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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Differencing Disks & Merging: 80070005 Error … Just one persons Lesson Learned!

Recently, I had a rather simple demo for an audience that required me to have multiple systems running simultaneously and at different phases of a 2 hour migration to Windows 7.  The original plan of attack was to use a single base image, Windows XP SP2, and create differencing disks for each of the 3…

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[Info] – SCVMM R2 Documentation Live on the Web

As you can tell, I’m pretty active in following one of my favorite HOT products released by my division here at Microsoft – System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).  VMM 2008 R2 was recently released and with it comes some exciting new capabilities not exposed in the first 2 releases of VMM (2007 RTM &…

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Virtualization Tip: Migrating to SAN’s “after the fact” with SCVMM using R2’s Migrate Storage

In today’s post, I thought I would share some insight into how to effectively migrate to Storage Area Network’s (SAN) after you’ve already got an SCVMM environment up and running.  You found yourself with several Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V hosts and you were moving along with very little issues; though, you recently have noticed that…

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Real World Example of Troubleshooting R2 Live Migration using CSV’s

As I’ve mentioned several times, we run our engineering lab on much of the latest & greatest.  There are many who would argue that this is a luxury (one afforded to those who work at a Software company such as Microsoft) and I wouldn’t have a solid argument against their argument.  However, it doesn’t change…

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