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  • Blog Post: Erasing unsupported tapes & utility automation sample

    You may encounter tapes in DPM libraries that are written with an unsupported block size and first need to be erased because DPM cannot evaluate such tapes and therefore will not do anything to it. The ZIP file that can be downloaded here contains a script, script user guide and two utilities to accomplish...
  • 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: 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 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: 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: CLI Script: Force mark tape as free

    This script allows a user to mark any tape as free so that it is available for protection by DPM. Tapes which have unexpired data cannot be marked as free from the GUI but sometimes (esp. while testing) users need to override this behaviour. Save this script as a .ps1 file and run it. Usage and examples...
  • Blog Post: CLI Script: Manual detailed inventory of unknown tapes

    The following script runs detailed inventory on all unknown tapes in all the libraries attached to the specified DPM 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. This is for manually...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2007 Rollup Update -- NOW AVAILABLE

    We are very excited to announce that the ‘Rollup Update’ for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 is now available. There are new workloads to be protected, as well as new features in this update, including: Windows Server 2008 support Run DPM2007 Server on a Windows Server 2008 platform...