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

Announcing SC 2016 DPM with Reduced TCO of Backup

System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) is well recognized in the Industry for protection of Microsoft workloads and environments. It protects key Microsoft workloads such as SQL, SharePoint and Exchange as well as virtual machines running on Hyper-V or VMware. SC DPM 2016 brings in features that delivers improvements in multiple key areas of… Read more

Announcing VMware Backup using System Center Data Protection Manager

System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) is well recognized in the Industry for protection of Microsoft workloads and environments. It protects key Microsoft workloads such as SQL, SharePoint and Exchange as well as virtual machines running on Hyper-V.  Today, we are announcing support for protection of virtual machines running on VMware platform. This will allow… Read more

KB: You can't delete a recovery checkpoint for a virtual machine in Data Protection Manager

After Data Protection Manager (DPM) backup fails, you are unable to delete broken recovery checkpoints for a virtual machine that was created by Hyper-V. When you try to do this, you discover that there's no option listed for a virtual machine in the Hyper-V Manager Console GUI as shown below. For complete details regarding this… Read more

Restoring SharePoint with Data Protection Manager

~ Chris Butcher | Senior Support Escalation Engineer Hi folks, Chris Butcher here again with the final part in my series on protecting SharePoint with System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager. In part 1 I went through the process of enabling protection and examined issues you might encounter when configuring SharePoint Protection in Data Protection… Read more

KB: "The system cannot find the file specified" error when you use Data Protection Manager to restore DPMDB.bak

When you run the C:>DpmSync.exe –restoredb –dbloc command line to restore the DPMDB.bak file, the operation fails with the following error: Unhandled Exception: Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.FailedOperationException: Restore failed for Server <DPMDBName>. —> Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Common.ExecutionFailureException: An exception occurred while executing a Transact-SQL statement or batch. —> System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Directory lookup for the file "<D:\Microsoft System Center 2012\DPMDB\MSDPM2012$DPMDB.mdf>" failed with the… Read more

Troubleshooting Exchange Protection and Recovery Issues in Data Protection Manager

Just a quick note to let you know that we have a new Guided Walkthrough troubleshooter available that helps identify and resolve some of the more common issues related to Exchange Protection and Recovery issues in System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM 2012 and DPM 2012 R2). You can find the troubleshooter here: 3041370… Read more

How to troubleshoot End User Recovery problems in System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager

A Guided Walkthrough is now available that helps identify and troubleshoot issues relating to End User Recovery (EUR) in System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM 2012 or DPM 2012 R2). If you are experiencing issues related to End User Recovery then the troubleshooter below is a good place to start. KB3017550 – Troubleshooting End… Read more