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

Protect, Unprotect, Protect, Unprotect – Understanding how DPM 2010 retention works

UPDATE 11/20/2013: The script below has been updated to work with all current versions of DPM 2012. ===== With special thanks to Fahd Kamal for the backgrounder content. Imagine that you are experimenting with DPM 2010.  You protect some data, and then you remove that protection group.  Then, showing DPM to one of your friends,… Read more

DPM 2010: Helping you meet SLAs with less effort

  Better backups with DPM – the story so far… DPM has consistently aimed at making your backups more reliable. The transition from tape to disk as a medium for storing backups provided the first impetus to improved reliability of backups, and was delivered with DPM 2006, our first release. It also brought about novel… Read more

DPM 2010 Beta is available now

The Data Protection Manager (DPM) team at Microsoft is happy to announce the arrival of Data Protection Manager 2010 Beta.  I am Anand Kamat, Group Product Manager for the DPM development team, and since shipping DPM 2007 SP1 in Jan 2009, we have been on an amazing journey to get this feature packed release out… Read more

New SQL Server protection information for DPM 2007 SP1

Two new pieces of information to keep you informed on what is going on with SQL Server database protection and System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1.   As part of Service Pack 1 for DPM, we now have official support for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3.  This goes both for protected servers as… Read more

Customer Blog Post on DPM 2007 SP1 — Convergent Computing

With the release of DPM SP1 and having an opportunity to be on the beta of the update, thought I’d share my experiences… For those who have worked with Data Protection Mgr in the past, you probably have already experienced the concept of ongoing incremental digital backups of your servers that DPM provides. Those new… Read more

Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007 is now available

The DPM team is very excited to announce the release of Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007.     What is new in Service Pack 1 http://www.microsoft.com/SystemCenter/DataProtectionManager/en/us/WHATs-NEW.aspx                          DPM 2007 SP1 x86     http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=125991 DPM 2007 SP1 x64    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=125992     SP1 videos on TechNet Edge http://edge.technet.com/tags/DPM     Upcoming Webcast on SP1 on January 8,… Read more

How to protect SQL SERVER with DPM 2007 — new Technet Webcast starting soon

        We’re starting in about an hour — 9:30 AM Pacific Time on Friday, September 26th What better way to start the weekend than being sure that your data protection solution ‘has got your back‘ (pun intended) for your database server farm?   So, grab some coffee, find a comfortable chair and… Read more

DPM 2007 Rollup Update — NOW AVAILABLE

We are very excited to announce that the ‘Rollup Update’ for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 is now available. There are new workloads to be protected, as well as new features in this update, including: Windows Server 2008 support Run DPM2007 Server on a Windows Server 2008 platform Protect Windows Server 2008 – including… Read more

We need your feedback! Help us improve SQL features by completing this survey…

The DPM Team would like to understand your Microsoft® SQL Server backups needs so we can serve you better. We need feedback from people who back up SQL Servers regularly – people like you!  Please take a moment to complete this survey and help the DPM Team for Ultimate SQL Backup Improvements!Click here to begin… Read more