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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



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




Chalk-Talk 9 December 2010

2:16 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

I will be at the Chalk Talk of 9 December 2010.  This event will host several industry experts from Belgium and will give YOU the opportunity to ask your questions.

If you have any questions about one of the below topics, don’t hesitate to send them or join us live and ask them there.

The topics are:

· Exchange Server

· Active Directory & Identity

· Security

· General networking TCP/IP

· Group policies

· General Windows server technologies

· Virtualisation technology

· MS OS deployment both server and client

· ISA server and UAG

· DPM and backup

· …

More information?

See you all there




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



DPM 2010 Upgrade from RC to Evaluation Version

6:57 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Now that MMS 2010 is a week behind us, and most of the information is shared (still have some work on that so stay tuned…) it is time to get some real work done.  Just downloaded the evaluation version of DPM 2010 and I’m going to upgrade my RC system.  So let’s see what the DPM Upgrade advisor ( has to say:

So here is my situation



In total I have to do 6 steps.  Doesn’t seem to be bad, let’s have a look

1. Close DPM administrator console and DPM management shell if opened.

Done, this was easy :-)

2. Launch DPM 2010 RTM Eval setup and proceed by clicking on Install DPM


I opened the Review System Requirements and found the first bug… It still goes to the DPM 2007 documentation :-)

That of course triggered my interest to look further but that seemed to be the only link that still contains old data.

Click Install Data Protection Manager


Accept the license



As always, the reminder that during the upgrade, protection groups won’t be able to run their jobs and so on…


My prerequisites are OK


I’m using the dedicated drive so I go Next


Give a strong password for the local user accounts


This happens when you don’t make it strong enough :-)


Select if you want to use Microsoft Update or not (which has never worked with DPM but one can only hope…)


Choose if you want to work with the customer experience improvement program (of course you do :-))


And of we go…


And the upgrade is done.  The warning tab shows me that I need to upgrade my agents as soon as possible so that will be our next step.

3. Complete the installation wizard and restart the computer to complete the upgrade (if prompted).

Done, and no reboot necessary.

4. Upgrade agents on production servers
(and don’t forget the agents on the clients!)


Hey, new logo!

So after the console opens, we go to management and agents


Yep, my agents need upgrading so here we go


Press Yes to continue.  The warning states that during the upgrade all jobs will fail



And done, the new version number is 3.0.7696.0


For your info, if you are running the DPM clients for workstation, then you will get the following information:


Whenever you are having a workstation that is disconnected, you will get the following information



5. Run consistency check for all the protected Datasources

Last job is run a consistency check on all protected Datasources

6. Uninstall DPM 2010 RC SQL instance (Optional) if there are no issues after upgrade.However, if you’re looking for downgrade then DPM 2010 RC DPMDB is required.

And finally uninstall the DPM 2010 RC SQL instance.  Since I’m going to use this instance for some testing, I’m going to leave it, but in a production environment, it is best to remove this one.




SCUG invites you to “What’s new in DPM 2010” (Mar 03, 2010)

9:08 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

What’s new in DPM 2010

Microsoft released the public beta for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010. Attend this webcast to learn about Data Protection Manager 2010 and the product features that are causing excitement in the IT community! We will walk you through most of the new features in DPM 2010 and the enhancements that were made to the Data Protection Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) solution, which is protecting Windows-based application servers and file servers today.

Speaker: Mike Resseler

I’m an Implementation Consultant working for Ferranti Computer Systems NV.  I am happily married and have two lovely daughters.  I like all the system center products because I believe they can be an added value for managing an infrastructure.

My Blog

Agenda Wednesday, March 3, 2010

  • 18:00 Registration and lunch
  • 18:45 Welcome
  • 19:00 What’s new in DPM 2010
  • 21:00 Q&A and drink


More info can be found on

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007: Knowledgebase article for the new hotfix package is now available

4:17 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler;EN-US;976542



System Center Data Protection Manager V3: Worth to look at?

6:44 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Just been a week in vacation with the wife and kids and had a great time swimming, walking and playing in the playgrounds with the children.  Now that the DPM V3 Public Beta is announced and there, I thought it was time again to look at the promised features for V3 and to check if the product is worth our attention.  (Hey, a silent evening in a cottage, with the kids and wife sleeping, a good glass wine in my hand and some good music on… ;-))

So here’s what’s new, based on what was already in V2

For Exchange:  Of course they will support E14 in addition to Ex2007 and Ex2003.  There will also be improved Restore Granularity.  What exactly is not known yet but the DPM team worked together with the Exchange team to see what is possible and supported.

For SQL: You will be able to protect an entire SQL instance, making that DPM will auto discover new DB’s within that instance.  DPM v3 will also be able to protect 1000 DB’s per DPM server which is a huge improvement over the 300 DB’s that v2 could.  There will also be Role-Based Access for a SQL admin to do his or hers work with the DPM console.

For Sharepoint: Support for Office 14, Sharepoint server 2007 and 2003.  There will be no recovery farm requirement for Office 14 and auto-detection of new content databases within the farm.

For Hyper-V: Item-level restore from VHD backup, support for Hyper-V2 deployments using Live Migration (CSV) and Dynamic VM guest migration support (Meaning you should be able to restore to alternate Hyper-V hosts)

What’s completely new?

For AD: Active Directory will now appear as a data source and not be part anymore of the system state.  This will allow IT administrators to centrally manage backups from DPM (although performed locally) and local admin restore from windows server backup.  It will also allow to do a DPM restoration of a whole domain controller.

For Bare Metal Recovery: Windows Server 2003 will continue with SRT but windows server 2008 will use Windows Server Backup for image-based restore, again centrally managed from DPM but locally executed.

For New Datasources: Protection of windows guests on VMWare hosts will be supported and Microsoft Dynamics AX will be a new datasource.  SAP running on SQL server will also be a new datasource

For Laptops: Backup over VPN will be possible where Windows seven is of course the new OS that will be included.  Per DPM server you will be able to scale up to 1000 clients.  Only Unique user data will be protected so that not the entire OS is repeatedly on your expensive storage ;-).  DPM will also integrate with local shadow copies for Vista and Windows 7 which will be centrally configured from the DPM Admin User Interface BUT the end user will be able to restore from local copies offline and online as well as from DPM copies online. 

Server Side:

DPM V3 promises to  be Enterprise Ready where the scalability is increased and each DPM server will now have the possibility of having 80 TB of storage.

New Management Pack updates will be ready for SCOM and SQL admins will have Role-based management at their hands.

The one thing I am really looking forward to is the fact that MS promises to give us automatic rerunning of jobs and improved self-healing.  Also the automatic protection of new SQL databases or MOSS content databases seems very promising.  They also promised less “Inconsistent Replicas” errors and they will reduce the Alert Volume.

The DPM to DPM replication will also be improved and (more important I think) there will be a One-click DPM DP failover and failback scenario available.  Also improved scheduling will be there.

For the SAN restore, there will be continued support using scripts and whitepapers that are delivered through the vendors but there’s no change with the previous version.

And last but not least, the DPM server should be 64-bit and W2k08 or better.

Conclusion:  This seems like a lot of improvements and definitely worth to check it out

Next post: Installation of DPM v3 Beta



DPM 2010 Beta is available now

3:04 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

DPM 2010 beta is now available for download.  Read the blog post from the dpm team


Notice that DPM 2010 is only supported on Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 and SQL 2008.

Download the DPM 2010 beta here 


Have Fun,

Alexandre Verkinderen

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007: Installation Part I: Prerequisites

9:02 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

In the next 3 posts, an installation guide for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007.  Let’s start with explaining the environment I’ve used and the prerequisites.

First, let’s look at the prerequisites as they are provided by Microsoft. (

First, the security requirements

1) Security Requirements

To install DPM you must be a local admin and logon to the computer where you want to install DPM.  OK, this can be arranged :-)

After the installation of DPM, you need to have a domain user with administrator access to use the DPM Administrator Console.  Basically, this means that when you need to be able to use the administrator console, you need to be a local administrator on the DPM server.

2) Network Requirements

According to Microsoft, you need to have a windows server 2003 or windows server 2008 active directory domain.  My testenvironment is a native windows server 2008 domain so no problems there.  You also need to have persistent connectivity with the servers and desktop computers it protects and if you are protecting data across a WAN, then you need to have a minimum network bandwidth of 512kbps.  So far so good

3) Hardware Requirements

Disks:  You should have a disk that contains the storage pool and one that is dedicated to system files, DPM installation files, prerequisite software and database files.  Basically, this means that you need an OS and program files just as any other server (you can divide it into multiple volumes) but the storage dedicated for the backups can’t be the same as above.  When DPM takes the storage, it allocates it and it is not usable for something else.

CPU: Minimum 1Ghz, Recommended 2.33 Ghz

Memory: Minimum 2 GB RAM, Recommended 4 GB Ram

Pagefile: 0.2 percent the size of all recovery point volumes combined, in addition to the recommended size (1.5 times the Memory)

Disk Space:

– Minimum: Program Files: 410 MB, Database: 900 MB, System Drive: 2650 MB

– Recommended: 2 till 3 GB of free space on the program files volume

Disk Space for storage pool: 1,5 Times the size of the protected data, recommended = 2 – 3 times the size of the protected data

LUNS: Maximum of 17 TB for GPT dynamic disks, 2 TB for MBR disks

32-bit servers: 150 data sources

64-bit servers: 300 data sources

Since this will be a test environment, there is no way I’m going to follow the complete requirements for DPM. :-)

4) Operating System Prerequisites

32-bit or 64-bit servers.  No ia64 bit is supported

The DPM server cannot be a management server for SCOM

The DPM server cannot be an application server or an DC server.

There is a VSS limitation on 32-bit servers.  It can’t outgrow 10 TB of protected data.  Preferred is 4 TB on a 32-bit server.

OS: Windows Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise Edition or Windows Server 2003 (R2) SP2 or later or Windows server 2003 Advanced server or Windows Server 2003 Storage server.

The management shell can also be run on windows XP SP2, Vista and Windows Server 2003 SP2 or later.


My Environment

I will run the server on a Hyper-V platform (Not yet R2) and I’ve created a virtual machine with the following specifications

CPU: 2 * 3.60 GHz Xeon

Memory: 2048 MB

Storage: C:\ 40 GB  (OS and application) D:\ 60 GB (Play storage for backup)

OS: Windows Server 2008 x64 SP2, Fully patched

Software Prerequisites

Before I started with the installation, I’ve installed following things first:

– IIS 7 with the following options on:

  • Common HTTP Features
    • Static Content
    • Default Document
    • Directory Browsing
    • HTTP Errors
    • HTTP Redirection
  • Application Development
    • ASP.NET
    • .NET Extensibility
    • ISAPI Extensions
    • ISAPI Filters
    • Server Side Includes
  • Health and Diagnostics
    • HTTP Logging
    • Request Monitor
  • Security
    • Windows Authentication
    • Request Filtering
  • Performance
    • Static Content Compression
  • Management Tools
    • IIS Management Console (not really a prerequisite but handy ;-))
    • IIS 6 Management Compatibility
      • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
      • IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
      • IIS 6 Scripting Tools
      • IIS 6 Management Console


– SIS (Single Instance Store)

To enable this, open a command prompt with administrator privileges and run the following command:

start /wait ocsetup.exe SIS-Limited /Quiet /norestart


After this is finished, restart the server.  To check if the SIS is enabled, open regedit and check the existence of the following key:



That’s it

In the next part, the installation of SCDPM 2007

Till then,