TechNet Forum Assistant released

November 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Microsoft just released a new gadget for your desktop.  This gadget will improve your experience in finding information in the TechNet Forums and Community. 

This tool is available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27747 (Oh yeah, there is one for MSDN too Smile)

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Some of the features of this gadget are:

  • Ask Questions

Through this gadget you can ask questions directly to the TechNet Forum Support Engineers.

  • Hot Topics & Resources

The tool directs you to the hottest topics and discussions

  • Receive Personal Updates

The gadget gathers forum threads for you on your favorite forums

How to begin

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Click on the settings to fill in your favorites and choose your settings

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The image above gives you more information on how the tool works

And now the only thing left is… Download it Smile

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Enjoy

Cheers,

Mike

System Center Day Event: The Video’s

November 23, 2011 at 7:32 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

A couple weeks ago, the Belgian System Center User Group has organized another System Center Day.  And again, it was a fantastic event.  We had some great sessions, nice food and an incredible audience both onsite as on the LiveMeeting.  While we had some technical difficulties (Internet falling out in 2011… Come on Smile) the overall event was a success and was noted in the evaluation scores.  Thank you very much for all the people who filled this in and thank you to all the people who attended live and offline.  It was a very pleasant day, also for the organizers.

 

With that said, I’m very happy to say that the slides and video’s are online.

The Keynote

For the first time I had the opportunity of delivering the keynote.  This was a very pleasant experience and a big honor for me.  The keynote I delivered talked about the future of IT and how we can address it as IT people.  Besides Private Cloud, I also addressed consumerization and NWOW (the new world of work)

Inside the presentation was also a link to a youtube video which described the vision of Microsoft in a couple of years.  A must see video if you want to catch the most important message of IT in the next couple of years… It’s all about the APP (and how we are managing it Smile)

Slides can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/mresseler/scug-system-centerdaykeynotemikeresseler-v10

Video can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/system-center-day-2011-keynote

YouTube Video from Microsoft: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnjmVdY3ry4&feature=related

 

The Future of Data Protection

The last session of the day, but of course, since we are talking about Data Protection certainly not the least important one Winking smile.

It is always great to talk about Data Protection and Recovery

Slides can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/mresseler/scug-system-centerdaydpmmikeresseler

Video can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/the-future-of-data-protection

Enjoy, and don’t forget to download the following applications for creating your own private could Winking smile

Important downloads
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3
System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1
System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta
Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
Managing Windows Azure Applications

Cheers,

Mike

Call to try out the System Center 2012 stack

October 24, 2011 at 11:17 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

For all the System Center fans in the world it is an exciting time… The 2012 stack is coming and every day there is more information about the features, capabilities and so on…

Management is a very hot topic, and the private cloud, hybrid cloud and public cloud aren’t going to change that.  I personally believe the opposite… The more “cloud” we are going to get, the more management we will need.

At that moment, a single pane of glass becomes major important.  And the System Center suite, together with it’s ecosystem of partners can and will deliver that.

Now here’s a call for all of you… You don’t need to believe me, just download, play, work and test them… And you will see that I’m right Smile

 

Where can I find them?

For all the beta’s of the products: Download here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh505660.aspx

The beta’s you can download are:

  • System Center Configuration Manager 2012 beta 2
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC
  • System Center Operations Manager 2012 beta
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 beta
  • System Center Orchestrator 2012 beta

Ok, but I need more information

You want resources and guides and how-to’s?  Those can be found on our SCUG.BE site and at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh478202.aspx

Cool, but now what?  I’ve got the tools, how do I build my cloud?

If you want to get tips and tricks for this, then make sure that you register for the Virtual Academy and get the free training from the specialists

Join the academy to get free, easy to access training content for IT Pros on cloud computing topics, including a hands-on view at how Microsoft System Center Management tools help manage a private cloud, plus an in depth discussion on how to implement these tools. 

 

All this information, free for you…

Enjoy

Mike

Book Review: Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010

August 26, 2011 at 6:58 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

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Introduction

Steve Buchanon’s book Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010, published by Packt Publishing is a dedicated book about Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010. Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager is a Protection and Recovery solution for Microsoft environments.

The Review

There is not much guidance about Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM) out there. You have the TechNet documentation and some good guidance on the blogs of the Data Protection Manager MVP’s and System Center user groups but that’s about it.

Steve starts his book with an overview of Data Protection Manager and continuous throughout the book as he is implementing Data Protection Manager in a business environment. Chapter 2 is a very valuable chapter for the implementer as he poses the right questions that everybody should ask before implementing a backup solution.

The author continues the project by providing full installation guidance and upgrade guidance also when you are running the older version of DPM. He then goes further in doing the Configuration of the product and finally starts protecting different data sources. What I particularly like about this is that he thinks out of the box and provides a great example on how to protect a Microsoft service that is not included in the “out of the box” protection possibilities. With that knowledge and thinking, every administrator should be able to protect any Microsoft service.

Of course he spends quite some time on the Recovery process, a process that is forgotten a lot by many administrators and guides you through this process. Important here is that he clearly indicates that this is also a process you have to plan carefully.

More information is also found on cloud backup, 3rd party integration, PowerShell documentation (a must read) and troubleshooting the product.

This book is a very valuable add-on to the available documentation and a must have for everybody who wants to investigate the possibilities of Data Protection Manager and for those who need to implement and work with it on a daily basis. This book will provide you with additional ideas, possibilities and information that is needed when you work with DPM as your backup product of choice. What is also interesting is that he likes to use links to additional information from the field instead of using the Microsoft links. This however could be also dangerous for dead links.

If you want to give me a downside of this book, is that the author remains nicely within the borders of DPM which is enough for most of the companies out there. If you however need advanced guidance for specific backup implementations, then you are still on your own. Hopefully the author thinks about this for a follow-up of this book.

 

Enjoy

cheers,

Mike

Microsoft’s internal use of SCDPM 2010

July 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released a case study about System Center Data Protection Manager 2010.  The customer in this case study is Microsoft’s own internal IT.  This is a very interesting case study as Microsoft is a very large organizations, with divisions worldwide, many datacenter and lot’s of data to protect (3.5 petabytes!!!!).  But as with any other case study, it is an interesting read but it doesn’t give you any technical details or information on how they did the work.

Another SCDPM MVP and good friend of my Yegor mentioned on his blog last week that Microsoft has released two more documents around the case-study.  I downloaded those and found out that they are actually containing great information for everybody that is tasked with a new setup of SCDPM or a migration from 2007 to 2010.

A must read:

Protecting Server Data with System Center Data Protection Manager 2010: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26659

Managing Data Back Up at Microsoft with Data Protection Manager 2010: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5898

Cheers

Mike

New DPM2010 book available!

May 24, 2011 at 7:00 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

For all the DPM 2010 administrators / fans…

There is a new book out there: http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Data-Protection-Manager-2010/dp/184968202X

From AMAZON:

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

Approach

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 Buchatech.com. Steve is happily married and is a proud father of three boys.

Cheers,

Mike

Protecting a Virtual Machine and also inside a guest

May 18, 2011 at 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:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975354

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
Type: REG_DWORD
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.

Enjoy

Mike

DPM 2012: The preview

March 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

As MMS 2011 is going to the end, today was the most wanted session of the entire summit Winking smile

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The session started with the overview of how DPM has changed over the years, starting with V1, V2 and so on… Now, with DPM 2010 (which is V3) gaining more momentum, the team released what the new stuff will be in V4, or DPM 2012

The nice thing is that they listened to all of us out there, and implemented the most requested features

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So what can we expect for the next release:

Centralized Management

  • Centralized Monitoring
  • Remote administration
  • Remote recovery
  • Role Based management
  • Remote corrective actions
  • Scoped Troubleshooting
  • Push to Resume Backups
  • SLA based Alerting : Alert only when SLA violated
  • Consolidated Alerts ensure one ticket per root cause issue
  • Alert categorization (Ex: infra alerts versus backup failure alerts)
  • Allow admins to automate/extend the base functionality using PowerShell

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I can’t show you screenshots of how it looks, because they did a live demo but I can guarantee you that the crowd in the room went wild.  The integration with OpsMgr is very neat and gives you real good tools to work on your DPM server(s) easy, straight to the point and last but not least… FAST.

Role-based management

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You asked for it, you get it.  While you still need to be admin on the DPM box to be able to manage it, in the next version there will be different roles available for you to scope your DPM environment to the right people.  While the picture above will probably still be subject of change, I think it is clear that role-based administration is on the way, and that the combination of DPM role-based administration and OpsMgr integration…. Well, I think it speaks for itself Smile

Certificate Base Protection

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DPM 2010 already has workgroup support… With DPM 2012, this will be done by certificates, which is much easier to manage in larger environments and from a security point of view will be much more appreciated by the security people.  Oh yeah, and there will be support for workgroup clustering protection.

Tape Media Co-location

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In DPM 2012 you will have the possibility to co-locate multiple protection groups on one tape set… Yes, you have read that correctly Smile

SharePoint item-level recovery

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In DPM 2010 and with SharePoint 2010 you already had easy Item-Level Recovery.  (It is also possible with SharePoint 2007 but then you need the recovery farm)  It can take a while to recover a single item, but it’s there.  In 2012, they will enhance that experience and recover much faster then before.

Virtual DPM Enhancements

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You run DPM virtually?  (Which works well BTW) You can’t do item-level recovery of hyper-v because of this?  It’s coming now!

Generic Data Source Protection

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For me, this is one of the most exciting features.  This will open up DPM to every Microsoft workload as long as the product team will adapt this.  And they will need to do that.  As example, we were shown how Virtual Machine Manager has already leveraged this to protect the VMM database.  In the future, they will extend that with the protection of the VMM library so that you can protect VMM the same way as SharePoint.  One-box, one-click, and of you go.

Want more?

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Watch out for the future because more exciting things are coming.  Integration with Service Manager.  Powershell integration.

Should I wait to install DPM?

NO!  Start now by implementing DPM 2010 already.  The centralized management will be able to connect to your DPM 2010 boxes.  There is no need to wait because the product is ALREADY great, and with the upgrade track / side-by-side migrations and everything they will provide us with it will be easy to go to DPM 2012 when it is released.

If you have questions or want to know more about DPM, don’t hesitate to contact me through this blog or contact the Microsoft people.

Cheers,

Mike

Getting the non-administrator client recovery working in DPM 2010

March 11, 2011 at 8:47 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

As said in a previous post, with the latest QFE, it is now possible to give your end-users the possibility to recover data from the DPM server through the DPM Client UI, without them being local administrator on their machine.

This is a feature that many administrators wanted, and now it is finally there.

So after installing the QFE on my environment, I started to test this out.

Now here is the first catch…

There is a mistake in the documentation of the KB.  It states the following:

The administrator of a client computer has to set the name of non-admin users who have permissions to perform end-user recovery of protected data of a client computer.  To do this, the administrator must add the following registry key and value for each of those non-admin users

Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\Agent\ClientProtection and then create a new key called ClientOwner as REG_MULTI_SZ

So first thing is browse to that hive

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Second thing was inserting the new registry key

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When I couldn’t get it working, I wrote an email to the product team and also digged in to the log files.  There it clearly stood that the key needed to be ClientOwners with an S at the back.

PS: REG_MULTI_SZ = Multi-String Value

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I changed that, but it still didn’t work as I expected.  Luckily, the product team replied very fast (thank you Venkat!) and gave me the naming convention to use for placing the non-admin users in that key. (which I had wrong also ofcourse…)

The convention is: DOMAIN\Username

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And if you want multiple non-admin users in that registry, then you need to use DOMAIN\Username, DOMAIN\Username2

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When that was done, I rebooted the windows computer, waited until a backup was taken and then it worked:

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Next post will go deeper into the Client protection

Cheers,

Mike

Update: Thanks to Alex Smits, who saw I had the wrong QFE link…

DPM QFE installation

March 10, 2011 at 9:18 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Our MMS presentation is in two weeks, and I have already started building servers a while ago, but now that the DPM product team has released a QFE I decided to install it on my demo environment.  Many of you will say that this a bad idea considering that MMS is so close and things could go wrong… but my trust in the DPM product team is high so I just went on with the installation :-)

As always, my advice is to read the entire knowledge base very well, to make sure that you understand how to install this.

On of the prerequisites of installing this is KB2223201 when DPM 2010 is installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 or KB2279787 when DPM 2010 is installed on Windows Server 2008.

Because I never installed the KB2223201 on that demo machine, I decided to have a look at what the issues could be…

The installer checks this however, and I don’t get the change of installing the update without the hotfix.

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Make sure that you have this hotfix in front, because this one requires a reboot, and that is something you don’t want to do in the middle of the day.

Now that I got rid of the hotfix prerequisite, I could start the actual installation

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Information about the jobs that will fail and that there will be taken a backup of the DPM database

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Accept the license agreement

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And that’s it, the installer is installing the update

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Press Close to finish the installation.  I left the Open DPM 2010 administrator console checkbox on because I want to deploy the update to my agents asap, so that I could keep them protected

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As you can see, every agent requires an update.  By selecting them (or doing it one by one) and clicking on the update available link, you can start the upgrade process

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You will get a notification again that running jobs will fail, but then again, they would fail anyhow because you are not running the latest agent version Smile

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And finally it is finished.

This was an installation for a single DPM server with the SQL dedicated on the same box.

If you have the SQL remotely installed, don’t forget to run the Sqlprep-KB2465832.msp (the x64 or x32 depending on your situation) BEFORE you start upgrading your agents.

If you have the DPM Management shell installed on a remote computer, then run the DPMManagementshell2007-KB2465832.msp

And if you have custom DPMRA ports then you need to do additional work after the installation (see the KB for information)

The same goes when you have IBM libraries, read the document carefully.

That’s it for today.

Next thing is testing the client protection with a non-admin user Smile

Cheers,

Mike