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

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

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

Implementing Microsoft DPM host level protection of VMware VMs

Note: This post is also available as a downloadable PDF here. System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM 2012 R2) with Update Rollup 11 (UR11) or later adds support for protecting host level backup of virtual machines running on VMware 5.5 and 6.0 servers. This is accomplished by using VMware APIs over the network… Read more

A few tips and best practices for Microsoft Azure Backup

~ Rupanter Chhabra | Support Engineer | Microsoft Hi everyone, Rupanter Chhabra here again. In my last post I talked about Azure Backup portal and explained all of the options that we have there, and today I want to talk about some of the issues you may see in setting up Microsoft Azure Backup (MAB)… Read more

Getting started with the Recovery Services Backup Vault interface in Microsoft Azure

~ Rupanter Chhabra | Support Engineer | Microsoft This article discusses the interface for a Recovery Services Backup Vault in the Microsoft Azure Backup management portal. Each section of the interface is examined, including the various options, settings and information available as well as explanations for each. Note that the creation of the Backup Vault… Read more

How to setup or upgrade a DPM 2012 standalone server

This article covers the installation/upgrade of System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM 2012 R2, or simply DPM). While the installation and upgrade process is similar, please note that you cannot upgrade a DPM 2012 server directly to DPM 2012 R2. DPM 2012 Service Pack 1 with Update Rollup 3 (V4.1.3417.0) or later is… Read more

Free ebook: Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud

Microsoft is happy to announce the release of their newest free ebook, Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud (ISBN 9780735695832), by Shreesh Dubey, Vijay Tandra Sistla, Shivam Garg, and Aashish Ramdas; Mitch Tulloch, Series Editor. If you are responsible for architecting and designing the backup strategy for your organization, especially if you're… Read more