Installing Windows Service Pack (and some updates) fails on DPM Servers

I’ve had two customers recently run into the issue of the installation of SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 failing on their Data Protection Manager (DPM) servers (in this case, DPM 2010 but same would apply to DPM 2007). The problem arises because during the installation, driver-servicing will enumerate the driver information in the registry. There…

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ZOMG! The super important <snarf> system is running on an evaluation version of SQL Server and it’s about to expire!!!

I run into this about once every 18 months.. my customers are all pretty smart and ‘don’t do dumb stuff’ like this but inevitably some company acquisition or rogue division that lived outside of the jurisdiction of central IT presents this scenario. Because we don’t have a consistent story across every single product I can…

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