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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!



System Center Day Event: The Video’s

7:32 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

A couple weeks ago, the Belgian System Center User Group has organized another System Center Day.  And again, it was a fantastic event.  We had some great sessions, nice food and an incredible audience both onsite as on the LiveMeeting.  While we had some technical difficulties (Internet falling out in 2011… Come on Smile) the overall event was a success and was noted in the evaluation scores.  Thank you very much for all the people who filled this in and thank you to all the people who attended live and offline.  It was a very pleasant day, also for the organizers.


With that said, I’m very happy to say that the slides and video’s are online.

The Keynote

For the first time I had the opportunity of delivering the keynote.  This was a very pleasant experience and a big honor for me.  The keynote I delivered talked about the future of IT and how we can address it as IT people.  Besides Private Cloud, I also addressed consumerization and NWOW (the new world of work)

Inside the presentation was also a link to a youtube video which described the vision of Microsoft in a couple of years.  A must see video if you want to catch the most important message of IT in the next couple of years… It’s all about the APP (and how we are managing it Smile)

Slides can be found here:

Video can be found here:

YouTube Video from Microsoft:


The Future of Data Protection

The last session of the day, but of course, since we are talking about Data Protection certainly not the least important one Winking smile.

It is always great to talk about Data Protection and Recovery

Slides can be found here:

Video can be found here:

Enjoy, and don’t forget to download the following applications for creating your own private could Winking smile

Important downloads
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3
System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1
System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta
Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
Managing Windows Azure Applications



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:



Prepping for MMS 2011

12:12 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

As we are now beginning of February, the excitement for the next few months is starting to come.  In a few weeks we will have the MVP summit where I will meet many of my peers, fellow MVP’s and more interesting people and where I will attend great break-out sessions and events.

A few weeks later, I will go the MMS summit where I have the honor of presenting together with David Allen a session on System Center Data Protection Manager.

This is the information about our session:

Title:  BB36 System Center Data Protection Manager 2010: Help, the Datacenter is Down… Let’s Restore

Abstract: Monday morning, 8 o’ clock.  You arrive at your desk and find out that the datacenter is down.  There is no DC, Exchange, SharePoint or SQL anymore…

What to do?  Wait, I have DPM 2010, let’s restore everything and become, again, the hero of the day.

Join us in this session where we will demonstrate how easy and fast we can recover from a total disaster with the help of DPM.  In this theatric session, we will use Hyper-V, BMR and workload recovery to get the services back online.

Why you don’t want to miss this one…

This session will present you with a scenario of a total disaster.  David and myself will then play some different roles and show you what you can do with DPM to recover your entire infrastructure.  We will be using slides, video and live demo’s in this one.  If you are using hyper-v or one of the Microsoft workloads, if you want to see how you can protect these workloads, virtual machines and even physical machines.  And if you want to see how we can recover these machines and workloads you need to come over and watch.


Hope to see you all there


Configuring Cluster Networks for CSV redirected access

7:55 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Here’s a great article published by Microsoft:

System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Hyper-V protection: Configuring cluster networks for CSV redirected access

Those of you who have ever worked with DPM 2010 and the protection of hyper-v guests, located on a CSV know that this could be a pain in the …

We have seen many reports on dying clusters, non-performing servers and so on.

The first option is, and always is, make sure that you het the hardware VSS provider (

But sometimes it is just not possible (there is no VSS provider, or it is not compatible)

Second option would be to serialize the backup of the virtual machines. (Great article by Robert here:

And even further, the article published now gives a great overview on how and why you should have a dedicated network for redirected mode.





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



From the forums: DPM is unable to enumerate Virtual SSP Writer on computer [computer name]. (ID: 3005)

4:38 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

This is an interesting one that I found on the forums.  Normally, when you get this error message, this is the advice that I give:

1. Is the SPWriter service running on the WFE servers?

2. If they are running, use the following to register the writer: (

Or in short: stsadm -o registerwsswriter if you don’t want to go trough the article

3. Do a vssadmin list writers to see if there are errors with the vss writers

4. Run the configuresharepoint again with a farm administrator account

5. Try again


But in this case, and in a few other cases, it didn’t seemed to resolve the issue.  So the problem had to be somewhere else.  Since the issue couldn’t be helped with the assistance of the forum guys, a call was opened with Microsoft.

Unfortunately, the DPM guys couldn’t solve it either.  Therefore, the sharepoint guys had to assist, and in this joint venture, they found the solution:

Here is the quote of the administrator with the problem

Basically, the error was related to the inability to enumerate all resources defined in the farm’s configuration.  What the actual issue was turned out to be a missing database for one of the search services that was configured.

A similar internal MS bug was found that referenced issues with the Search services.  This led us to look at restarting our Search services on all of the servers in the farm.  Even though all of the search services were "running", one of them would not restart and asked to reprovide the credentials and database names, etc.  Before I submitted the restart, I verified on the SQL Server that the database that was referenced, did not exist !  You may ask, "How was SharePoint stating that the service was running if indeed it was not?"  I’m not sure, but after restarting the particular search service, the database was recreated and the VSS enumeration by DPM worked!

So a possible solution (one that worked for me) is to restart all of your search services and ensure that all ‘referenced’ databases actually exist.

So in the end, it was not a problem with DPM but with the Sharepoint config.  Since I found this interesting (a sharepoint farm that worked, but had issues after all :-)) I decided to search a bit more for this issue.  It seems that it happens quite a lot after an inplace upgrade of sharepoint.

So if you ever get this error, the first 5 steps don’t work for you, then make sure that you check out if the databases exist

Forum Source:



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