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Exchange 2010 clusters can be protected by multiple DPM servers

I like to draw attention to something that may not be well known and surprise some. You probably are familiar with the ‘rule’ that all protected hosts within a cluster must be protected by the same DPM server! This is does not apply to Exchange 2010 and is formally documented here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff399324.aspx. You still get… Read more

System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Hyper-V protection: Configuring cluster networks for CSV redirected access

Just a quick heads up on a new System Center Data Protection Manager KB article we published this morning.  This one talks about configuring cluster networks for Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) redirected access: ===== Summary When System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM) is protecting Hyper-V guests using the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider (the… Read more

How System Center Data Protection Manager works with EFS encrypted files

Just a heads up on a new DPM 2010 Knowledge Base article we published this morning.  If you’re protecting encrypted files using System Center Data Protection Manager  then you’ll want to check this one out: ===== Summary This document aims to clarify how System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) handles encrypted and unencrypted files during… Read more

New video: TMG Setup for DPM Communication

This video covers troubleshooting DPM communication to and from a TMG server.  In the video we verify that we have connectivity, then we break the communication between the two and walk through the steps needed to be performed on the TMG server in order to allow successful communication once again to the TMG server. We… Read more

Protect, Unprotect, Protect, Unprotect – Understanding how DPM 2010 retention works

UPDATE 11/20/2013: The script below has been updated to work with all current versions of DPM 2012. ===== With special thanks to Fahd Kamal for the backgrounder content. Imagine that you are experimenting with DPM 2010.  You protect some data, and then you remove that protection group.  Then, showing DPM to one of your friends,… Read more

Data Protection Manager 2010 management pack just released – Things you need to know!

Download the management pack I recently had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with the DPM 2010 management pack team. I was elated with some of the new features and the approach they took in designing this management pack. This one is definitely the first of its kind, and there are some really… Read more

New Video: A step by step on how to perform a System State restore using Data Protection Manager 2010

Our very own Shane Brasher just released another new video, this one covering the steps to perform a System State restore using DPM 2010 to a target server should it need a system state repair. You can view it here below or at the link here.     J.C. Hornbeck | System Center Knowledge Engineer… Read more

About defining DPM protection from CLI

Those with interest in modifying and creating DPM protection from CLI probably appreciate this otherwise there is little sense in reading further I guess. Those that seek to save and recreate protection configurations are up for a task that proved to be a daunting one, you may want to look into a twin script called… Read more

Troubleshooting system state backup of a protected server in System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

Just an FYI on a new Knowledge Base article we published today that goes over some of the top issues and solutions you may run into with System Center Data Protection Manager 2007.  I included the article below but you can find the latest revision as KB2428303 – Troubleshooting system state backup of a protected… Read more

New Video: A step by step demo of doing a Bare Metal Restore (BMR) using Data Protection Manager 2010

Our very own Shane Brasher just released a new video, this one covering the steps to perform a BMR (bare metal restore) by way of DPM 2010 should you experience a catastrophic failure of a Windows Server 2008 computer.  You can view it here below or at the link here. J.C. Hornbeck | System Center… Read more