Protect SQL Server 2014 using DPM 2012 R2

We are pleased to announce support for SQL Server 2014 as a workload in DPM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 4(UR4). Existing users of DPM will be delighted to know that there is no change in the user experience or SQL Server protection and recovery scenarios supported. Thus users can continue to backup SQL Server 2014… Read more

Optimizations in protecting SQL databases with high churn by DPM

This blog discusses solutions for the two issues,which might be encountered while protecting high churn databases using DPM.   Incremental backup job triggered by DPM transfers transaction logs from SQL Server to the DPM Server.   One of the issues with this behaviour is, at times these transaction logs might be huge that they occupy… Read more

DPM tape jobs take longer than expected or fail with ID 24052

Hi everyone, Mike Jacquet here, and I want to take a minute to talk about an issue we’ve seen a couple times here in product support where DPM tape jobs may take longer than expected or they fail outright with ID 24052.  There are two possible symptoms for this issue depending on whether you have… Read more

Using System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 to perform a host level backup fails with error 0x8007173D

Here’s a new DPM 2010 KB article we published this morning.  If you see an issue where some recovery point jobs fail intermittently when performing a host level backup of guests located on a CSV in Windows 2008 Hyper-V Cluster then this one’s for you: ===== Symptoms When using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM)… Read more

Explaining SharePoint Data Source Enumeration with Data Protection Manager 2010

Hello, my name is Walt Whitman and I am a Sr. Support Escalation Engineer with Microsoft.  Today we will be discussing how Data Protection Manager 2010 knows about the different data sources that comprise a SharePoint farm. SharePoint farms come in all shapes and sizes.  In most situations though you will find that a SharePoint… Read more

New KB fix: Databases with multiple backslash characters can be protected but fail during restore with DPM 2010

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we just published this morning about an issue you’ll see if you protect a database with two backslashes in the path: ===== Symptoms When you create a new SQL database (or it is created automatically by an application), and there are multiple backslash (\) characters defined in the database… Read more

DPM 2010 Quick Fix: SQL backups fail with Internal error code: 0x80990D19

Here’s an issue I ran into the other day and since I didn’t see a lot documented about it I thought I’d go ahead and post the fix here. Symptoms Using System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 to backup a SQL database fails with the following error: Execution of SQL command failed for SQL Server… Read more

Exchange 2010 can be protected by multiple DPM servers

I like to draw attention to something that may not be well known and surprise some old ‘die hard’ DPM’ers. 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:… Read more

Potential VM protection name confusion

Lets say you create virtual machine protection and current conditions allow “Backup Using Child Partition Snapshot\<VM>” or in short; ‘online’ protection. Then you change the VM configuration and introduce one of the conditions that prohibit online protection (see below and  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff399205.aspx).  At this point online  protection (as the data source name suggests) will no longer… Read more

How to use SAN recovery option and mapping data source volumes to Windows disks

Say you want to use the DPM “SAN recovery” option. This requires storage management steps for which it is useful to know which Windows disks (LUN’s) hold the associated DPM volumes for a given data source. First a generic recap of the potential ‘DPM SAN recovery’ advantages and steps; ‘SAN recovery’ is only beneficial when… Read more