Monitoring Large DPM Deployments with SCOM

DPM can backup a variety of workloads as SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, Hyper-V VMs, File Servers, among others. One way to monitor the DPM servers centrally is using SCOM. In this blog, our guest, John Joyner,  talks about leveraging Central Console for multi site backup management. The combination of DPM and SCOM is beneficial to distributed enterprises… Read more

How to increase DPM 2016 replica when using Modern Backup Storage (MBS)

There may be circumstances where the replica volume for a protected data source is under allocated or a very large increase of protected data results in synchronization or recovery point job failures due to inadequate space on the replica. Some common examples of where this might occur are explained below. Bare Metal Restore (BMR) protection…. Read more

Change Block Tracking needs to be reset if another backup product has protected a VMWare VM prior to DPM

In this scenario, the VMWare Host\VCenter server has successfully been connected in DPM. However, Replica creation, Consistency Checks, Recovery points fail with the noted error below (Some other similar errors but with same resolution). DPMUI Error: DPM encounterd error from VMware while trying to get ChangeTracking information. Server – 10.10.10.10 ErrorCode – FileFaultFault (ID 33621… Read more

How to Manually Create a SQL Replica in DPM 2012 R2

There may be circumstances where creating SQL replica automatically over the network may not be possible due to network bandwidth constraint between DPM server and SQL server(situations where DPM and protected server are in different sites). In such situations we can rely on manual replica creation process. This lets us create a replica on the… Read more

Announcing SC 2016 DPM Guest Blog Series

System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager was announced with a range of new features, such as Modern Backup Storage and RCT based Hyper-V VM Backups. Modern Backup Storage completely changed the way backups are stored by leveraging the new technologies in Windows Server 2016 as ReFS block cloning, giving you upto 50% storage savings, workload aware storage, and 3x Faster backups…. Read more

How to perform a manual initial replica on DPM Modern Backup Storage

DPM can backup a variety of workloads as SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, Hyper-V VMs, File Servers, among others. While doing so, DPM creates an initial replica of the data, and takes the following backups incrementally, optimizing Storage and Network resources. However, at times, due to the large size of the Data-source, the initial replication over the… Read more

Support Tip: DPM recovery point or consistency check for a protected VMware VM fails with FileFaultFault error

~ Maanas Saran | Program Manager | Microsoft When DPM attempts to make a recovery point or run a consistency check for a protected VMware virtual machine (VM), the job can fail with a FileFaultFault error like the one shown below. DPM encounterd error from VMware while trying to get ChangeTracking information. Server – Vmware_Server_name. … Read more

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 End of Support

Product support for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 will reach its end of support date in 12 months. If you are using this version, please upgrade to a newer version before January 9, 2018 to ensure supportability. The following resources are available to help you upgrade to the latest version of Data Protection Manager: Upgrade to 2010: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff399258.aspx… Read more

How to use certificates to authenticate computers in workgroups or untrusted domains

~ John Clyburn | Senior Consultant | Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM 2012 R2) supports protection of computers in workgroups and untrusted domains using local accounts and NTLM, however in scenarios where an organization does not allow creation of local accounts, this solution does not work. As an alternative, DPM 2012 R2… Read more

SC 2016 DPM Capacity Planner

SC 2016 DPM announced Modern Backup Storage. This changes the way data is backed up and stored. Modern Backup Storage delivers 50% Storage Savings and 3x faster by leveraging latest Windows Server 2016 technologies as ReFS Block Cloning, VHDX, Allocate on write, etc. Further, DPM 2016 comes with Workload Aware Storage, which enables you to… Read more