new video

    Abridged blog Cross-Post - original at blogs.technet.com/JBUFF DPM 2007 has a really simple licensing model: DPM Server - for the back-end platform(s) Standard DPML - for file protection Enterprise DPML - for file and application platform There aren't any Open File managers, library...
  • Blog Post: Data Protection Manager 2010 Release Candidate – now available

    We could say a lot of fluffy marketing stuff, but the most important thing to say is – COME AND GET IT ! We are very excited to announce that the Release Candidate for DPM 2010 is now available for public download.   Download the Release Candidate for DPM 2010 If you would like to see more...
  • Blog Post: If you are a Microsoft Partner ... you can be a DPM HERO

    If you haven't yet -- check out the new DPMHEROES.com website You can watch an overview of DPM 2007 Download the evaluation software -- and enter to win a chance to win an Xbox360 along with Heroes DVD season 2. And if you are a Microsoft partner, you can become a DPM Hero by learning how to help your...
  • 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: Data Protection Manager 2007 Storage Calculator

    In order to assist customers in designing their storage layout for Data Protection Manager 2007, we have put together a calculator that focuses on outlining the storage capacity requirements based on a set of input factors. For the first release, the calculator focuses on Exchange 2007 backup scenarios...
  • 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: Are you a Data Protection Hero ?

    Have you saved someone else's data ? Have you saved your company money or time with DPM? If so, Microsoft wants to hear your story. As part of the upcoming launch event for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 - Microsoft launched a new website - Heroes Happen Here.com At the HeroesHappenHere...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2007 has been released to manufacturing !

    On October 17 th at Storage Networking World, Ted Kummert, Microsoft Corporate VP for Data and Storage Platforms announced the release to manufacturing of System Center Data Protection Manager 2007. With the RTM, we are now counting down the days until General Availability (GA) in November, where...
  • Blog Post: Recover-Recoverable Item

    Its 6:00PM.   You were supposed to leave at 5:00PM.   Your boss catches you as you walk out the door and says he needs a file restored for a presentation first thing in the morning.   You say, “No problem, I will restore it real quick before I head home.”   You head to the DPM server...
  • 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: The search for DPM tape utilities stops here…

    This solution combines several existing tape related scripts with enriched functionality. The short list is shown in the DPMTapeUtil user guide illustration on the right. You can download the script and user guide from here , provided “as is” no rights or warranties implied. This script...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Monitoring, Backing Up, and Restoring Exchange Server 2010 with System Center

      Microsoft System Center helps you get the most from your mission-critical messaging infrastructure with management solutions that enhance the availability features built into Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. In this webcast on March 3, 2010 , we look at how System Center can improve the health...
  • 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: Start your Evaluations !!

    The DPM website has been updated ( www.microsoft.com/DPM ) - with new information on the upcoming release of DPM 2007, pricing/licensing details, and best of all - new downloads. As some of you may have heard from our recent demonstration at SQL PASS or from the DPM newsgroups, we have a release candidate...
  • 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: 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: DPM 2012 – Centralized Management : Troubleshooting using Scoped DPM Console

    Here is a scenario : “DPM Backups have failed because the SQL Server refused connection. The SLA has been missed thrice already in this week. The operator re-runs the backup the next day outside the backup window and it succeeds. Someone needs to answer why the failures are happening and what can be...
  • Blog Post: Tested hardware VSS provider table

    System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 tested hardware VSS provider for backup of Virtual machines deployed on Clustered Shared Volumes The table below contains the list of VSS hardware provider tested to be compatible with DPM for protecting virtual machines deployed on clustered shared volumes...