Optimizations in protecting SQL databases with high churn by DPM

This article discusses two specific problems that you may encounter while protecting high churn databases using DPM. Both of these concern the amount of disk space used by the DPM log files in certain scenarios and how to you can mitigate the issues that can arise as a result. Issue 1: Incremental backup job triggered… Read more

DPM Certificate Troubleshooting–Part 3: Certificates

Hello, Shane Brasher here once again, following up DPM Certificate Troubleshooting–Part 1: General Troubleshooting and DPM Certificate Troubleshooting–Part 2: Registry with Part 3 of “DPM Certificate Authentication Troubleshooting”. In this session we will go over some common symptoms you may see if the certificate is missing or is invalid. This is assuming that after you… Read more

DPM Certificate Troubleshooting–Part 2: Registry

Hello, Shane Brasher here again. This article picks up from where DPM Certificate Troubleshooting–Part 1: General Troubleshooting left off. We are going to jump right in and look at a few failed scenarios when your DPM certificate related registry keys are missing or corrupt. When you have everything setup and working, the certs are in… Read more

DPM Certificate Troubleshooting–Part 1: General Troubleshooting

The spirit of this document is to provide you with a quick guide to troubleshooting System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM) Certificate authentication issues. This document assumes that you are already familiar with DPM 2012 and have a healthy certificate infrastructure. This document also assumes that you have setup certificates in accordance with the… Read more

How to install the DPM agent on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Core computer

Hello, Mike Jacquet here, and today I would like to discuss some additional configuration steps that need to be performed on Windows Server 2008 R2 Core servers during installation of the Data Protection Manager (DPM) agent. When pushing the DPM agent from the DPM console to a Windows Server 2008 R2 Core server it may… Read more

Secondary Protection and Exchange 2010 DAG Node Protection in System Center Data Protection Manager

Hi everyone, Andy Nadarewistsch here, and today I want to talk about secondary protection and Exchange 2010 DAG node protection in System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM). DPM allows for great flexibility when it comes to protecting Exchange DAGs (Database Availability Groups) but this can become confusing if there is not an understanding of… Read more

Exchange 2010 DAG Passive Node Visibility and the EnableVSSWriter Regkey in Data Protection Manager

Hi everyone, Andy Nadarewistsch here, and today I want to talk about passive node visibility in System Center Data Protection Manager. To be more specific I would like to discuss why passive nodes would not show in the DPM console. In general, there are only a few reasons why you would not see a passive… Read more

New Top Solutions feeds for System Center products

We are very happy to announce that seven of the Product Solution Centers on http://support.microsoft.com are featuring new Top Solutions sections that pull dynamically from the Top Solutions RSS feeds. The Top Solutions are usually listed on the page for the Key Resources tab. The following solution centers have dynamic Top Solutions; the rest will… Read more

Short Q&A on Bare Metal Restore in System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

Hi Everyone, Vivek Kumar here from the Data Protection Manager (DPM) support team. DPM 2010 comes with Bare Metal Restore (BMR) capabilities that are much talked about and have helped us in many of our crucial disaster recovery scenarios. Many of my friends have talked about backup and restore process for BMR and you can… Read more

How to use certificates to authenticate computers in workgroups or untrusted domains with Data Protection Manager

System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 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. System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM) now allows you to use certificates to authenticate computers in… Read more