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  • Blog Post: Protecting Apps using DPM 2006

    Data Protection Manager 2006 aka DPM V1 primarily caters to the file server protection market. But a lot of servers out there are application servers. So if you bought DPM V1, how do you ensure protection of your application servers? DPM has a file system filter sitting on the IO stack of the protected...
  • Blog Post: DPM FAQ updated

    The DPM FAQ is updated and includes the following changes: Updated system requirements to include Windows Server 2003 R2. Added "Can I use DPM with Windows Server 2003 R2?" question and answer. Added restriction on using Disk Defragmenter on the DPM storage pool to the "Known Issues" section...
  • Blog Post: Why good scripts may start to fail on you for instance with timestamps like “01/01/0001 00:00:00”!

    You may have scripts running fine since early DPM2007 days but start to show unexpected results with DPM2010. This blog explains what is likely happening and how to resolve that. Typically information returned from cmdlets is assumed to be valid unless some error occurred, right? That is no longer a...
  • Blog Post: WAN Tricks: Using consistency checks smartly

    Running resource-intensive jobs (like replica creation and consistency checks) successfully over low-speed WAN links is a challenge. For example, a transfer of 20 GB volume across a 512 Kbps link would take at least 120 hours. Check out how we can solve this problem easily using DPM . - Balaji...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Hyper-V Protection with DPM 2010 Beta - How to automatically protect new Virtual Machines

    We had a great question come into the DPM Newsgroup recently. How do I automatically protect new VMs added to a Hyper-V host using DPM? In any virtualized environment, adding new VMs is a frequent operation. While backup administrators can protect an entire Hyper-V host using the DPM Management Console...
  • Blog Post: CLI Script: Script to generate DPM configuration report

    The attached script generates a report of the mapping between each Exchange Server, the backup Protection Groups and its associated SGs. Krishna Mangipudi
  • Blog Post: Webcast: SQL Protection using DPMv2

    Join us for this webcast on SQL Protection and Recovery. In this webcast, we will focus on how DPM 2006 and DPM v2 can provide continuous data protection for Microsoft SQL Server. Currently, DPM 2006 protects Microsoft SQL Server logs for reliable backup; DPM v2 Beta 1 introduces a whole new level of...
  • 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: 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: 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: DPM CLI Tips 'n Tricks: Powershell Basics

    The scripts posted in this blog require knowledge of Powershell and DPM cmdlets. So we thought we would present some tips ‘n tricks to become power users! Introduction The first difference between any normal Command Line Interface (CLI) (typically, Windows cmd.exe based environment) & Powershell...
  • 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: 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: 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...