Today I got a lesson on "cluster-aware" and "not cluster-aware". With my new-found understanding, let's look at the versions of DPM and how they work with server clusters.
The eagerly awaited Service Pack 1 to DPM 2006 is now available for download. Important: if you are running a pre-release version of SP1, you should uninstall the pre-release SP1 before you install this final version.
For details on the fixes and improvements packaged in SP1, take a look at What's New in DPM SP1?.
I am embarrassed that I didn't know this until a recent (and very passionate) internal email discussion on customer support brought it up, but if I didn't know...maybe you didn't either?
I've never called or emailed Microsoft for help with my home computer because I thought there was always a cost. (Well, plus because I felt I should be able to figure out any problem myself -- I work there after all!) So I've probably spent many hours troubleshooting issues that the support experts could have handled much more quickly. I'll bet that the support option was mentioned in the product documentation or on the box as well, and I'm guilty of not reading it. I should probably retitle this, "The Hubris of Working at Microsoft".
Did you notice the reference in the DPM V2 Product Information FAQ to support for Continuous Cluster Replication (CCR)? I knew it was an Exchange 2007 feature but not much else, and had to do some poking around. I found a great blog post about CCR back in July and clipped it so I could share it when the time came that I could start talking about V2.
For a great explanation of CCR and how it works, take a look at Exchange 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) by Scott Schnoll. Enjoy!
You are invited to join us for a webcast about the next version of Data Protection Manager (DPM V2, as we fondly call it). This is a great opportunity to hear about V2's features and improvements, see some cool stuff, and pin down DPM's technical product manager, Jason, with your sharp questions.
The webcast will take place online Friday, October 27, at 12:30 PM Eastern Time. For more information, see the webcast event details.
Arlindo has posted a great walk-through (with screenshots!) of the Beta 1 installation process.
We provide installation instructions in the Deployment Guide that you can download with the Beta 1 product at Microsoft Connect, but if you're not at the download point yet yourself, this gives you an excellent overview of the procedure!
If you try to install DPM V2 Beta 1 on a server that does not belong to a domain, the installation will fail. Join the server to a domain first, then install.
(This only applies to the Beta 1 release.)