Four simple steps to backup VMware VMs using SC DPM

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 VMware virtual machines. This will allow enterprise customers to… Read more

Simplified workflow to configure backup to Azure from DPM

System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) offers backup to Azure for long term protection by leveraging Azure Backup. The first step in configuring DPM-A (DPM backup to Azure) is to register the DPM server to the Azure Backup vault. This article explains how the registration process is greatly simplified and enhanced with Update rollup UR4… Read more

TechEd Europe 2014: Cloud integrated data protection session video

This year at TechEd Europe, Shreesh Dubey (GPM, Backup and Archival products) and Islaam Gomaa (MVP) delivered a talk on Cloud integrated data protection using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) and Microsoft Azure Backup. Here is a quick recap of the topics covered for those who missed it: Reliable protection of large scale private… Read more

FAQ – Azure IaaS workload protection using Data Protection Manager

Last week we announced the support for System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) running in an Azure IaaS VM, for protecting workloads in Azure. The overwhelming positive response has been accompanied by deep-dive questions and a request for more details about certain aspects. This blog post is a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help… Read more

Azure IaaS workload protection using Data Protection Manager

System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) is an established backup product for protecting Microsoft on-premise workloads. As our customers move some or all of their infrastructure to Azure, a key ask is the ability to back up workloads now running in Azure. In order to cater to this need, we now support DPM running in… Read more

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

Help Documentation for Using Windows Azure Online Backup with System Center 2012 SP1 – Data Protection Manager

System Center 2012 SP1 Data Protection Manager leverages Windows Azure Online Backup to allow users to store their data online. This document includes documentation to assist users with deploying and using this feature of System Center 2012 SP1 Beta DPM. This Document will describe how to deploy and use System Center 2012 SP1 Data Protection… Read more

Important note on DPM 2012 and the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V replica role

Hello, Shane Brasher here, and I wanted to take a minute today to talk to you about a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V / System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM) SP1 supportability issue. First let’s briefly discuss an exciting new feature of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. There is a new functionality added to the Hyper-V… Read more

Support Tip: Moving a DPM protected machine using Certificate Based Authentication from a domain to workgroup causes Consistency Checks to fail

Consider the following scenario: In your environment you have a Windows domain controller, a computer running System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM) and one member server. You are using Certificate Based Authentication (CBA) for the domain member and the domain member name is MemberServer.Contoso.Com. Note: The proper steps are followed to setup CBA as… Read more

Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 is now available for download

This rollup includes updates for App Controller, Data Protection Manager (DPM), Operations Manager (OpsMgr), Orchestrator, Service Manager (SCSM) and Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). Download links, installation instructions and the list of issues fixed for each component are documented in the following KB: KB2706783 – Description of Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 ( J.C…. Read more