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
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 11:25:00 AM
With DPM2012 Beta recently becoming publicly available, I thought I would share my installation experiences. There are few components to DPM2012 that can be installed, but in this post I wil focus on installing just the DPM server.
After downloading the media, run "setup.exe" from the DPM2012_BETA_FullBuild folder.
When the spash screen opens, click Data Protection Manager under the Install heading. Usually I would suggest running the pre-requisite checker first, however this does not work in this Beta build.
As usual with MS products, the screen you'll be presented with is the... read more
Friday, May 7, 2010 10:15:00 AM
I was recently reviewing the hardware recommendations for DPM2010 on TechNet, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff399280.aspx, to make sure there are no radical changes . Whilst reviewing I noticed that the minimum page file requirement is greater than the recommended page file size.
0.2 percent of the combined size of all recovery point volumes, in addition to the recommended size (generally, 1.5 times the amount of RAM on the... read more
Thursday, May 6, 2010 4:35:00 PM
The newly released version of Data Protection Manager is only supported on Server 2008 x64 or Server 2008 R2; if you are deploying on Server 2008 x64 you need to make sure you have these three patches installed before you install DPM2010.
"FIX: You are prompted to format the volume when a formatted volume is mounted on a NTFS folder that is located on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista (KB971254)
Dynamic disks are marked as "Invalid" on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista when you ... read more
Thursday, April 29, 2010 8:40:00 PM
Jason Buffington, Senior Product Manager for DPM, has announced the release of the DPM upgrade advisor. Here is the post with all the details, http://blogs.technet.com/jbuff/archive/2010/04/29/now-available-dpm-upgrade-advisor.aspx.
Jason also answers some of the most common asked questions as well, like "when will the full DPM2010 product be available?" and "when will it be available on TechNet and MSDN?". However, the most common question I have seen asked is "will I be able to upgrade from the DPM2010 eval to the full product?", and this question is answered in the upgrade advisor.... read more
Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:24:03 PM
Visiting a number of customers recently I have noticed that many were experiencing abnormally high CPU usage on their DPM servers. All the servers were well spec'd and easily had the resources to deal with the load put on them, but still there was extremely high CPU usage being experienced. It was particularly bad when performing any kind of administration using the DPM console on the affected server.
After performing a number of investigative tasks which didn't help me diagnose the problem, I found that SQL was patched to SP2 on the servers experiencing this issue. ... read more
Friday, February 20, 2009 4:59:08 PM
Are you new to DPM or want to learn the fundamentals? If you are, here is a good technical introduction from the DPM team at Microsoft.
I strongly reommend taking an hour and watching the video. Happy viewing !