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Bare Metal Recovery: How to add all volumes

6:55 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

On the DPM newsgroup (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-us/dataprotectionmanager) there was a very interesting thread the last few days.  One of the users asked if it was possible to include all volumes into a Bare Metal Recovery

As you might know, Bare Metal Recovery only protects the critical volumes (boot + system + volumes hosting files of server roles), so if you have a volume with applications or user data or whatever, you need to protect it also.  Now that is not a problem because you can choose BMR and also the additional volumes

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Now the user said that this was not OK, because in a disaster, he wanted to recover as quickly as possible.

Luckily, Praveen D [MSFT] found out a good solution, one which I think can be very helpful in some cases, so here goes…

DPM uses windows backup to do the job.  So in your DPM\bin folder, you will find a file called BmrBackup.cmd.  Inside this cmd you will find the command that drives windows backup.

With BMR, you will see something like:

start  /WAIT %SystemRoot%\system32\wbadmin.exe start backup -allcritical -quiet -backuptarget:%1

If you add the option –include:VolumeLetter:,VolumeLetter: then you add your volumes in the BMR.  Don’t forget to increase the volumes for your replica and recovery point volumes.

Thanks Praveen

Cheers,

Mike Resseler

Backup VMWare virtual machines

6:02 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

A question that is asked a lot, so I thought I write about it.  Can VMWare virtual machines be protected by DPM 2010 (and also with DPM 2007 by the way :-))?  The answer is YES. How cool is that?

Here is a how-to:

To achieve this, we need VDR backup.  In the current version (1.0.2) the backup repository must be in an ‘inactive’ state when it is copied to tape.  When is it in an active state? When the following conditions are met:

  • Performing a backup

  • Performing a restore

  • During housing keeping tasks such as integrity checks or pruning of old backup restore points

Because of that, we need to make sure that the VDR is in an inactive state before copying the data to tape, or with other words, shut down the VDR application.

This guide also assumes that you have already configured your VDR appliance and that the backups are scheduled and running.

Before I get to that, I’ll first explain what the prerequisites are on the DPM protected server!  What does this mean?  It has to be done on the server that holds the backup disk for the virtual machines.

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So far the prerequisites.  Now it is time to create all the scripts to do the job.

Number on:

Create a bat file called ShutdownVDR.bat (as example, the name is free to chose)

In this example, all scripts will be placed under c:\dpmscripts

Type the folliowing in the bat file (note! This must be on 1 line…)

%systemdirectory%\windowspowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe -PSConsoleFile “%programfiles%\VMware\Infrastructure\VSphere PowerCLI\vim.psc1” -Command <scriptname>

Or, in my example:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\windowspowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe -PSConsoleFile “C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VSphere PowerCLI\vim.psc1” -Command C:\DPMScripts\ShutdownVDR.ps1

The thorough reader has already seen that there is a .ps1 script that needs to be created… Here it is:

Connect-VIServer -Server <vCenterIPAddress> -Protocol https -User <adminUsername> -Password <password> shutdown-vmguest <VDRApplianceName> -Confirm:$False Disconnect-VIServer -Confirm:$False

or again according to my example

Connect-VIServer -Server 192.168.1.15 -Protocol https -User svc_user -Password VerYDiffICultPasswd shutdown-vmguest MP-VDR01 -Confirm:$False Disconnect-VIServer -Confirm:$False

Enough? No, we now have our shutdown of VDR in place, now it is time to create the startup.

StartupVDR.bat

%systemdirectory%\windowspowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe -PSConsoleFile “%programfiles%\VMware\Infrastructure\VSphere PowerCLI\vim.psc1” -Command <scriptname>

StartupVDR.ps1

Connect-VIServer -Server <vCenterIPAddress> -Protocol https -User <adminUsername> -Password <password> Start-VM <VDRApplianceName> Disconnect-VIServer -Confirm:$False

Configure the protected server

Now you need to configure the protected server so that it will execute pre and post scripts when it needs to perform a backup.

You do this by editing the Scriptingconfig.xml file on that protected server.  This can be found under the agent installation directory (%programfiles%\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\Scripting\)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<ScriptConfiguration xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/2003/dls/ScriptingConfig.xsd">

<DatasourceScriptConfig DataSourceName="<DataSource>">

<PreBackupScript><path>\<Script></PreBackupScript>

<PostBackupScript><path>\<Script></PostBackupScript>

<TimeOut>15 </DatasourceScriptConfig>

</ScriptConfiguration>

Change the path\script to the correct values.  In my case it is c:\dpmscripts\shutdownVDR.bat for prebackup and c:\dpmscripts\startupVDR.bat for postbackup

Now just create a protection group that protects the specific drive and off you go…

With a lot of thanks to my colleague Arne Peleman.

Enjoy

Cheers,

Mike

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007: TCP Chimney and Bandwidth throttling

3:22 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

I’ve seen a number of cases where the backup of hyper-v guests is failing and also where the backup is extremely slow.  Almost every time, some small adjustments need to be made to fix them, but if you are not the network administrator or hardware administrator, this can cause a lot of discussions.

Suppose you have a DPM server with all the latest patches till date, a hyper-v host and some virtual machines.  You are of course also backing up other stuff from other servers.  You notice that your hyper-v guests are failing (the consistency check is running but never ends, file backups take a lot of time and so on…)

For the hyper-v guests backup, make sure that you check the TCP Chimney Offloading in windows.  When this is enabled on the host drive, it doesn’t always work.  I don’t know why but when I disabled it (both on the DPM server and on the hyper-v host) the backup ran without any problems.

The command to do that is netsh int tcp set global chimney=disabled

Now that the backups are running, the speed isn’t still optimal.  I read somewhere (but I can’t remember where and can’t find it back) that you sometimes need to enable bandwidth throttling.  I did that, gave it a huge number (it was off after all…) and after that we saw a huge increase in backup speed.

One doesn’t always have to do with the other but when you are experiencing failed backups or slow backups, it is certainly worth the try by disabling the TCP Chimney Offloading and enable the bandwidth throttling.  It might save your day :-)

Cheers,

Mike

PS: If you want more information on TCP Chimney, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951037

Installation of DPM 2007 Sp1 went fine but did require a consistency check

10:05 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

This post is written by Ilse Van Criekinge from Pro-Exchange.be

Being anxious to get my hands on Service Pack 1 for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007, I was very happy to see it is available for download now @ Microsoft. After reading the installation guidelines, I went ahead and updated my test environment.
Since I have one DPM server, and I’m running running the SQL DPMDB instance on the Data Protection Manager 2007 server itself, I only needed to download and run the DataProtectionManager2007-KB959605.exe on the DPM server.

After double-clicking the exe file, the installation of Visual C++ Redistributable is launched.

 

 

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After finishing the installation of this Visual C++ redistributable, the setup of service pack 1 really kicks off:

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Setup does warn you that any jobs in progress or the ones that will start during the installation process will fail. The installation procedure will also backup the DPM database. The warning that the process may take several hours can be ignored by me since I’m only using this DPM server to backup my Exchange environment.
I accept the License agreement:

 

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And start the installation:

 

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To finish the update process I will need to restart the DPM server, as stated clearly when the installation of Service Pack is done:

 

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After rebooting the DPM Server, it is clear that I don’t have any other choice than to update the agents on my protected Exchange servers as well.

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DPM warns you that updating the agent may cause the need to schedule a consistency check after the upgrade:

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And DPM shows that the agent status is now ok:

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But a look at the protection group soon reveals that a consistency check is needed:

 

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Which I manually initiated immediately:

 

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And after a few minutes of waiting, everything worked out fine:

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So, installation went fine (even though rebooting both the DPM server and the protected Exchange server was required), and I had to perform a consistency check after updating the agents, but everything looks good now :-) Time to test the protecting of a SCR target now, but that’s for a next post 😉
Please note, we have been forced to disable the ability to post comments, due to comment spammers. If you have a comment about this post or any other, don’t hesitate to send me a mail @ ilse.vancriekinge[@]pro-exchange.be
– Ilse

 

This post is written by Ilse Van Criekinge from Pro-Exchange.be

IPD Guides: Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1

9:37 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides-Release Announcement: Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released a new guide, Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1.
Looking to protect your organization’s data but not quite sure how to do this? This guide leads the reader through the process of planning a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 SP1 infrastructure. Work through the infrastructure design process in a logical, sequential order. This guide enables the reader to quickly identify what types of data will be protected, what the recovery goals are, and the protection strategy to achieve those goals. Other benefits of using this guide include best practice design guidance from the product group and an optimized infrastructure to best meet the business requirements.

Download the guide

 

Grtz,

Alexandre Verkinderen

http://scug.be/blogs

Prerequisites and Known Issues with Hyper-V Protection

9:17 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

SP1 for dataprotection 2007 is now available, but if there are some prerequisites and known issues with Hyper-V protection:

 

Prerequisites:

Before protecting Hyper-V virtual machines with DPM, ensure that the following updates are installed on the target Hyper-V server:

  • The customer should be running Hyper-V RTM. The corresponding Windows update is KB950050 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=132735). HyperV Manager version should be 6.0.6001.18016.
  • Install the following updates:
    • KB951308 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=132733) on each cluster node for cluster deployment.
      Increased functionality and virtual machine control in the Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster Management console for the Hyper-V role.
    • KB959962 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=136583) on the Hyper-V host and the guest virtual machines. This update for Hyper-V writer is required for backing up Hyper-V VMs with DPM.
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      KB959962 is scheduled to release in January 2009, it enables online protection of Hyper-V guest machines. Until the update is available, virtual machines can be protected by configuring them for offline backup within each machines’ Integration Components service settings. Open the Settings window for the virtual machine and select Integration Services in the left pane. Clear the check box for Backup (volume snapshot) service and click OK. If you have set the DWORD AllowOffline registry key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\Agent make sure the value is not zero (0).

       

       

    • KB960038 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=136584) on all Hyper-V hosts. This update for Windows Server 2008 fixes a crash of the Hyper-V host server which you may experience when backups are made using Hyper-V writer.
  • The version of Integration Components running inside the VM should be the same as the version of Hyper-V on the host. For Hyper-V RTM it is 6.0.6001.18016.
    You can confirm this in the Device Manager inside the guest VM. Under System Devices in Device Manager, right-click on the entry Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy and choose Properties. Check the version under the Driver tab. If the version does not match, insert the integration services disk by choosing the option under the Action menu in the VM console. Install the integration components and reboot the VM.

Known Issues:

Issue

Symptoms

Cause

Workaround

Solution

Recommendation

Hyper-V server stops working when DPM runs backups on the server.

You may experience a Stop 0x7E when you backup a server that has the Hyper-V role installed.

This is a problem in the volsnap.sys driver when interacting with the Hyper-V VSS writer.

N/A

Download and install KB960038 on the Hyper-V host to solve this problem.

We recommend that you deploy this in the next available downtime window on the Hyper-V host.

Backup of Hyper-V virtual machine fails

Hyper-V virtual machine backups (backups using child partition) fail with following error for multiple volume virtual machines: DPM encountered a retryable VSS error. (ID 30112 Details: Unknown error (0x800423f3) (0x800423F3)).
On the Hyper-V host in the event log: VMMS Event log contains following entry:
Failed to revert to VSS snapshot on one or more virtual hard disks of the virtual machine ‘%1′. (Virtual machine ID %2).

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Perform an offline backup of the virtual machine.

Download and install KB959962 on the Hyper-V host to solve this problem.

We recommend that you install this update on all Hyper-V hosts protected by DPM.

Recovery of Hyper-V virtual machine fails

The Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management service stops when you are restoring a virtual machine.

This issue can occur if the virtual machine is configured to use a legacy network adapter.

Restart the Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management service.

Download and install KB959962 on the Hyper-V host to solve this problem. Then recover the data to an alternate location.

We recommend that you deploy this update on all Hyper-V hosts protected by DPM.

Backup of the Hyper-V virtual machine fails

Hyper-V VSS writer is in a bad state and does not identify itself to VSS anymore. The VSS application writer or the VSS provider is in a bad state. Either it was already in a bad state or it entered a bad state during the current operation (ID 30111 Details: Unknown error (0x80042319) (0x80042319)). Please check that the Event Service and the VSS service are running, and check for errors associated with these services in the Application Event Log on the server hyper01.contoso.com. Please allow 10 minutes for VSS to repair itself and then retry the operation.

This is a problem in the Hyper-V writer in Windows Server 2008.

To get the writer back to a stable state, restart the Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management service. Perform offline backups of the virtual machines to prevent the writer from going into a bad state.

Download and install KB959962 on the Hyper-V host to solve this problem.

We recommend that you deploy this update on all Hyper-V hosts protected by DPM.

 

Grtz,

Alexandre Verkinderen

http://scug.be/blogs

Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007 now available

9:13 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

What’s new in SP1 for DataProtection Manager 2007:

 

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 provides continuous data protection for Windows application and file servers using seamlessly integrated disk and tape media and includes the following expanded capabilities:

  • Protection of Hyper-V™ virtualization platforms, including both Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and the Microsoft Hyper-V Server, has been added to the existing set of protected workloads, building on the virtualization protection originally delivered for Virtual Server 2005.

  • Enhanced SQL Server 2008 protection, including the addition of new protection capabilities for mirrored databases, support for parallel backups of databases within a single instance, and the ability to move data from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008 for migration scenarios.

  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 receive index protection, significant catalog optimization, and support for mirrored content databases.

  • Added protection for Exchange Server 2007 Standby Cluster Replication (SCR), enabling a complete disaster recovery solution that leverages SCR failover alongside DPM point-in-time restores.

In addition to enhancing the protection of each of the core Microsoft application workloads, additional capabilities have also been introduced with the release of DPM 2007 SP1, such as:

  • Local Data Source Protection enabling the DPM 2007 SP1 server to act as a branch office server offering self-protecting File Services and Virtualization hosting within one platform.

  • Cross-Forest Protection allowing large enterprise customers with multiple Active Directory® forests to now have even more flexibility in their DPM deployments.

  • Provision for a Client DPML answers customer demand for a more cost-effective way to protect Windows XP and Windows Vista clients using the same DPM 2007 infrastructure that protects their servers.

  • Disaster Recovery capabilities within DPM 2007 SP1 now include the ability to leverage a third-party vaulting partner via the cloud (SaaS).

DPM 2007 SP1 x86    
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=125991

DPM 2007 SP1 x64   
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=125992

Management pack for DPM 2007:

feature Bullet Summary:

  • Centrally monitor the health and state of data protection for multiple DPM servers and protected computers.
  • In State Views, view consolidated state for protection activities in DPM at a glance. For DPM servers, view the state of database and service health, performance, and other indicators. For protected computers, view the state of connectivity, data protection and recovery operations.
  • Monitor resource usage and performance trends on DPM servers.
  • Monitor actionable DPM alerts relating to protection and recovery.
  • Through MOM alerts, monitor the status of memory, CPU, and disk resources on DPM servers, and find out about database and service failures.
  • Read Product Knowledge to get comprehensive practical information for diagnosing and resolving alerts.
  • Use tasks to diagnose and resolve problems on remote DPM servers.

 

Download MP here

 

Grtz,

Alexandr Verkinderen

http://scug.be/blogs

Protecting Exchange Data with Data Protection Manager

5:09 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

The Belgium ProExchange user group did a session on DPM.

 

Description:

In this session you will be given an overview of Data Protection Manager 2007 and how you can use it to protect your Exchange Server environment. You will be given step by step instructions on how to configure DPM and Exchange to be able to backup and restore an entire server, one mailbox or one particular item.

 

Speaker:

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Global Knowledge

My name is Ilse Van Criekinge, born (Sep.1973) and raised in a very small town called Waarloos, Belgium. I graduated with an Economics degree at the Antwerp Business School in 1996. Nowadays I’m a trainer and consultant at Global Knowledge Belgium bvba and founding member of Pro-Exchange.be. Got the opportunity to dig into Exchange, MOM, Sharepoint and all that. If you ever need a training, one place to go to: www.globalknowledge.be. Next to training, I’m always in the mood to help you design, install, and/or troubleshoot your Exchange environment, so if you ever need an exchange hand, you know where to find me (ilse.vancriekinge@globalknowledge.be, or ilse.vancriekinge@pro-exchange.be).

 

 

Video:

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Grtz,

Alexandre Verkinderen

Session recording A Technical Overview of System Center Data Protection Manager

10:38 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Session recording of the DPM event of Octover 14th, 2008

 

Subject: “In this session, we will provide an overview of DPM
2007, and deep dive of how DPM protects Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft
Exchange, Office SharePoint Server, and Microsoft Hyper-V/Virtual
Server-using both near continuous protection to disk and long term
archival to tape.”

 

Guest Speaker: Anand Karandeep (Senior Program Manager , Data Protection Manager) 

 

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Data Backup & Recovery for Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Files & Hyper-V – A Technical Overview of System Center Data Protection Manager

8:37 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

We’re organizing our second event and will have Karandeep Anand as a speaker. Karandeep is a Senior Program Manager on the System Center Data Protection Manager team and is very knowledgeable about this product.

We took the opportunity to host a session at the Microsoft offices on Tuesday Oct 14th from 18:00 until 20:00.

 

Come join us for a deep dive on System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007. In this session, we will provide an overview of DPM 2007, and deep dive of how DPM protects Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Office SharePoint Server, and Microsoft Hyper-V/Virtual Server-using both near continuous protection to disk and long term archival to tape.

 

After the session you will have the opportunity to ask questions about DPM.

 

DPM was one of topics covered during this week’s Virtualization road show and this is an excellent opportunity to follow up on the Backup capability for our Hyper-V offering.

More info can be found : http://scug.be/content/Events.aspx