Connect-DPMServer.ps1 will not connect

Interesting case that I just resolved. Customer is using a third party software to perform SharePoint restores.  While trying to connect back to the DPM server from the other SharePoint application restoration server he was getting the following error:       After taking network traces and DPM MPS Reports, we started doing code reviews…

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Recovery of a Mirrored SQL Database

Recovering a mirrored database, whether it is to a SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 installation, requires that the existing mirror be broken. For simplicity, you may want to consider deleting both the Principal and Mirror databases and using the latest recovery point that DPM has in order to restore the data. This blog…

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Protecting Mirrored Databases with DPM 2007 SP1

Considering the vast amount of mission critical data stored on SQL servers globally, the high availability of database mirroring with the frequent snapshots of DPM make protection and recovery scenarios much less fearful for administrators entrusted with protected SQL data. Database mirroring protection can be thought of as a blend between SQL Failover Clusters and…

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SQL Database Mirroring for DPM Administrators

This blog focuses on providing a very light-weight overview of how to implement SQL database mirroring and it is not intended to be a complete how-to reference. DPM administrators benefit by understanding, even at a basic level, how to install and configure the applications DPM will be protecting. This blog is intended to provide some…

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Intro to DPM 2007-SP1

In the coming weeks, we will be discussing the new features of DPM 2007 SP1 to enough depth that you can implement them into a new or existing environment. We will also be covering some of the basics on how to install and configure, at a very basic level, the applications that DPM will be…

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Installation and Rollback of DPM SP1

Well, the day has come and you are thinking about installing SP1 for DPM 2007 to your DPM environment. There are a few things you that you need to be aware of before you install this Service Pack to any DPM servers. Let’s take a moment to discuss these before unleashing SP1 into your environment…

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Troubleshooting Agent Deployment in Data Protection Manager 2007 – DCOM

The DPM agent is a DCOM application – it cannot function correctly without proper DCOM configuration. This section covers the necessary configuration checks to make sure that DCOM is configured correctly. Non-Clustered Member Servers: As a rule, DCOM Settings for a working DPM 2007 Agent are evidenced by a lack of problems:  You’ll need to…

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Troubleshooting Agent Deployment in Data Protection Manager 2007 – Networking

Note:  This is the second of a three part series for troubleshooting the DPM RA (Data Protection Manager Remote Agent).  Please check out the earlier blog, and the next (all start with the same title). Network security protocols between the DPM Server and the Agent can directly affect Agent communication as can DNS configuration and…

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Troubleshooting Agent Deployment in Data Protection Manager 2007

  Microsoft’s Data Protection Manager (DPM) version 2007 must have an agent installed on any server or workstation that it is going to protect.   The installation of the DPM agent requires contact with many different components both locally and across the network.   In this and the next two blogs, we will try to cover as…

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Introduction to SharePoint Search Indexes for DPM Administrators

This blog introduces the basics of SharePoint Search capabilities to DPM Administrators. Initially, it may be a bit confusing as to why a DPM blog would contain information about how to setup and configure another technology’s software. In protecting this data using DPM, it is necessary to have an understanding of how the protected application…

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