DPM 2010 Setup Pre-Requisite Checker Tool download

December 17, 2010 at 8:10 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Microsoft recently has released the DPM 2010 Setup Pre-Requisite Checker tool.

You can find the download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=6bfe19b9-1302-4dbb-a202-c20159d67057

Make sure you read the instructions on that page well…

  • The Tool will NOT run if you have a DPM agent or the DPM Management Shell installed on the server.
  • The Tool will automatically install VCRedist 2008, enable the Powershell role and install .net 3.5 SP1
  • It will ask you if you are going to use the dedicated SQL instance or a remote one
  • It will install Doctor Watson (even if it is already installed)
  • It will install SIS if not yet installed
  • It will check if you have MSI 4.5 (and install if not)
  • It will check for KB 975759 and install it if necessary
  • And then you have the possibility to launch the SQL Server Configuration Checker.

So as you can read, it will prepare your server for the installation of DPM.  So in my opinion, they should change the name and make it the DPM 2010 Setup Pre-Requisite Installer tool :-)

Cheers,

Mike

 

DPM 2010 Hyper-V Protection: Cluster networks for CSV redirected access

December 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Another great KB is launched…

This is all about that you can “kill” your network by protecting your hyper-v virtual machines on a CSV, by using a software VSS providor.

This has been discussed on the forums for many many times, and now, we finally have a clear, explained reason, and some workarounds and solutions

A must read KB if you want to protect VM’s

http://blogs.technet.com/b/dpm/archive/2010/12/09/system-center-data-protection-manager-2010-hyper-v-protection-configuring-cluster-networks-for-csv-redirected-access.aspx

or

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;2473194

Cheers,

Mike 

DPM and the case of EFS

December 7, 2010 at 7:59 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

A question that has come to the forums many times… How does DPM handle files that are encrypted with EFS.

Although most of us kind of knew how it worked at the back, it was never a proven statement.  Now, there is finally a KB that explains it quite well.

When you are protecting files that are encrypted, this is what happens:

– If a file has not changed since the last sync, DPM will not transfer any data. 
 
– If a file has changed and is not encrypted with EFS, DPM transfers only the changed blocks of a file.
 
– If a file has changed and the file is protected with EFS, DPM will transfer the entire file.
So now we know it for sure 馃槈
Make sure that you keep this in mind when planning your PG’s.  This could lead to a significant increase in transferred data so plan well.
Cheers,
Mike

DPM 2010 QFE Rollup available

November 16, 2010 at 10:55 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Microsoft has just released a DPM 2010 QFE Rollup.

This, much awaited hotfix rollup, fixes the following issues:

  • You cannot protect the Microsoft Exchange Database Availability Group (DAG) on a secondary DPM 2010 server.
  • You are prompted to restart a client computer after you install an agent on the client.
  • DPM services crash, and you receive the error, “Unable to connect to the database because of a fatal database error.”
  • MSDPM crashes, and event ID 945 is logged in the event log.
  • When you change a Protection Group, add a very large database, change the disk allocation, and then commit the Protection Group, DPM 2010 does not honor the user intent, and instead, DPM 2010 sets the sizes of replica and shadow copy volumes to the default sizes.
  • The Management tab does not link to information about the latest Microsoft Knowledge Base article for DPM 2010.
  • You receive the message, “Computers not synchronized,” when you try to replicate DPM 2010 databases to a System Center Operations Manager. 

The information for the KB can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2250444

The download can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=f399fbfa-5c8b-4eb6-bda2-ea997745919a

Enjoy

Mike

TechED Israel 2010

November 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

I鈥檓 very pleased to announce that I will be presenting on TechED Israel 2010.

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My session鈥檚 topic: Protecting Microsoft applications efficiently with DPM 2010

Abstract:

System center Data Protection Manager allows you to easily backup and restore Microsoft’s Hyper-V, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and more. Learn about the capabilities of the product and the benefits of using it to better deal with your application backups needs.

For all the System Center Data Protection Manager fans out there who come to this event, ping me so we can meet!

Except for the session, I also will be joining the Ask The Experts event.  This will be a cool event with drinks and food and a change to get to us and ask us all of your questions.  If you have questions about SCDPM (or something about the other System Center Products) then join us over there.

See you all there!

Mike

PS: Here you can find my session: http://www.microsoft.com/israel/TechEd2010/Tracks/DTC.aspx

Chalk-Talk 9 December 2010

November 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

I will be at the Chalk Talk of 9 December 2010.  This event will host several industry experts from Belgium and will give YOU the opportunity to ask your questions.

If you have any questions about one of the below topics, don鈥檛 hesitate to send them or join us live and ask them there.

The topics are:

路 Exchange Server

路 Active Directory & Identity

路 Security

路 General networking TCP/IP

路 Group policies

路 General Windows server technologies

路 Virtualisation technology

路 MS OS deployment both server and client

路 ISA server and UAG

路 DPM and backup

路 …

More information?

http://chalktalk9122010.eventbrite.com/

See you all there

Cheers,

Mike

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From the forums: End-user Recovery when file server is down

November 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Just read a very interesting topic on the forums (link)

A user reported that when the file server is down, the users in his company were still able to get to their files (read-only) through the DPM server.

So basically, when the file server is down, end-users were still able to contact the last backup data through the DPM server through a share named 鈥減rotectedServerName_protectedServerShare".

He wondered if this was by design, or a bug.

The answer came quickly.  This is by design.  So if your file server is down, and the uses had access to the end-user recovery on the file server, then he or she will still be able to access the data through the DPM server.

Cheers,

Mike

SCDPM 2010 Management Pack has been released

October 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Good news for all the people who are using DPM 2010 and have a Operations Manager infrastructure鈥

The SCDPM 2010 Management Pack has been released.  You can download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=32077d99-618f-43d0-843d-4ba4f8019f84&displaylang=en

On that page, you can find two downloads: The documentation, and the actual Management Pack.

As always, before importing a Management Pack, read the documentation.

The documentation gives you a great overview of the capabilities of the management pack and is a must read if you are going to implement it.  A great addition is that they state which monitors you should enable / disable when you are working in a ticketing environment (meaning that you have a service desk / helpdesk system.)

Also worth reading is the blogpost(s) of Jonathan Almquist:

Data Protection Manager 2010 management pack just released 鈥 things you need to know

Data Protection Manager 2010 management pack (service and health models)

Both posts give you a lot of information about the management pack.

Certainly the first post should you read as it provides you with information about the 鈥渘ormal鈥, 鈥淪LA Based鈥 or 鈥淭icketing鈥 mode of the system.  According to Jonathan, it is the first management pack that he sees that is built this way so congratulations DPM team :-)

One minor point though, as also stated by Jonathan鈥 The SLA is 24 hours and hardcoded.  Let鈥檚 hope that this will be fixed soon enough.

Cheers,

Mike

System Center Day in Belgium

October 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

I am always proud to be a member of the SCUG Be team, but once a year, I am very proud to be a member of the team.  This is the time, were we succeed in delivering an entire system center day in Belgium, and we deliver it for free.

And this is not just another day of system center presentations, no, this is a day where we can present 3 product managers, 4 MVP鈥檚 and other system center specialists.

This is the day where everybody that wants to know or learn something about System Center should be.

As for all of the DPM fans鈥

The backup guy himself will be present.  Yep, Jason Buffington will be there to present a great session

Come over and get in touch with the product managers, MVP鈥檚, system center specialists and Microsoft people.

Interested? Find out more on http://systemcenterday.eventbrite.com/

See you then,

Cheers,

Mike

DPM SQL Management Studio: Evaluation has expired

September 18, 2010 at 6:22 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

On the forums, we got a notification from a user that he got the following error when trying to open the SQL Management Studio from DPM.

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I had asked him to check if it was a licensed version and so it was.  This intrigued me and I decided to check a few things.  On my test environment, I received the exact same notification although DPM and SQL were still running.  Because my test environment was an upgrade from beta to RC to eval, I figured that it had to do something with the upgrade, and the fact that the first instances of SQL were installed with evaluation versions.

So I decided to ask for the help of the MVP鈥檚 and very soon (actually from minute one :-)) I received answer from Kenneth Van Surksum, Artem Pronichkin and Denny Cherry with possible solutions.

Apparently, there are two versions of this problem.

1. Only the SQL Management Studio has expired.  This is the problem when you did the upgrade path from the Beta 1 because that was still with SQL 2008 evaluation without SP1, and this was fixed in SP1.  To fix it now, you can follow KB 971268 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971268/en-us)

 

2. The second issue is that SQL itself has also expired, which strangely leads that DPM continue to work, until the first time that you need to restart the SQL server or restart the server itself (everybody needs to patch right :-)) This is discussed in KB 2020443 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2020443)

So in the end, if you are facing or the Management Studio expiration, or after a restart the the SQL instance doesn鈥檛 start, then work with the solutions and it will be fixed

Thanks for the assistance guys

Cheers,

Mike