Failure during Windows Server 2008 System State Backup & System Writer Missing

For some of those new to DPM 2007, you might find yourself in a situation where a Windows Server 2008 (and R2) is failing during backups consistently.  The consistency part is the ironic is that it is always failing and might lead you to review a bit more what is going on.  This problem, as…

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Deploying Windows 7 in the Enterprise – A Blueprint for Success

It’s taken nearly a year and four developers, 2 QA, and 3 PMs to build the solution to deploy Windows 7 at Microsoft & other customers.  Code-named “Modena”, this solution offers customers who utilize System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to deploy Windows 7 easily, with little headaches, and hopefully rapidly.  My team was responsible for…

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Unable to Extend System Volume & DPM Backup Failure: Change the System State backup location

I recently had a couple of servers where they had rather small system partitions, one was Windows 2003 while the other was Windows 2008 RTM and DPM continued to fail with replica is inconsistent errors.  The DPM documentation and event errors were referencing the replica and volume partition size(s) and all checked out with plenty…

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Data Protection Manager 2007: Replica is inconsistent on Windows Server 2008

I recently took some time to learn more about Microsoft’s System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 since it was again a product in my division that I knew very little about.  Beyond that, I had quite a bit of incentive to get our engineering lab which is handled by me as a “side job” besides…

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Adding IIS Host Headers in DNS using Netdom utliity

An age old question for IIS administrators is how to effectively manage small, medium, or even large Web servers with a minimal set of IP addresses.  The network team often manages layer 3 which includes the IP addresses that are available for Web servers.  If an unlimited supply of IP addresses existed, there would be…

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Failover Cluster Snafu – Forcibly removing Failover Cluster Feature after Cluster Failure

My secondary job is to maintain our engineering lab (part of the mantra of “Do More with Less”) as we don’t have anyone dedicated to this role.  This lab is running completely virtualized minus our SQL infrastructure which is running on a 2-node Failover cluster since so much of our infrastructure relies on SQL.  In…

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