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 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

DPM 2012 : Scoped Troubleshooting using Central Console

Here is a scenario : “DPM Backups have failed because the SQL Server refused connection. The SLA has been missed thrice already in this week. The operator re-runs the backup the next day outside the backup window and it succeeds. Someone needs to answer why the failures are happening and what can be done to… Read more

DPM 2012 – Centralized Management : Role Based Access Control

Most enterprises have a centralized team which amongst other responsibilities also handles running of the backup service in their organization. It is a considerable challenge to effectively delegate work to the various support teams while retaining control over the DPM environment. With DPM 2012, you can effectively model your existing team structure into one of… Read more

DPM 2012 – Certificate Based Protection

  DPM 2012 provides the capability to protect Workgroup computers and computers in untrusted domains using Certificates for the purpose of authentication. If you are already using DPM 2010, you have the ability to protect machines without trust by using NTLM based authentication and local accounts. While this worked, you gave us feedback that you… Read more

DPM 2012 – Centralized Management : Introducing the Central Console UI

When we started work on Centralized Management, it became very apparent that we need a UI that not only presents a summary of the entire DPM environment, but also Enables customers to work on more important issues first – like working on alerts affecting backups of multiple backup items Enables different teams in a backup… Read more

DPM 2012 – Centralized Management : Value Prop

It’s all about reducing management costs. We not only wanted to provide a Central Console which effectively aggregates status across of your DPM Servers, but can make your every day tasks of managing the backup environment seamless thereby reducing your management costs significantly. This video recording (DPM 2012 – Centralized Management : Value Prop) will… Read more

System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 Beta – Now Available!

We are very excited to announce the release of DPM 2012 Beta. Some of the big enhancements include: Centralized Management of DPM Servers (built on top of System Center Operations Manager ) A Central Console from which you can monitor and manage all the backup servers in your datacenter. Need it today for the DPM… 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