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New DPM2010 book available!

7:00 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

For all the DPM 2010 administrators / fans…

There is a new book out there:


practical step-by-step guide to planning deployment, installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of Data Protection Manager 2010

  • A step-by-step guide to backing up your business data using Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 in this practical book and eBook
  • Discover how to back up and restore Microsoft applications that are critical in many of today’s businesses
  • Understand the various components and features of Data Protection Manager 2010
  • Gain valuable insight into using Data Protection Manager through the author’s real world experience

In Detail

Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 is a backup and recovery solution that provides continuous data protection of the Windows environment and file servers to seamlessly integrated disk, tape, and cloud storage.

This practical, step-by-step tutorial will show you how to effectively back up your business data using Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 and how to plan, deploy, install, configure, and troubleshoot Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 as a standalone product. The book focuses on Microsoft best practices as well as the author’s own real-world experience with Data Protection Manager.

The book starts by providing an overview of DPM and the relevant planning that is required for your backup needs, before moving on to installing DPM. Then it dives deep into topics such as DPM Administrator console and Task Areas, configuring DPM to function, configuring DPM backup on servers, backing up critical applications, recovery options, and DPM offsite backup and recovery, amongst others.

A practical guide to using Data Protection Manager 2010 as your backup and recovery solution

What you will learn from this book

  • Learn how to develop a backup solution strategy
  • Install, configure, and administer Data Protection Manager 2010 effectively
  • Learn how to back up and perform bare metal recovery of Windows servers using Data Protection Manager
  • Discover how to back up and restore critical Microsoft applications such as SharePoint, SQL, Hyper-V, Exchange, and ISA 2006
  • Understand what is available for Data Protection Manager Offsite, cloud backup, and recovery options as well as how to configure them
  • Master PowerShell to perform tasks with Data Protection Manager
  • Troubleshoot common Data Protection Manager Problems
  • Configure and use SQL service self-recovery
  • Learn how to configure and use client protection in Data Protection Manager
  • Protect clients and servers in untrusted domains or in workgroups


This book is a practical, step-by-step tutorial to planning deployment, installing, configuring, and troubleshooting Data Protection Manager 2010. It will take you through all the steps required to use DPM to effectively back up your business data.

Who this book is written for

If you are a Network Administrator, System Administrator, Backup Administrator, Storage Administrator or IT consultant who wants to effectively back up your business data using Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010, then this book is for you.

A good understanding of operating systems and backup devices and network administration is required. However, prior knowledge of Data Protection Manager is not necessary.

About the Author

Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan is an information technology professional with over 11 years of experience in systems administration of server and desktop environments. For many years Steve has worked with backup solutions and disaster recovery. Steve has an Associate of Arts degree as a Network Support Specialist and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology. Steve holds the following certifications: A +, Linux +, MCSA, MCTS: (Hyper-V, SharePoint 2007, Exchange 2007, Vista).

Steve currently is an IT Manager. Steve enjoys sharing his adventures and ideas about system administration through his blog at Steve is happily married and is a proud father of three boys.



Protecting a Virtual Machine and also inside a guest

1:18 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Working on the Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager booth the last few days got myself quite some insight in what customers want from DPM.  It also brought up a few “issues” that actually are non-issues but where you need to do a few steps to get the issue out of the way.

The DPM BoothMe and Hypervbear courtesy by @hypervbear


This is the scenario.  People want to protect the entire virtual machine once a day, a week, a … depending on their needs.  At the same time, they want to add a DPM agent inside the guest to enjoy the “every 15 minutes backup” for SQL or Exchange or so.

This scenario provides two great things:

1. You have a Disaster Recovery plan

You can recover your entire virtual machine, from x-days old.  Start the box, and then recover the latest data in the guest

2. You have a restore test scenario

Recover the virtual machine to an alternate hyper-v host.  And then do the recovery inside the guest again.

So you get real value for this scenario.  But here’s the catch.  When you are protecting the hyper-v machine, it will also go inside the guest to get a consistent state and truncate logs.  But you have also a guest backup that also will truncate logs… Houston, we have a problem here…

Luckily there is an answer to this problem.

The issue is described in this KB article:

Issue 3
The application backup operation in the virtual machine (VM) is incorrectly affected by the VM backup operation on the server that is running Hyper-V.

However, in some cases, this doesn’t solve the problem.  Don’t panic… Here is what you need to do:

You can apply the following registry entry in a virtual machine to fix "Issue 3" for that virtual machine:

Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Virtualization\VssRequestor
Name: BackupType
Value: 0 or 1

If this registry entry is created and its value is set to 1 , application backup will not be affected by the virtual machine backup operation on the server that is running Hyper-V. If this registry entry does not exist, or if its value is 0 , the "Issue 3" occurs.