The speed of moving data

I’m clearing out some of the blog posts I’ve clipped over the years and came across one that I saved when I was working on DPM. Jonathan Schwartz’s article on how long it takes to move a petabyte of data caught my attention because it related to the DPM issue of when you might prefer…

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From DPM to Ops Manager

If you read this in an RSS feed, you won’t have seen that my blog description has changed — I’m moving from the Data Protection Manager (DPM) team to the Operations Manager team, focusing on management packs. This opens up a whole new world of stuff for me to blog about. I need to learn things…

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Installing DPM 2007

Check out The Sean Blog for a step-by-step report on installing DPM 2007, with illustrations!

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Web vs. print challenges

If you took a look at the DPM 2007 Operations Guide during the beta, you might have noticed that the server chapters have a similar organization: general maintenance management data recovery And within those sections are parallel topics, such as: renaming the server applying OS updates using Windows maintenance tools A few times I’ve questioned…

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More from Jul 31 chat session

Here are a few more questions-and-answers from last week’s DPM 2007 chat session, starting with a very popular question that comes up in the newsgroup frequently: Q: [I’d like to use USB disk instead of tape for offsite and long term archival… will this be in DPM 2007, or is Tape still my only option…

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DPM 2007 chat session

It was great to “see” so many of you at this morning’s chat on DPM 2007 – the room peaked at 90 people, although the gentleman with the Vista question doesn’t really count. There was a nice variety of questions. I collected them so we can make sure the documentation addresses the issues people are…

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DPM 2007: new script repository

Adding PowerShell integration to this version of DPM is a big plus — you can use DPM Management Shell to manage multiple DPM servers simultaneously, script oft-performed tasks, even do a few things that you can’t do in the UI (such as removing recovery points). The product development team presents and discusses useful scripts on…

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DPM 2007 and the storage pool

If you’re familiar with DPM 2006, adding disks to the storage pool in DPM 2007 might be confusing because it doesn’t behave the way you expect. You’re not alone – a lot of you using the beta 2 version of DPM 2007 have run into this. So here’s an explanation of DPM 2007 and the…

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DPM 2007 chat session

There will be a chat session on July 31, at 8:00 a.m. (pacific time) to discuss DPM 2007, formerly referred to as V2. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered, hope to “see” you there! “Get Ready for Data Protection Manager 2007 beta 2”

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More DPM blogs

Check out Jason’s World, a new blog on DPM (and anything else Jason decides to write about). In addition, two of our Technology Adoption Program (TAP) partners are posting about their experiences with DPM on their blogs: DPMFAQ.COM and My Spot on the Internet. Enjoy!

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Finding VSS-aware apps on your server

Did you catch the webcast on protecting Virtual Server with DPM? I watched the replay this afternoon and learned a new trick from Allen Stewart (who gives a really excellent presentation, btw). How to identify VSS-aware apps on Windows Server 2003: at a command prompt, type vssadmin list writers. He mentions it in the context…

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DPM 2007: protecting Virtual Server

Another interesting webcast coming up that you won’t want to miss: “Microsoft Virtual Server and Data Protection Manager Install and Configure Walk-through”. Register at the events website. The presentation will also be available for replay later, but try to make it to the live version so you can get your questions answered! For your calendar:…

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DPM 2007: compatible tape libraries

As you may know, DPM 2007 adds support for tape to DPM 2006’s disk-based protection. So with DPM 2007, you can configure protection disk-to-disk, disk-to-tape, or disk-to-disk-to-tape. But an important question you’ll have is, will DPM work with my existing tape library? Or, what tape library should I get to work with DPM? For your…

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Upgrading WSS 2.0 to 3.0, & DPM

Stefan Gossner posts about running PRESCAN.EXE against a Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 2.0 database before upgrading it to WSS 3.0, and also provides a link to download the tool so you can run it ahead of time. What does this have to do with DPM? Well, if you’re using DPM 2007 Beta 2, you can…

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DPM 2007 Beta 2 and laptop protection

One of the features we added to DPM 2007 is protection of desktop computers (those running Windows XP Professional SP2 or any edition of Vista except Home). But we also say in our documentation, “DPM does not support file protection on laptops…”, and that has raised a few questions. Technically, can you install the DPM…

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DPM 2007 Beta 2: documentation

Where is the information I’m looking for? During the beta 2 release of DPM 2007, the product documentation is available in the Downloads section of the Connect site. Links to DPM 2007 documentation won’t be accurate until the DPM 2007 TechCenter becomes available, which will be during the public release of DPM 2007 (if not…

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Can you use PowerShell with DPM 2007?

Glad you asked! Yes, you have a wide array of DPM cmdlets coming your way with DPM 2007 — look for them in the beta 2 release. DPM Management Shell installs with DPM 2007 and can also be installed on remote computers to administer your DPM servers. Are you ready for DPM Management Shell? You…

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DPM 2007 Beta 2 Overview (webcast)

I know I posted last week about our upcoming webcast that will provide a great walkthrough and overview of DPM 2007 Beta 2 — but it’s gone. No sign it ever existed, except in my memory and utter certainty that I did it (frightening feeling, that!). So here it is again, for anyone who didn’t…

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DPM has a new TechCenter

You should check out our lovely new home: the Data Protection Manager TechCenter. The TechCenters are being organized to provide everyone with a consistent framework. For example, if you’re used to looking up System Management Server information and thus know exactly how to get to their documentation in their technical library, then you’ll know exactly…

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DPM 2006: FAQ updated

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for DPM 2006 has been updated. This refresh adds the following question-and-answer to the End-User Recovery section: Q: Do I have to extend the schema for each DPM server? A: The schema is extended only once; however, you must configure the Active Directory schema extension for each DPM server. Enabling end-user…

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V2 has a name

DPM V2 now has an official name: Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

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Do not format the backup drive

How bad can a format mistake be? Check out “Computer technician accidentally wipes out info on Alaska’s $38 billion fund”. We emphasize the value of disk-based data protection in DPM, but that value is based on the understanding that you don’t erase the hard drive.

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DPM V2: webcast on protecting Exchange

We’ve another great webcast coming up: Protecting Your Exchange Server with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager. It’s level 300, so lots of technical details for you to enjoy. A brief description: “In this webcast, we show you how to use Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) to protect servers running Microsoft Exchange Server…

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DPM 2006: FAQ updated

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for DPM 2006 has been updated. The refreshed document includes references to DPM 2006 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and also clarifies the guidance on the amount of data that can be protected by a single DPM server. The updated answer is as follows: DPM has been tested successfully in our labs…

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KB 922510 published

I recently posted about an SP1 error that refers the user to a Knowledge Base article, KB 922510. Sometimes the wheels of publishing seem to turn slowly, but at last I can announce that KB 922510 is live.

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