Thursday, October 6, 2011 3:30:00 PM
With the Beta release of DPM 2012, there is a new installation option for a DPM Central Console. This is very exciting as finally it is now possible to mange multiple DPM servers from one location, and what is also great is that the new central console utilises System Center Operations Manager as the management platform!!
The steps below outline how to install the server side and client side components to enable the DPM central console. The server side components need to be installed first on the Operations Manager server before the client components can work. The DPM management pack will ... read more
Thursday, January 13, 2011 3:30:00 AM
Further to my previous post on the DPM 2010 management pack, http://www.scdpmonline.org/dpm-2010-management-pack.aspx, I have noticed another configuration issue that I would urge you to override.
Within the DPM2010 MP is a discovery rule that discovers DPM data after the DPM server itself has been discovered. This discovery rule runs a VBS script to collect the data and by default it has a timeout value of 3 hours!!!! This is way too long!!!!
Most of the time the discovery script runs very quickly and if it doesn't, there is a problem on the DPM server. I would recommend overriding... read more
Thursday, January 6, 2011 11:45:00 AM
The Microsoft DPM 2010 management pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 was released a couple of months ago now and itt is available on this download page, http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=32077d99-618f-43d0-843d-4ba4f8019f84. It is also now available on the web service catalogue.
So what's new and improved in this MP? Well, there have been a number of significant improvements that have been detailed by Jonathan Almquist at... read more
Friday, August 13, 2010 1:15:00 PM
A query I often here is, "how can I accurately monitor DPM?", and this is actually more difficult than it sounds. If you only have one DPM server, it is quite easy to monitor the state of your backups directly but if you have hundreds of protected data sources across multiple DPM servers, you'll one one central place to monitor them. The logical place to perform this monitoring is in Operations Manager, especially as there is a DPM management pack for monitoring DPM, however there are a couple problems with this.
1. The Microsoft DPM management pack... read more
Friday, July 16, 2010 12:20:00 PM
We all know that one of the biggest frustrations of DPM is that each DPM server has to be managed individually as there is no central console. This also includes reporting and this can be an even bigger frustration as if you have more than one DPM server, you can’t get a single report displaying the status of the protection being provided for a given period.
Although this single report isn’t available in DPM, it is possible to create it in Operations Manager. If you have Operations Manager in your environment and you are using the DPM management pack to monitor and manage your DPM servers... read more
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 8:40:00 PM
The DPM 2010 management pack beta for System Center Operations Manager 2007 is now available on Microsoft Connect for download. I am in the process of reviewing this management pack so I will post more details soon. I will also be collecting feedback for the product team so if you have any feedback on this MP, please let me know.
This management pack has a different name from the current DPM 2007 MP so it will import along side the existing MP and will not update it.
Download the MP from... read more
Friday, February 12, 2010 3:00:00 PM
The DPM team recently posted a blog article that provided PowerShell scripts on automatically protecting new virtual machines in Hyper-V, original article at http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/archive/2009/12/03/hyper-v-protection-with-dpm-2010-beta-how-to-automatically-protect-new-virtual-machines.aspx. Basically there are two scripts but both essentially do the same thing, when run they look for any unprotected virtual machines and protects them, the only difference is that one is for clustered Hyper-V hosts and one is for stand alone Hyper-V hosts. Both scripts do exactly what they say they... read more
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
Thursday, June 4, 2009 1:00:00 AM
Performing general administrative DPM tasks can be quite time consuming so why not get Operations Manager to do them for you. As with most new products coming out of Microsoft, any administrative task (and generally a lot more) can be scripted in PowerShell which can allow for tasks to be easily actioned remotely and much more efficiently. Taking this one step further though, you can create tasks and rules in Operations Manager that use these scripts to give you one central point of administration.
As an example I will use the PowerShell script written by Kapil Malhotra which... read more