New QFE available for DPM 2010

March 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

The DPM product team has just released a new QFE: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2465832

Things that got resolved:

  • When you change the ports that are used by the Data Protection Manager 2010 Remote Access service, recovery jobs may fail.
  • On some client computers, the System volume runs out of space when local shadow copies are created and when the shadow copy storage is set to UNBOUNDED.
  • When you try to use one Data Protection Manager 2010 server to protect more than 1,000 client computers, you receive a warning that states that you cannot protect more than 1,000 client computers by using Data Protection Manager 2010. You receive this message even though Data Protection Manager 2010 can protect up to 3,000 client computers.
  • When you try to use one Data Protection Manager 2010 server to protect more than 1,000 client datasources, you receive a warning that you cannot protect more than 1,000 datasources by using Data Protection Manager 2010. You receive this message even though Data Protection Manager 2010 can protect up to 3,000 client datasources.
  • Data Protection Manager 2010 does not support the IBM System Storage TS2900 Tape Autoloader backup, recovery, or detailed inventory operations. The tape is left behind in the drive after any of these operations.
  • When you use Data Protection Manager 2010 Replication Agent to protect a 1.2 terabyte SQL server that has lots of .ndf secondary data files, Data Protection Manager 2010 Replication Agent crashes.
  • If you are not the administrator on a client computer, you cannot perform an end-user recovery of protected data on the client computer.
  • When there are many client computers that trigger client back up or client recovery operations, corresponding jobs are not triggered on the Data Protection Manager 2010 server. When the Data Protection Manager 2010 server enters this state, any later client backup or client recovery operations are not triggered on the Data Protection Manager 2010 server.
  • Data Protection Manager 2010 experiences slower performance if you try to protect more than 300 client datasources on a secondary Data Protection Manager 2010 server.
  • Data Protection Manager 2010 does not keep a recovery point for a client datasouce that was not synchronized during the retention period.
  • If there are many list items within of a SharePoint List in a SharePoint Content Database, the generation of a SharePoint Item level catalog will fail continuously for the SharePoint Content Database.

When I look at the things that got fixed, there is one in particular that drew my attention…

If you are not the administrator on a client computer, you cannot perform an end-user recovery of protected data on the client computer…

That is something huge!  That is actually something we were asking for and while we always thought that they would give it to us in the next version or if we got lucky in a service pack, we already have it now.  Now every company that owns DPM should really look at the client protection!

Download link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=d3fabb18-1adb-4c87-a95d-d3c3826d5bfb&displaylang=en

And as always, make sure that you follow the install guidelines correctly.

Have fun with this great release

Cheers,

Mike

DPM 2012

March 4, 2011 at 3:48 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

The MVP summit is over, had a great time over here meeting a lot of people, placing faces to people that I’ve worked and chatted with. 

But the most important thing about the MVP summit is the interaction with the product team.

And the guys of the DPM product team did a great job hosting this event for us.  We have discussed many things, and seen some great stuff.

And the cool thing that we learned is that the product team does listen to the customers and the it community.

Those of you who took the time and effort to fill-in the future survey that was available on the connect site can start getting curious.  I’ve seen the results of the survey, and I’ve already seen the response of the product team to that.

You want to know more?  Sorry, can’t tell you more… at least not just yet.

For those of you who go to the MMS summit, I definitely would recommend to go to the following session:

BB18: A first look at DPM 2012: http://www.mms-2011.com/topic/details/BB18

Hope to see you all there… It will be fantastic… You will cheer for it… You will love it… I promise

Cheers,

Mike

EASE

February 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

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Microsoft Belux is about to launch a new campaign called EASE

EASE stands for:

  • Explore the newest technology
  • Solve problems with Technical Insight
  • Advance your career to the next level
  • Engage with your local IT community

The idea behind the campaign is to help us in finding the resources needed to advance in our career.

The landing pages can be found here:

Dutch: De aanbevolen Key Resources van TechNet voor IT Professionals

English: Our Recommended Key Resources from TechNet for IT Professionals

French: Exprimez votre potentiel avec Microsoft TechNet

So if you want to explore information about the newest technology, solve the problems you are encountering, advance your career and engage with the user groups and local it community, then make sure you get to the landing page and retrieve your information.

Enjoy the information, and make sure that you read my story at the bottom of the landing page 😉

Cheers,

Mike

TechDays 2011: Final Chance to Register with Early Bird Pricing!

February 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Soon it will be Techdays 2011 in Belgium.  Techdays Belgium is the opportunity to see some great sessions from top speakers all over the world, and some local speakers as well.

I’m honored to say that I will be presenting myself, together with Alexandre Verkinderen from the System Center User Group Belgium.

More information about my session will follow, but you can already find the abstract on the Techdays website: www.techdays.be

If you haven’t registered yet, then do it now, because the early bird ends on February 28th.

Hereunder you can find the communication from Microsoft about it…

Time is running out to enjoy a special Early Bird pricing and attend this year’s TechDays. With a fantastic speaker line-up, we are sure this is a not-to-miss event. Early Bird Pricing will end on February 28th, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity and save up to €125!

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TechDays Main Conference on April 26th and 27th

During the main conference on April 26th and 27th, 6 Developer and IT-Pro tracks bring you a mix of new technology and in-depth content on current technology with over 60 sessions planned. Have a look at the session listing and you will discover which sessions have been confirmed so far. You will also notice that we have invited some top notch speakers who are eager to share their expertise.

TechDays Deep Dives on April 28th

On the third day of TechDays, April 28th, we host a Deep Dive day with 4 different tracks for developers and IT-Pros. As a developer you can choose between two tracks that go in-depth and focus on Best Practices.

 

Visual Studio 2010 Application Lifecycle Management Deep Dive sessions :

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Visual Studio 2010 ALM by Brian Keller

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Advanced Debugging with Visual Studio 2010 by Ingo Rammer

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Implementing Lean Software Delivery with Kanban and Team Foundation Server 2010 with ALM Ranger Adam Gilmore

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Practical Guidance on Visual Studio Database Projects with ALM Ranger Jens Suessmeyer

 

Windows Azure Platform Deep Dive sessions :

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Ubiquitous Communication with the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus by Christian Weyer

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Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service Deep Dive session by Vittorio Bertocci

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Real World Azure: Elasticity from on-premise to Cloud (and back) by Christian Weyer

As an IT Professional you have the option to choose between 2 solutions based tracks:

 

DirectAccess Day with John Craddock where you will learn more about:

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IPV6 technology going from deployment to management

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Securing your infrastructure with IPsec

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Deploying DirectAccess with Forefront UAG

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Deployment of Network Access Protection (NAP)

 

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Day with Corey Hynes where you will learn more about:

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Implementing Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager

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Implementing Pooled and Private Desktops with XenDesktop

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Implementing Application Delivery with App-V

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Implementing User State Virtualization

This is just a glimpse of what you can expect. Take a look at the constantly updated session listing to filter and browse through confirmed speakers and sessions.
Next to learning there is also the networking aspect of this conference. We give you the opportunity to connect with Product Managers from Redmond, meet your peers, talk to our user groups and much more.

Hope to see you at the TechDays!

Save your seats for TechDays 2011!

Cheers,

Mike

Calling the Belgians for MMS 2011

February 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

As you might have read or seen in the media the last days, there is a possibility that a volcano will erupt in Iceland soon.  For those who can remember it, a volcano eruption happened which caused some of us to drive to Madrid Airport and go to Vegas from there.

There were also Belgians who didn’t make it and many many Europeans never arrived at MMS last year.

When I read the news,  and twittered about it, the news got picked up quite fast and Rod Trent from MyITForum wrote a post about it.  (See here: http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/rtrent/archive/2011/02/09/icelandic-volcano-to-set-the-tone-for-mms-2011-mms2011.aspx)

We all hope that this year MMS won’t be disturbed by volcano’s, but if this would happen, we, from the System Center User Group Belgium would like to be prepared and orchestrate possible “alternative” routes.

So if you are a Belgian, and if you are going to MMS 2011, then sent me an email @ Mike(dot)Resseler(add)infrontconsulting(dot)com with your data so we can keep you informed if necessary. (Let’s hope not)

And at the same time, getting the Belgian System Center fans together is a nice plus :-) and we can keep you informed about the cool things that will happen in Vegas.

Cheers,

Mike

Prepping for MMS 2011

February 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

As we are now beginning of February, the excitement for the next few months is starting to come.  In a few weeks we will have the MVP summit where I will meet many of my peers, fellow MVP’s and more interesting people and where I will attend great break-out sessions and events.

A few weeks later, I will go the MMS summit where I have the honor of presenting together with David Allen a session on System Center Data Protection Manager.

This is the information about our session:

Title:  BB36 System Center Data Protection Manager 2010: Help, the Datacenter is Down… Let’s Restore

Abstract: Monday morning, 8 o’ clock.  You arrive at your desk and find out that the datacenter is down.  There is no DC, Exchange, SharePoint or SQL anymore…

What to do?  Wait, I have DPM 2010, let’s restore everything and become, again, the hero of the day.

Join us in this session where we will demonstrate how easy and fast we can recover from a total disaster with the help of DPM.  In this theatric session, we will use Hyper-V, BMR and workload recovery to get the services back online.

Why you don’t want to miss this one…

This session will present you with a scenario of a total disaster.  David and myself will then play some different roles and show you what you can do with DPM to recover your entire infrastructure.  We will be using slides, video and live demo’s in this one.  If you are using hyper-v or one of the Microsoft workloads, if you want to see how you can protect these workloads, virtual machines and even physical machines.  And if you want to see how we can recover these machines and workloads you need to come over and watch.

 

Hope to see you all there

Mike

A new add-on for DPM: dBeamer!DPM

January 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

It seems that there is a new add-on available for system center data protection manager. 

The add-on is called dBeamer!DPM and according to their website, it transforms DPM into a central component of a High-Availability – On-Demand infrastructure.  This of course drew my attention :-).

So I went further with reading the information

With the add-on, DPM administrators are able to browse data history captured in DPM and perform an instant data recovery from Microsoft DPM at anytime.

Ok, this is getting more interesting ;-).

The add-on allows you to start the recovery process, and instantly allows you to use the data, while the recovery process is still busy.  And even databases that are being recovered can be used instantly while the recovery is still in progress.

With dBeamer!DPM, you can even recover data from the DPM repository without the DPM service is actually running or present…

And with the fact that you can start your services (such as SQL) or your VM’s while the recovery is still in progress, make modifications to the data, it gives IT administrators a RTO of almost nothing.

Now this information comes from the website of instavia, which is the company that made the software.  I haven’t tested it out yet (I’m going to send an email asking for a test as soon as possible :-)) but it certainly seems promising.  If all above is true, then you can have a killer tool together with DPM.

Hopefully I get a test / demo license and I can give you more information soon

Cheers,

Mike

From the Forums: Could not enumerate Exchange

January 13, 2011 at 8:50 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Here’s a strange case that has been discussed on the great DPM forums.

A user reported that he could not enumerate the Exchange server when he was creating a protection group for Exchange Server using the DPM wizard.

These are the errors he got:

DPM could not enumerate application component Microsoft Exchange Server\Microsoft Information Store\xxx\17a465cc-90ca-4abd-927f-9aed49f33b5e on protected computer xxx. (ID: 964)
Please make sure that writer is in good state.

DPM could not enumerate application component Microsoft Exchange Server\Microsoft Information Store\xxx\17a465cc-90ca-4abd-927f-9aed49f33b5e\File on protected computer xxx. (ID: 964)
Please make sure that writer is in good state.

DPM could not enumerate application component Microsoft Exchange Server\Microsoft Information Store\xxx\17a465cc-90ca-4abd-927f-9aed49f33b5e\Logs on protected computer xxx. (ID: 964)
Please make sure that writer is in good state.

We let him do all the usual stuff but it didn’t solved anything.

Until today, nothing was found to solve this case, and there were many more reporting this issue.  But today, a user named Frans Molenaar found a solution.  Although it sounds like a very strange solution which has nothing to do with the issue, I decided to test it out in my sandbox and come to the conclusion that it actually indeed solved the case.

So here goes:

First: Check on the exchange server if the following powershell scripts exist:

In  %ExchangeInstallPath%\bin you need to find the following scripts:

  • CommonConnectFunctions.ps1
  • CommonConnectFunctions.strings.psd1
  • Connect-ExchangeServer-help.xml
  • ConnectFunctions.ps1
  • ConnectFunctions.strings.psd1
  • RemoteExchange.ps1
  • RemoteExchange.strings.psd1

Second: Check the following registry keys if they exist:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\PowerShellSnapIns]
@=””

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\PowerShellSnapIns\Microsoft.Exchange.Management.PowerShell.E2010]
“CustomPSSnapInType”=”Microsoft.Exchange.Management.PowerShell.AdminPSSnapIn”
“ApplicationBase”=”C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft\\Exchange Server\\V14\\bin”
“AssemblyName”=”Microsoft.Exchange.PowerShell.Configuration, Version=14.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35″
“Description”=”Admin Tasks for the Exchange Server”
“ModuleName”=”C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft\\Exchange Server\\V14\\bin\\Microsoft.Exchange.PowerShell.Configuration.dll”
“PowerShellVersion”=”1.0″
“Vendor”=”Microsoft Corporation”
“Version”=”14.0.0.0″

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\PowerShellSnapIns\Microsoft.Exchange.Management.PowerShell.Setup]
“CustomPSSnapInType”=”Microsoft.Exchange.Management.PowerShell.SetupPSSnapIn”
“ApplicationBase”=”C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft\\Exchange Server\\V14\\bin”
“AssemblyName”=”Microsoft.Exchange.PowerShell.Configuration, Version=14.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35″
“Description”=”Setup Tasks for the Exchange Server”
“ModuleName”=”C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft\\Exchange Server\\V14\\bin\\Microsoft.Exchange.PowerShell.configuration.dll”
“PowerShellVersion”=”1.0″
“Vendor”=”Microsoft”
“Version”=”14.0.0.0″

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\PowerShellSnapIns\Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Powershell.Support]
“CustomPSSnapInType”=”Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Powershell.Support.SupportPSSnapIn”
“ApplicationBase”=”C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft\\Exchange Server\\V14\\bin”
“AssemblyName”=”Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Powershell.Support, Version=14.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35″
“Description”=”Support Tasks for the Exchange Server”
“ModuleName”=”C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft\\Exchange Server\\V14\\bin\\Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Powershell.Support.dll”
“PowerShellVersion”=”1.0″
“Vendor”=”Microsoft Corporation”
“Version”=”14.0.0.0″

If this is not the case, then copy the registry keys from another exchange server and after that, it works.

To test this, I exported some of the registry keys, removed them and tried the DPM wizard.  I got exactly the error as described in the thread.  After imorting the keys again, everything worked as a charm.

If you have this similar issue, then check these things out

For the complete thread: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/dpmexchbackup/thread/25ef304c-b9b5-47b6-a65d-17967ab0ad62/

And thank you Frans Molenaar for finding this solution

Cheers,

Mike

Configuring Cluster Networks for CSV redirected access

January 4, 2011 at 7:55 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Here’s a great article published by Microsoft:

System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Hyper-V protection: Configuring cluster networks for CSV redirected access

Those of you who have ever worked with DPM 2010 and the protection of hyper-v guests, located on a CSV know that this could be a pain in the …

We have seen many reports on dying clusters, non-performing servers and so on.

The first option is, and always is, make sure that you het the hardware VSS provider (http://blogs.technet.com/b/dpm/archive/2010/02/05/tested-hardware-vss-provider-table.aspx)

But sometimes it is just not possible (there is no VSS provider, or it is not compatible)

Second option would be to serialize the backup of the virtual machines. (Great article by Robert here: http://robertanddpm.blogspot.com/2010/07/enabling-serialized-backup-of-hyper-v.html)

And even further, the article published now gives a great overview on how and why you should have a dedicated network for redirected mode.

Enjoy: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2473194

Cheers,

Mike

 

A new DPM MVP

January 3, 2011 at 7:37 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

I’m verry happy to hear that a good friend and fantastic DPM guy Robert Hedblom has received the MVP award for System Center Data Protection Manager.

Check out his blogpost here: http://robertanddpm.blogspot.com/2011/01/mvp-award.html

Congratulations Robert, you have earned the reward!

Cheers,

Mike