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We need your help!… on SCDPM tape features

7:08 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Although we don’t know the release date yet, we are getting closer to the Release of System Center Data Protection Manager 2012.  And this time, we need your help.  The (former) SCDPM MVP’s are looking for your help.  We need YOU to give us information / requests / whatever… on what the SCDPM product team can do to improve the tape management in SCDPM.  Yes, you read that correctly.  We are going to gather all your feedback and get it to the product team.

You can find more information on and you can always get the info through this blog.  I will make sure that we get it to the right people.

Thanks for helping!



Book Review: Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010

6:58 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler



Steve Buchanon’s book Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010, published by Packt Publishing is a dedicated book about Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010. Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager is a Protection and Recovery solution for Microsoft environments.

The Review

There is not much guidance about Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM) out there. You have the TechNet documentation and some good guidance on the blogs of the Data Protection Manager MVP’s and System Center user groups but that’s about it.

Steve starts his book with an overview of Data Protection Manager and continuous throughout the book as he is implementing Data Protection Manager in a business environment. Chapter 2 is a very valuable chapter for the implementer as he poses the right questions that everybody should ask before implementing a backup solution.

The author continues the project by providing full installation guidance and upgrade guidance also when you are running the older version of DPM. He then goes further in doing the Configuration of the product and finally starts protecting different data sources. What I particularly like about this is that he thinks out of the box and provides a great example on how to protect a Microsoft service that is not included in the “out of the box” protection possibilities. With that knowledge and thinking, every administrator should be able to protect any Microsoft service.

Of course he spends quite some time on the Recovery process, a process that is forgotten a lot by many administrators and guides you through this process. Important here is that he clearly indicates that this is also a process you have to plan carefully.

More information is also found on cloud backup, 3rd party integration, PowerShell documentation (a must read) and troubleshooting the product.

This book is a very valuable add-on to the available documentation and a must have for everybody who wants to investigate the possibilities of Data Protection Manager and for those who need to implement and work with it on a daily basis. This book will provide you with additional ideas, possibilities and information that is needed when you work with DPM as your backup product of choice. What is also interesting is that he likes to use links to additional information from the field instead of using the Microsoft links. This however could be also dangerous for dead links.

If you want to give me a downside of this book, is that the author remains nicely within the borders of DPM which is enough for most of the companies out there. If you however need advanced guidance for specific backup implementations, then you are still on your own. Hopefully the author thinks about this for a follow-up of this book.





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:




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:

Congratulations Robert, you have earned the reward!




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 :-)




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

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




DPM SQL Management Studio: Evaluation has expired

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.


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’s 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 (


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 (

So in the end, if you are facing or the Management Studio expiration, or after a restart the the SQL instance doesn’t start, then work with the solutions and it will be fixed

Thanks for the assistance guys



DPM 2010 Storage Calculator links

1:38 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Almost missed this one, but the new storage calculator sheets for DPM 2010 are available for download:







I see many requests for a SQL storage sheet, but you can actually use the sharepoint sheet to calculate SQL storage.  Just not fill in the other data 😉



Remote install of DPM 2010 agents

8:57 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

It is a fact… From time to time, DPM won’t install the agent through the GUI.  And yes, most of the time, then you need to install it manually.  In the larger environments, we use different methods for our DPM agent deployments, but in the smaller ones, the infrastructure for doing that just isn’t there. 

Hans De Leenheer, which is a colleague of mine does quite some DPM implementations with smaller companies as part of a larger projects.  As he likes the words “a good admin is a lazy admin” (which is something I share with him :-)) he decided to create a small procedure to install the agents on servers remotely.  Now he doesn’t need to RDP to each server.

The procedure can be found here:

Thanks Hans,



Interesting news…

1:50 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Just had my first week of vacation for this summer (I actually went cooking with a scouts group together with my wife and kids so it was also a bit working ;-)) and when I came back, my inbox, tweets and other stuff had some real interesting information.  An overview:

System Center Data Protection Manager

Six! new posts on the Data Protection Manager technet blog:

Jason has also posted an update about his book, Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers.

You can find more information and the first chapter on and the post on

David Allen from SCDPMOnline has posted a great article about Centralised DPM Availability Reporting.  Check it out here

System Center Essentials

The Essentials 2010 resource kit is launched.  Find more information here and here

Dell has announced a partnership with Microsoft to deliver a solution around SCE 2010.  Information can be found here and here

That’s it for now, still a lot of catching up to do for OpsMgr, Virtual Machine Manager and ConfigMgr, but at least I already read the SCE and DPM information :-)

Enjoy the holidays