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Microsoft’s internal use of SCDPM 2010

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:

Managing Data Back Up at Microsoft with Data Protection Manager 2010:



SCDPM 2010 Management Pack has been released

4:48 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

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

The SCDPM 2010 Management Pack has been released.  You can download it here:

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 – 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 “normal”, “SLA Based” or “Ticketing” 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… The SLA is 24 hours and hardcoded.  Let’s hope that this will be fixed soon enough.



DPM 2010 Documentation

9:28 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

A little bit unnoticed, but found it today, is the fact that there are 4 new documents for System Center Data Protection Manager 2010.

The documents can be found here:

Planning a DPM 2010 Deployment

Deploying System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

Data Protection Manager 2010 Operations Guide

Data Protection Manager 2010 Troubleshooting Guide