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New DPM2010 book available!

7:00 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

For all the DPM 2010 administrators / fans…

There is a new book out there:


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


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



DPM 2010 Setup Pre-Requisite Checker Tool download

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:

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 :-)




SCDPM: Great resources from Microsoft and the community

12:20 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Many of my colleagues, friends online are asking me a lot about SCDPM, and certainly when they have problems.  Because SCDPM has not (yet) the popularity of  Operations Manager or Configuration Manager, it is more difficult to find good community resources or assistance.  So I decided to list some of (in my opinion) important sites.

First, you have the Microsoft resources

The official site:

The official blog site:

Jason’s blog: (product manager of SCE and DPM and a true DPM hero)


DPM 2010 Techcenter:

DPM 2007 Techcenter:

There are some other Microsoft employees that I like to follow also: This guy blogs about SCDPM and Exchange


Now let’s talk about the non Microsoft resources.

Of course you have the Belgium System Center User Group community 😉


System Center Central:

Matthijs Vreeken: (Nice!)

David Allen: (Great!)


Now for the support, I would like to draw attention to the site of David Allen (MVP).  Not only is he by far the biggest DPM Expert that I know, he also has a forum on his site where he responds on various questions.  So if you have a DPM question or problem, make sure you check out his great forum because his response rate is extremely fast.  Spread the word!