Kåre Rude Andersen
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System Center Data Protection Manager 2016, Best Design Practices
The purpose of this blog article is to inspire and inform you as a reader what you should consider before you start implementing System Center Data Protection Manager 2016 as the restore-feature within your datacenter.Throughout the years, I have noticed a lot of different designs that hasn’t played out well. So hopefully readers of this article will avoid any of those pitfalls that either leads to reinstalling System Data Protection Manager or realizing that you are not able to do that restore ...
During the last Ignite 2015 Microsoft announced that DPM will be able to backup and most important, be able to do restore of Vmware. Within the UR 11 just released Microsoft kept their promised and provided an agentless solution for the Vmware protection. All protected virtual servers within the DPM protection will also be able to leverage the cloud integrated long-term protection via an Azure Backup Vault.In short-terms, DPM will be able to auto-protect new deployed server that is provisioned v...
Update Rollup 11
This update rollup adds backup and recovery support for VMware server 5.5 and 6.0. Create protection groups, manage policies, and protect and recover VMware VMs with the user interface or new PowerShell cmdlets. This update is available through Microsoft Update or by manual download. UR 11 includes these features:Agentless backup: DPM provides doesn't require an agent on the VMware server. You can use the IP address or fully qualified domain name (FQDN), and login credentials to authenticate the...
Hyper-V backups keeps failing 0x800423F4
A few days ago I bumped into an interesting error where the backup of some virtual machines that where managed via System Center Virtual Machine Manager or SCVMM kept failing and never could create a Recovery Point. The backup job ended with the same error code that was ID 30111 or 0x800423F4.As always when it comes to troubleshooting DPM (I should write a blogpost regarding this…) is to verify the dependent technology that DPM “integrates” with when it comes to deliver the backup or restore job...
Session @ Ignite 2016
Got the question if I could consider delivering a session at Ignite in Atlanta later this year, the answer was for sure yes!I will be delivering a Business Continuity focused session with the aspect of clarifying the concept of HOW you can adapt Microsoft technology within or for your Business Continuity concept. Also I will clarify what Business Continuity is and how you can get started with it when you come back home from Ignite.I hope to see you at my session and on other great sessions @Ig...
Update Rollup 10
Microsoft has just released the Update Rollup 10 and with that a great deal of optimiztion! The following list of issues has been fixed in this update rollup:If you try to exclude a page file for a VM running on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 server, DPM may still continue to back up the page fileDPM provides an Active Directory schema extension tool to make required changes to Active Directory for DPM End-User Recovery. However, you may the tool may not work on System Center 2012 R2 Data...
Sessoins @ MMS
Got the email saying the nice community conference in Minneapolis called Midwest Management Summit or MMS wanted me as one of their speakers. I will be delivering three sessions this year (or maybe more...will see)Business Continuity using Microsoft SolutionsBe a Hero od be fired. Backup and restore strategyTearing down IT SilosI will be around the conference the whole week and really looking forward connecting with new community members and also old friends.Looking forward to meet up in Minneap...
News in DPM 2016
Hopefully around this years Ignite Microsoft will release the new version of DPM 2016. With that release comes not just an updated version of the actual code but also a few nice additions regarding new supported scenarios from Microsoft. The following features are new features within DPM 2016:Mixed-Mode Cluster protection Support for StorageSpacesDirectSupport for Resilient Change Tracking (RCT)Virtual TPM
Can’t make any Recovery Points, volsnap error 39
The DPM software is dependent on the VSS architecture which of course is nothing new. But when it comes to troubleshoot DPM many seems to forget that the initial steps in troubleshooting DPM starts with having a healthy setup of VSS’s present in the affected operating system.Also its recommended that you verify the System log on the server that you try to protect. In one scenario that I bumped into regarding issues with DPM creating new Recovery Points the local System log was filled with volsna...
DPM console wont open...
Last week I ran into a strange error when I tried to open a DPM console. All of the sudden I got an error saying “MMC cannot open the file . This may be because the file does not excist, is not an MMC console, or was created by a later version of MMC. This may also be because you do not have sufficient rights to the file.”So to solve this we need to get deep down in the user profiles. What is really happening behind the scenes? Every time the DPM server console opens the file “Microsoft System C...
Error opening the DPM console ID948
Now and then I bump into scenarios where people can’t seem to open their DPM console. DPM throws an error saying “Unable to connect” and with that an error ID that is 948.This error ID says that a connection can’t be made since the DPM servers database (DPMDB) is no longer within sync.To solve this error you must get the DPMDB in sync again, this is made via the DPM CMDLET called DPMSYNC.Open an elevated administrative version of the DPM Management Shell and run the following command: “DPM...
Update Rollup 9
Update Rollup 9 released and with that some optimixation of the product.This update rollup fixes the bugs that are listed in KB 3112306. It also includes the following features:DPM now automatically repairs DPM filter corruption without requiring a consistency check.When there is DPM filter corruption, DPM automatically repairs the corruption by triggering a synchronization job within 15 minutes of the previous sync/backup job failure. (DPM does this instead of running a consistency check.)...
Community feedback – got any ideas?
Have any ideas regarding how DPM can be improved? Please share them with me so I can provide the feedback direct to Microsoft Product Group for DPM. Summarize your thoughts or festures/functions that you would like to see in DPM and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Recovery Points keep failing
A time ago Microsoft introduced the great feature to provide a long-term protection using a Backup Vault in Azure to replace onprem tape solutions. In the scenario where DPM starts to protect datasources within a workload that has a Recovery Point volume that is smaller than 3 GB the Online Recovery job will constantly fail with the error ID 100034.To solve this you must increase the size of the Recovery Point and Replica Volumes to 3 GB each. After this is done your Online Recovery Point jobs w...
Once again I’m moved and deeply honored. For the sixth time in a row I’m presented with the MVP award from Microsoft. Hard dedication and hard work always pays of, I will do my best to continue to provide the communities voices to Microsoft and Microsoft voice to the communities. 2016 will be a blast =)
Update Rollup 8
Microsoft has just released the Update Rollup 8 that contains some bugfixes.The DPM Agent crashes intermittently during a backupIf you are trying to recover data from an imported tape, DPM may crash with a "Connection to the DPM service has been lost" errorIf you try to back up a SharePoint site that uses SQL Always On as a content database, SQL logs are not truncated as expectedYou cannot verify tape library compatibility for tapes that use RSMCompatmode settings such as IBM 35xx, 290...
Update Rollup 7
Update Rollup 7 has been relesed! With this Update Rollup comes the ability to share Backup Vaults in Azure via the "Add External DPM" feature!This update rollup fix includes:Bugs listed in KB 3065246.Increased support for DPM backup to Azure. We’ve added:The ability to recover data to any DPM server that's registered in an Azure Backup vault. If two or more servers are registered in a vault and you back up data to Azure then any of those registered DPM servers can recover data from the vau...
I had the great pleasure delivering the session Enterprise Backup: Custom Reporting, BAAS and Read-World Deployments in Data Protection Manager together with Steve Buchanan and Islam Gomaa at Ignite.If you weren’t able to attend the session live nor Ignite here is the link so you can watch the session on-demand. https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3491I would like to dedicate my gratitude to the Product Group team for DPM/Azure/System Center that made this session possible.
Update Rollup 6
Update Rollup 6 for DPM 2012R2 has been relesed and with that some good fixes! This update rollup fix includes:Bugs listed in KB 3030574.Support for using SQL Server 2014 as the DPM database. Support for protecting SQL Server 2012 was introduced in Update 4. Now, in Update 6 you can configure a SQL Server running SQL 2012 as your database. You'll need to install Update 6 and then configure DPM to use SQL Server 2014.If you're backing up DPM to Azure you can now select to keep online ba...
DPM 2012 R2 book released
I’m very happy to announce that my book for System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 is finished and is available for you at the following link:https://www.packtpub.com/virtualization-and-cloud/microsoft-system-center-data-protection-manager-cookbookThe book covers both basic content for DPM beginners but also more advanced design, configuration and deployments scenarios.Happy reading =)
During Ignite I had the great pleasure to talk to Lee Berg regarding information released on the two DPM sessions.If you have any questions or need help on Backup, Restore or Disaster Recovery design…let me know email@example.com
Interview regarding the Enterprise backup session @Ignite
Did an interview with Lee Berg regarding the session that is coming up at Ignite. In our session we will cover UR5 information, Custom Reporting, BaaS and Real-World Deployments. Happy viewing =)
Error 197 after applying UR5 for DPM 2012 R2
This is an issue with UR5, where Create\Modify\Delete on a PG with Clustered File Server datasources may fail with Error 197, or cause a console crash.Please use this workaround and see if it resolves the issue:Close the UI and all DPM servicesImportant: Take a full database backup of the DPMDB to a safe locationRun the SQL script on the DPM DB that is posted belowStart all DPM services, and open the UIThis issue may recur whenever the underlying volume of the File Server migrates across nodes o...
DPM 2012 R2 UR5 released
UR 5 has just been released and it is a really feature rich update rollup. Within this UR you have:Improved workload support regarding backup to AzureCustom ReportingOffline transfer of protected production data to AzureMultiple retention ranges for long term retention with Azure Backuphttps://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3021791Features that are implemented in this update rollupProtect SharePoint with SQL Server AlwaysOn configurationWith Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2012 R2 Data Protect...
Delivering sessions @ NIC conf
During this week I had the great pleasure to deliver two sessions on NIC in Norway. The first is regarding how to deliver BaaS, RaaS and DRaaS using Windows Server, System Center and Azure.The second one was Monitoring and Manage you datacenter…let’s get started.
Session @ TechX Azure
I had the great pleassure presenting a session regarding how to create a proactive monitoring concept, this session was delivered in Swedish.
The purpose of a backup network
The majority of the datacenters that are build up using the modern datacenter approach are committed to both redundancy but also smart designs regarding providing uptime for the hosted services.Providing a dedicated backup network that the backup traffic can use and rely on is a good strategy since it will offload the primary network architecture and not be dependent of the network hardware that builds up the production network.There are some prerequisites for enabling a backup network:Secondary...
This year starts of really great. For the fifth time I’m awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award (MVP) which im very honored of. I’m looking forward to be the community voice into the very internal core of Microsoft for another year but also provide close cooperation with my internal Product Group team members.
What can be improved?
I have had some interesting meetings with the Product Group managers at Microsoft regarding the development of Data Protection Manager also known as DPM. I’m very pleased that Microsoft are working very hard to make improvements to the product and that is the reason for me writing this blog post. I want to understand the community wishes regarding HOW Microsoft can improve the DPM software from two scenarios:The on-prem tape story. What do you think Microsoft should improve regarding tape m...
Almost done...work in progress
Dear readers, Laytley I have got some questions regardin if the new DPM book will be out and released this year, I have great news for you. I have only three chapters left to write of a total of 14 chapters. I will have my part done ASAP and then the great people who are reviewing my work will have their work done. The nice people at PacktPublishing will produce the book as soon as all the information is gathered and reviewed. Hang in there the book is comming, thank you for asking =)