Sunday, January 31, 2010 9:00:00 PM
I like using Operations Manager as a central console for DPM but there a few limitations of the current DPM management pack that prevent me from using Operations Manager as much as would like. This doesn't stop me though as by using PowerShell it is not difficult to get far more information into Operations Manager. The first thing I wanted was all my protection groups across all my DPM servers listed; here's how I did it.
Note: This will only work in Operations Manager 2007 R2 as it relies on the PowerShell discovery module.
First you will need to make sure you have the... read more
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 11:59:59 PM
Want to see videos on how to use DPM or how DPM works?
Well you can see all the MS videos at TechNet Edge, just follow this link http://edge.technet.com/Tags/DPM/. This link will display everything tagged with DPM so if any new videos are published, they should appear on this page !
MVP System Center Operations Manager
Monday, January 18, 2010 1:00:00 PM
Data Protection Manager is a great product but one of its shortcomings is that you can only run the DPM console on the DPM server. However, with Server 2008 Terminal Services or Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services it is possible to publish the console so it is accessible from a PC. What's great about this is that the console link can be published in a users Start menu so to them it looks like a standard application. It's also possible to publish the app through TS Web Access but I will be demonstrating how to publish the console to a users start menu.
The steps below outline ... read more
Monday, January 18, 2010 10:34:28 AM
During the DPM 2010 RC webcast last Thursday, there were loads of questions posted which the team at MS did a great job at answering. Unfortunately the questions were coming in so thick and fast it wasn't possible to keep up with them all. Luckily enough though, here they all are:
Question: Will there be any limitations on how much data and retention period with Dpm Online to Windows Azure?
Answer: Still in limited Beta.
Question: will there be a better possibilities in DPM 2010 to import and catalog tapes of which the retention date is expired?
Answer: Recatalog flows... read more
Friday, January 15, 2010 10:00:00 AM
Yesterday evening I attended the "Get Ready for System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Release Candidate" webcast presented by Microsoft Senior Technical Product Manager, Jason Buffington. It was a great webcast with over 300 attendees that highlighted all the improvements that have been made on DPM 2007 and all that is new in DPM 2010. Jason also had a superb team in the background who did a great job answering the hundreds of questions that were posted to them. Job well done all round I'd say !
I was all ready to post an overview this morning of everything in... read more
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 5:15:00 PM
As there is no central console for managing multiple Data Protection Manager servers, I like to use PowerShell wherever possible when performing DPM tasks. Recently I had the need to restore a share so what better time to write another script. :-)
There is a good script at http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ScriptCenter/en-us/68f52621-2086-40ed-905b-60c9eabe6337 which will restore all shares and volumes within a protection group to a network share but what if you want to just recover a single share. To do this you need to make use of the RecoveryPointForShares parameter with the... read more
Monday, January 4, 2010 8:59:33 PM
Chris Whitehead, who is a Premier Field Engineer for SharePoint in the UK and a fan of DPM, recently posted a series of blogs on SharePoint and DPM. I recommend you take a look, here is the link.
If you're protecting SharePoint, this is well worth looking at !
MVP System Center Operations Manager