Words and Software

Technical writing for Windows 10. (old: Intelligent Systems Service, Data Protection Manager, and Operations Manager)

July, 2007

  • DPM 2007 chat session

    It was great to "see" so many of you at this morning's chat on DPM 2007 - the room peaked at 90 people, although the gentleman with the Vista question doesn't really count. There was a nice variety of questions. I collected them so we can make sure the documentation addresses the issues people are interested in. I expect there'll be a transcript of the chat session posted later. In the meantime, here's a sample of today's Q&As...

    • Q: When will the DPM be available for purchase?
      A: It will be available in the last quarter of 2007.
    • Q: After adding a job to backup an SQL database, how do you modify the backup schedule?
      A: You need to go to the Protection pane, select the Protected group and modify protection group. This will launch the same wizard that you used to create the protection group. You can then modify the schedules as required.
    • Q: how is it possible to use a SQL Server instance for DPM from a remote server. We have lots of customers with consolidated SQL Servers and they dont want to install an additional SQL Server Instance for DPM
      A: During the setup of DPM, you can specify to use an existing SQL instance. The SQL instance has to be named Microsoft$DPM$. The step by step guide is covered in the setup documentation.
    • Q: What does DPM backup in a VHD file? The whole thing or just elements within it (like Exchange and SQL)?
      A: if you protect the data within the guest, then you can protect the individual data sources. for this you need to install the DPM agent on the GUEST itself. however, if you want, you can protect the VMs themselves by installing the agent on the HOST. in this case, the entire VM will be protected. Note that DPM will only perform block level (changes) backups for the VMs.
  • A new Vista trick I learned

    The Off Campus blog brought to my attention the coolest Vista trick I've learned yet - resizing screens on the fly. Up till now, I thought my only choices were (1) changing the screen resolution, (2) messing with IE's View settings for web pages, (3) Windows's Magnifier. All of those are just a bit too much trouble for occasional instances of too-fine print. And now I found out that all I need is the control key and my mouse wheel - too cool!

  • DPM 2007: new script repository

    Adding PowerShell integration to this version of DPM is a big plus -- you can use DPM Management Shell to manage multiple DPM servers simultaneously, script oft-performed tasks, even do a few things that you can't do in the UI (such as removing recovery points). The product development team presents and discusses useful scripts on their blog, so you can use them to tailor to your own environment. And now these scripts will also be available on the Script Center, in the DPM script repository. Bookmark that page!

  • DPM 2007 and the storage pool

    If you're familiar with DPM 2006, adding disks to the storage pool in DPM 2007 might be confusing because it doesn't behave the way you expect. You're not alone - a lot of you using the beta 2 version of DPM 2007 have run into this. So here's an explanation of DPM 2007 and the storage pool disks.

    In DPM 2006, disks added to the DPM storage pool are reformatted and, if necessary, converted to dynamic disks. DPM 2006 uses all space on the disk in the storage pool.

    In DPM 2007, DPM uses only unallocated space on disks added to the storage pool. If you add a disk to the DPM 2007 storage pool that has existing volumes on it, DPM cannot use the space in the existing volumes. To make an entire disk available to the storage pool, delete all existing volumes from the disk before you add it to the storage pool.

  • DPM 2007 chat session

    There will be a chat session on July 31, at 8:00 a.m. (pacific time) to discuss DPM 2007, formerly referred to as V2. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered, hope to "see" you there!

    "Get Ready for Data Protection Manager 2007 beta 2"

  • More DPM blogs

    Check out Jason's World, a new blog on DPM (and anything else Jason decides to write about).

    In addition, two of our Technology Adoption Program (TAP) partners are posting about their experiences with DPM on their blogs: DPMFAQ.COM and My Spot on the Internet.