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Hotfix: Dynamic Disk Hotfix

2:40 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Microsoft released a hotfix for potential problems with Windows Server 2008 systems.

Could be an important one if you are experiencing issues with dynamic disks, which is what DPM uses.

Hotfix: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/962975

Information: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/archive/2010/02/18/dynamic-disk-hotfix.aspx

Cheers,

Mike

DPM2007 system state backup error : ID 30214 Details: Internal error code: 0x809909FB

1:00 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

DPM 2007 message:

DPM failed to create the system state backup. If you are trying to create the system state of a Windows 2008 Server operating system, verify that the Windows Server Backup (WSB) is installed, and that there is enough free disk space on the protected server to store the system state. (ID 30214 Details: Internal error code: 0x809909FB)

when going to the server that needs to backed up we have the following messages in the application eventlog:

Log Name:      Application
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Backup
Date:          30/10/2009 9:34:37
Event ID:      517
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:     
User:          SYSTEM
Computer:      secretcomputer
Description:
Backup started at '30/10/2009 8:34:31' failed with following error code '2155348226' (System writer is not found in the backup.). Please rerun backup once issue is resolved.

systemwriter not found? huh ?

lets do a vssadmin list writers then and indeed there is no system writer.

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after sending the above message through some searchengines i came across this post : http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/windowsbackup/thread/0899eec1-9bcc-41f8-8df0-064de143b38e

which points to permission issues:

i ran the script in the post and my system writer returned.

Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\* /a

icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(RX)"

icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "NT Service\trustedinstaller:(F)"

icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant BUILTIN\Users:(RX)

C:\Windows\system32>vssadmin list writers
vssadmin 1.1 – Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Writer name: 'System Writer'
   Writer Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}
   Writer Instance Id: {d0a010fd-a697-4cd0-9ee0-0807830bc73b}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

the problem returns on reboot apparently… so be aware…

//Bart

System Center Data Protection manager 2007 – SP1 features.

8:53 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Back in june i posted this blogpost on what to expect from DPM2007 SP1.
Some weeks ago I attended a session hosted by the Belgian system center user group about DPM where there was a slide on what will be included in SP1.

  • SCR protection for Exchange 2007
  • support for mirrored Databases and for SQL2008
  • support for indexes in sharepoint
  • support for HyperV !
  • and local datastorage backup
  • you will be able to use shared tape librairies

DPM SP1

You can also view this session as it was recorded for the Technet Chopsticks website

//Bart Bultinck

ISCSI target software for short term lab projects….

1:44 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hi!

Just did another implementation of a DELL Equallogic PS5000XV iscsi array which is very nice and powerfull equipment well suited for the virtualisation project I'm currently working on.
I just had a "few thingies" I wanted to try out offline so I booted up my virtual lab and started to search for iscsi target software.
I used openfiler before and as this is great software (and free) I was going to build me a openfiler VM again just when I happened to cross a blogpost about the MS ISCSI target software trial software used in their storage server suite.

So i didn't have to build another VM and i could just load the trial software on a VM . 2 mins later I had a working iscsi target server. Hooray for productivity !

Download the trial by clicking here.
Source : http://blogs.technet.com/quenguyen/archive/2008/10/16/test-driving-windows-storage-server.aspx

//Bart

 

 

SCDPM2007 – enable and disable OptimizeTapeUsage

6:38 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

run the following command to enable colocation of data on tape on the DPM Powershell window


To disable tape colocation run the following command on DPM Powershell window

my 15 minutes of fame – SCVMM & SCDPM customercase

6:35 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Some time ago my customer and myself joined the IT-PRO MOMENTUM program in order to accelerate our roll-out of system center virtual machine manager and system center data protection manager.

And last week we made a small video about this project that will be appearing later on Technet Edge i believe. Looking forward for the results…
I'll be posting more stuff about this project later on…

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Yours truly explaining why SCVMM and SCDPM are great (not much explaining needed)

image  A little powder to make the head less shiny :-)

//Bart Bultinck

Techdays 2008 – Ghent Belgium – {Hero} – review

10:21 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Here's my review of the Techdays 2008 that took place in Ghent this year. The short version :-)

Day1: the launch

I hosted the SQLUG booth and did some chitchat with other communityleaders and members, some customers and some friends…

Day 2 : Techdays01

taking the bus to the location i heard people talking about the session Frederik Vandeputte delivered the day before, saying it was one of the best sessions they ever attended. Great to hear that all the work Frederik puts in his presentations is noticed by the attendees…

I hosted the SQLUG booth and attented a great session from Bart de Smet about Powershell 2.0. Great speaker and a very nice session. Can't wait for 2.0….

Day 3 : Techdays02

Started the day with a fantastic session by Kurt Roggen on Group Policies. Discovered lots of new things I didn't know (the coolness of RSAT and that you allready can use it against a W2K3 environment). The session was delivered very good and I think i wasn't the only one that wished Kurt could speak for another half a day or so about this topic. Too little time to cover all the cool things…

Second session was by Edwin Yuen about SCVMM. As one of my current projects involves rolling out this software I discovered not that many new things. But it was nice to see that even some very biased Vmware dudes liked what they saw…

Third session i attended was about SCDPM by Jason buffington (I'm also rolling out this software @ customers). Nice session and an overall good overview. Had a good "afterchat" with Mr Buffington that solved some of my problems I was encountering.

the last session I attended was the Hyper-V overview by Edwin Yuen. Nice session but too bad it was more of a marketing session….

The day ended with a nice lunch together with the SQLUG coremembers

Anyway, a nice couple of days, saw many friends, a nicely filled goodiebag 😉 and no XBOX 360 for me :-(