DPM V2: protection of Exchange data

Interested in how DPM protects Exchange data? One of our program managers recently did a presentation on it, and his slide deck is now available on the DPM Connect site for download (https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?SiteID=205&DownloadID=4777&wa=wsignin1.0&wa=wsignin1.0). Enjoy!

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DPM SP1: Error 2043

If you are running DPM 2006 SP1 and encounter error 2043, “insufficient shadow copy space”, the alert details refer you to Knowledge Base (KB) article 922510. The product team is working to publish that KB article as soon as possible, but in the meantime, here are the instructions for resolving the issue: In DPM 2006,…

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DPM V2: webcast available online

Did you miss the “First Look at System Center Data Protection Manager Version 2” webcast last month? If so, it’s now available online so you can view it at your leisure.

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DPM V2: a real-world recovery

We got a wonderful email from a customer who is trying out the beta 1 release of DPM V2. He is using V2 to protect clustered SQL Server 2005 databases; his file servers and Exchange Server servers are still using their existing tape backup only. Recently, a major SAN problem caused corruption on all of…

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Cluster support: comparing SP1 and DPM V2

Today I got a lesson on “cluster-aware” and “not cluster-aware”. With my new-found understanding, let’s look at the versions of DPM and how they work with server clusters. DPM 2006 is not cluster-aware and cannot protect a server that is in a server cluster. With Service Pack 1, DPM 2006 is cluster-agnostic, and so it can protect…

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DPM SP1 released – download it now!

The eagerly awaited Service Pack 1 to DPM 2006 is now available for download. Important: if you are running a pre-release version of SP1, you should uninstall the pre-release SP1 before you install this final version. For details on the fixes and improvements packaged in SP1, take a look at What’s New in DPM SP1?.

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Your tech support call could be free

I am embarrassed that I didn’t know this until a recent (and very passionate) internal email discussion on customer support brought it up, but if I didn’t know…maybe you didn’t either? If you installed Windows XP on your computer (it didn’t come with the computer when you purchased it), your first 2 support requests submitted…

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DPM V2: Exchange Cluster Continuous Replication

Did you notice the reference in the DPM V2 Product Information FAQ to support for Continuous Cluster Replication (CCR)? I knew it was an Exchange 2007 feature but not much else, and had to do some poking around. I found a great blog post about CCR back in July and clipped it so I could…

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DPM V2 First Look: a webcast

You are invited to join us for a webcast about the next version of Data Protection Manager (DPM V2, as we fondly call it). This is a great opportunity to hear about V2’s features and improvements, see some cool stuff, and pin down DPM’s technical product manager, Jason, with your sharp questions. The webcast will…

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DPM V2 Beta 1: installation walk-through

Arlindo has posted a great walk-through (with screenshots!) of the Beta 1 installation process. We provide installation instructions in the Deployment Guide that you can download with the Beta 1 product at Microsoft Connect, but if you’re not at the download point yet yourself, this gives you an excellent overview of the procedure!

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DPM V2 Beta 1: join the domain first!

If you try to install DPM V2 Beta 1 on a server that does not belong to a domain, the installation will fail. Join the server to a domain first, then install. (This only applies to the Beta 1 release.)

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DPM version 2 beta 1 released

It’s official, they’re announcing it today: DPM V2 Beta1 is out! A few of the new features in DPM V2: Protect Exchange Server storage groups Protect SQL Server databases Use both disk and tape for data protection, all managed from one easy-to-use console If you haven’t already signed up for this beta, go to https://connect.microsoft.com/programdetails.aspx?ProgramDetailsID=822&wa=wsignin1.0…

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How to write really bad instructions

This evening, trying to assemble a pressure-mounted baby gate for my dog, I picked up several tips and tricks for writing really bad instructions that I just have to share for everyone’s edification: Only name half of the parts in the diagram. Users enjoy the challenge of matching line drawings with three-dimensional pieces and matching…

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How to add RAM to a laptop

Over the years, I think I’ve replaced just about everything inside my desktops except the motherboard. But I’ve never even peeked inside my laptop. Somehow I absorbed the edict that only “authorized technicians” could touch one. I had this extra memory though. And a great set of instructions. This is an excellent example of good…

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Why you have to call for a hotfix

Josh Ledgard’s description of getting a hotfix online is fascinating to me because I’ve frequently come across those KB articles that seem to speak directly to my problem, and then turn coy with “To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix.” Like Josh, I don’t want to call anybody….

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Extending the schema for end-user recovery

Your organization might be large enough that the keys to the Active Directory schema are closely held by select administrators. And as a result, when you want to enable end-user recovery for your DPM servers, you have to ask those administrators to run DPMADSchemaExtension.exe for you. They come back to you, concerned because the tool…

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Resources for prototyping

It’s a bit frustrating to spend my days concentrating on writing for the beta of the next version of DPM, yet not being able to say anything about it here. It makes perfect sense, of course — not mentioning features or functions prematurely. After all, if I wrote that we were thinking of having V2…

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New TechNet search

When I read Jeff Alexander’s announcement of a new TechNet search engine, my mouse practically leaped to click the link – a better way to search TechNet is something we’ve all wished for. I went there. I tried it. I was impressed. The default is the TechNet tab, and it gave me great relevant results….

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Understanding maximum data loss

A recent email from an escalation engineer in England (excuse the alliteration) described a scenario that I think is a great example for understanding data recovery and maximum data loss in DPM. With his permission, let me quote the scenario for you: Assume an important data file on a protected server that is changing several…

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Exchange 2007: Outlook Web Access, a date oddity

I’m on the new version of Outlook Web Access (OWA) now, which I’ve been looking forward to ever since I read about some of the new features in Beta 1 on You Had Me At Ehlo (in my opinion, one of the best blog names ever). There were no burps or stumbles in the move…

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A reminder about replica creation

If you’ve used DPM at all, you’re familiar with the process of starting protection of data: You create a protection group for the data sources that you want to protect. DPM creates a replica for each protection group member. The schedule of synchronizations, consistency checks, and shadow copies that you configured goes into action. What…

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Stop avoiding PDFs

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited by a software program. I will go to all sorts of lengths to avoid opening a .pdf file — the experience is just too slow, and it basically renders my computer useless while the opening is going on. Then there’s the tortoise-pace of navigating through…

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Blake’s resources find a new home

Blake Handler has a great collection of Microsoft resources on his blog – I especially appreciate the troubleshooting section, myself. I couldn’t get there a few weeks ago, and I think it might have had to do with Microsoft’s changes to the MSN Spaces… spaces.msn.com/members/bhandler spaces.msn.com/bhandler bhandler.spaces.msn.com Today Microsoft converted MSN Spaces to Windows Live…

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Bullfighter for writing

Matthew Stibbe’s review of the Bullfighter add-on for Word and PowerPoint intrigued me enough to try it. It’s a quick and easy install that adds a toolbar to the applications. I decided to test it against my most recent doc, What’s New in Data Protection Manager SP1. (If you’re participating in the SP1 beta, you…

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Learn from nonexamples

I think that content at Microsoft has gotten better over the years at providing examples. Examples are a good thing. What we still tend to overlook are nonexamples. Nonexamples can be as effective, or even more effective, for learning. They provide an extra dimension that adds depth to a concept. Granted, they might be rather…

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