Microsoft Dogfooding DPM

I saw a post today on my friend Yegor’s blog about Microsoft converting their entire internal data protection to DPM 2010. Here is Yegor’s post:|en&u= It is good to see Microsoft "Drinking the Kool-Aid" by relying solely on DPM. There is some really good data in this case study and shows the true savings … Read more

Protecting SharePoint 2010 with DPM 2010

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DPM 2010 is an optimal backup/restore application for SharePoint 2010. Here are a few reasons why DPM is a good solution for protecting SharePoint 2010:

  • DPM is aware that it’s backing up SharePoint. This means it knows about all the transactions that are occurring during backup and therefore you get a more consistent backup of the data.
  • DPM can protect SharePoint search.
  • Automatically protect new content databases when added to your SharePoint farm.
  • DPM is light with low I/O when it is backing up SharePoint getting only the changes during protection meaning your production environment will not take a performance hit.
  • DPM will let you perform item level restores of SharePoint objects such as SharePoint sites, documents, lists, and other objects.
  • One of the best reasons is that with the release of SharePoint 2010 a recovery farm is no longer required to perform restores, DPM 2010 takes full advantage of this feature so that you can perform a restore without a recovery farm right from DPM to your SharePoint.

Lets take a look at how you would start Protecting SharePoint 2010 with DPM 2010. Before you can backup SharePoint with DPM the configurations and prerequisites have to be met. We are going to cover these requirements as well as the steps to protect your SharePoint environments.

Here are the steps to start protecting your SharePoint environment.

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Migrating from DPM 2007 to DPM 2010

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With the DPM upgrade you will face some of the same issues as with the installation such as what are the prerequisites? is your operating system patched? and is DPM 2007 fully patched and ready for the upgrade? This article will walk you through each step of the DPM installation process during the first half and the DPM 2007 to DPM 2010 upgrade in the second half. After reading this article you should know what to look for when working through the prerequisites and requirements.

Migrating from DPM 2007 to DPM 2010

Microsoft has released an upgrade adviser tool for upgrading from DPM 2007 to DPM 2010. You will need to run this to see if your current DPM 2007 is ready for the upgrade. This is a tool that asks you a series of questions and it will give you the recommended steps to take in order to upgrade your DPM from 2007 to 2010. This tool is an excel file and can be downloaded at the following page:

Here are what the questions are and what the tool looks like:

Installing Data Protection Manager 2010

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Installing Data Protection Manager 2010

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Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 is a backup and recovery solution which provides continuous data protection for Windows application and file servers to seamlessly integrated disk, tape, and cloud.

The DPM installation as well as the upgrade process is pretty straightforward. The areas where the DPM installation can get tricky are prerequisites, hardware and software requirements, as well as making sure your operating system is properly updated and patched. All of these things need to be met or completed before you can start the DPM installation.

In this article by Steve Buchanan, author of Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010, shall cover the following topics:

  • Installing DPM
  • Installing Single Instance Store (SIS)
  • Installing DPM (on a local or remote SQL instance)


In this section we will jump right into the prerequisites for DPM and how to install them as well as the two different ways to install DPM. We will first visit the hardware and software requirements, and a pre-install that is needed before you are able to actually install DPM 2010.

Hardware requirements

DPM 2010 requires a processor of 1 GHz (dual-core or faster), 4 GB of RAM or higher, the page file should be set to 1.5 or 2 times the amount of RAM on the computer. The DPM disk space requirements are as follows:

  • DPM installation location needs 3 GB free
  • Database file drive needs 900 MB free
  • System drive needs 1 GB free
  • Disk space for protected data should be 2.5 to 3 times the size of the protected data

DPM also needs to be on a dedicated, single purpose computer.

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System Center Center Essentials 2010: Cannot initialize report.

When trying to access “Essentials Reports” in System Center Essentials (SCE) reporting you get this error: Cannot initialize report. This error is because your System Center “Run As” account does not have SQL select permission on the SUSDB database. To fix this you simply need to give this account the proper permission. To do this … Read more

Manually Update DPM Agent Version

— I have seen some questions on how to manually update DPM agent version in a few DPM forums.  PROBLEM: DPM has been upgraded but the Protected Server Agents have not been upgraded. In the DPM administrator console you do not have an option to upgrade the agent because the option is “greyed out”. SOLUTION: … Read more

Backing up QuickBooks Enterprise with DPM

Traditionally QuickBooks backup has been done manually using the backup utility that is built inside of QuickBooks itself or using the paid online backup service from Intuit. My company runs QuickBooks Enterprise and I needed a way to automatically back this up using DPM. Well you can automate the backup of QuickBooks using DPM but you have to be sure you are getting the right stuff.

You will need to set DPM to backup the QBW file along with some other folders and files. Here are the details:

  • QBW stands for QuickBooks Working file. This file is your QuickBooks data file and contains all of your QuickBooks data it is typically in the following folder %systemdrive%:\Quickbooks\ or %systemsrive%:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks version\. You may have changed this default folder during the installation of QuickBooks.
  • Transaction log – The Transaction log logs all changes to the company file before they are actually committed to the .qbw folder. This will be in the same folder as the QuickBooks company file the .qbw file. This file will be in this format: [company file name].qbw.tlg. This will need to be restored along with the .qbw file and placed in the same folder.

NOTE: The Transaction log is only cleared out when a complete backup of QuickBooks is run using the backup utility directly in QuickBooks. Backing up the files automatically with DPM will not clear this and the same is true if you were using Inuit Online Backups or another backup program. It is a good idea to go into QuickBooks periodically and run a backup using the backup utility so that your transaction log does not get to big.

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Hot off the Press: Data Protection Manager 2010

— Packt Publishing released my book on Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 today. Who’s it for? If you are a Network Administrator, System Administrator, Backup Administrator, Storage Administrator or IT consultant who wants to effectively back up your business data using Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010, then this book is for you. What’s it about? … Read more