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

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

Troubleshooting Hyper-V protection failures due to networking problems

There are many failures that can happen when protecting Hyper-V hosts and CSV’s that are a result of the Cluster network configuration not being optimized for redirected mode communication. In most cases these problems will only happen under a heavy load, and when it happens we can lose access to the storage that houses the… Read more

DPM 2012 : Enhancements to Hyper-V Protection

Data Protection Manager for System Center 2012 provides significant performance improvement for backup and more flexibility in recovery for Hyper-V deployments. Hyper-V Express Full Backup: DPM 2012 has made significant improvement in Stand Alone Hyper-V backup performance by extending the Change Block Tracking for the Hyper-v on a standalone installation workload.  With Change Block Tracking,… 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

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

System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Hyper-V protection: Configuring cluster networks for CSV redirected access

Just a quick heads up on a new System Center Data Protection Manager KB article we published this morning.  This one talks about configuring cluster networks for Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) redirected access: ===== Summary When System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM) is protecting Hyper-V guests using the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider (the… Read more