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  • Blog Post: DPM in Paperback…

    Just found this DPM book:  ‘ Mastering System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 ’ by Devin L. Ganger (Author), Ryan Femling (Author) [..both 3Sharp, LLC] Has anyone read it?  Is it any good for Exchange?
  • Blog Post: IronMountain CloudRecovery webcast…

    Following on from the recent announcement on CloudRecovery for DPM from IronMountain ( Backup your DPM data into the cloud…? ) the DPM blog has just announced a webcast on the subject… ( here! ) “ Iron Mountain has recently announced the availability of CloudRecovery for Microsoft DPM. This new service...
  • Blog Post: Strategic alliance announced in the NY Times

    “ Iron Mountain Digital and Microsoft Work Together to Deliver Cloud-based Backup and Recovery Solution for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 ” ..announced in the NY Times last week. “Iron Mountain Digital, the technology arm of Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) and the world's leading provider...
  • Blog Post: Backup your DPM data into the cloud…?

    This is a smart idea…  The DPM UI can be used in conjunction with Iron Mountain CloudRecovery to backup your data into the cloud.  For protecting Exchange Server this means that you could use short term protection of your databases to disk via DPM as you might normally do, but instead of longer...
  • Blog Post: Couple of DPM Podcasts on edge.technet.com…

    DPM 2007 SP1 -- how to do individual item restore for Exchange “This video continues the series of feature-level podcasts on DPM 2007, this week focusing on Exchange Server and item level restore. While DPM 2007 natively protects Exchange Storage Groups, and restores both SG's and DB's -- it does not...
  • Blog Post: Powershell, DPM and Virtualisation – some great blogs…

    Powershell Explore Your [Environment] on the Windows Powershell blog, written by Jeff Snover.  The article takes a bit of reading but has a great walk through of using Powershell to invoke the System.Environment .Net class.  For example: “ [Datetime]::Today Saturday, December 13, 2008 12:00...
  • Blog Post: DPM SP1

    Earlier this month Microsoft announced DPM Service Pack 1.  Some pretty significant updates particularly around Windows 2008 and Hyper-V.  For example using a combination of Hyper-V and DPM for branch offices is a pretty decent solution I think. For Exchange the main update is the ability to...
  • Blog Post: How quick's it going to take to backup and restore Exchange data with DPM?

    One of the most often asked, and most difficult to answer, questions concerning Microsoft System Centre Data Protection Manager (dpm) is how long will it take to backup and restore data...  As you'd expect the answer is 'it depends'.  So I thought I'd provide an example from my own experience...
  • Blog Post: Continuous Replication, Site Resilience & decision making processes...

    The ability to continue to provide a full service to your user community in the unlikely event of the loss of a datacentre is an increasingly common requirement. The use of Continuous Replication (CCR and SCR) with Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 is an obvious choice in providing data availability and site...
  • Blog Post: Site resilience with both DPM secondary's AND SCR targets...?

    Let's say I have two data centres and a requirement that in the event of the loss of the primary data centre I can restore the messaging service with minimal downtime and minimal data loss.  The decision is made to use SCR.  I have also however deployed DPM for short term protection of the...
  • Blog Post: Providers, Requestors, Writers? Some VSS Basics...

    Have been researching some basics of VSS and thought I would put together a quick diagram to show how the different bits fit together.. This is largely based on the generic VSS information I found at MSDN here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa381504(VS.85).aspx Hope this makes things a bit...
  • Blog Post: My DPM article on 'You Had Me At EHLO' generated a number of comments...

    I recently posted an article to the Exchange Team site here - ' Protecting Exchange data with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) ' and received a number of comments. I thought I would discuss some of the issues here on my blog rather than with such a wide audience on 'You Had Me At...
  • Blog Post: But I only want to restore a single mailbox...

    I'm using DPM to backup my Exchange data and I want to restore a single mailbox only. Is that possible?  This is a pretty common question at the moment and the answer is of course Yes .  However DPM takes volume snapshots using VSS and so you will need to restore an entire volume set (i.e....
  • Blog Post: My 1st DPM blog needs updating...

    I wrote a blog some time ago deconstructing the calculations within the DPM Storage Calculator.  This is the blog: ' A closer look at the DPM 2007 Storage Calculator... '  The Storage Calculator has been updated and you can get the details here: ' Data Protection Manager 2007 Storage Calculator...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Exchange data with DPM

    Microsoft System Centre Data Protection Manager (DPM) is one of the suite of System Centre products to be released last year. DPM offers a new approach to backing up our Exchange data and introduces a number of new alternatives to traditional approaches to backup, particularly when used alongside Exchange...
  • Blog Post: A closer look at the DPM 2007 Storage Calculator...

    *Please note that the storage calculator has been updated since this blog was released and so some of the calculations in the blog may need to be altered. I'll post the updates as soon as I can... The DPM 2007 Storage Calculator for Exchange Server was released last year and the blog that accompanied...
  • Blog Post: Backup solutions for Exchange 2007... (4)

    Continuing on from previous blogs in this series; 'Backup solutions for Exchange 2007' , 'Backup solutions for Exchange 2007... (2)' and 'Backup solutions for Exchange 2007... (3)' in which I discussed some of the options for backing up standalone mailbox role servers with or without LCR and CCR enabled...
  • Blog Post: Backup solutions for Exchange 2007... (3)

    Just to continue on from previous blogs; 'Backup solutions for Exchange 2007' and 'Backup solutions for Exchange 2007... (2)' , in which I discussed some of the options for backing up standalone mailbox role servers with or without LCR enabled, I now need to move on to the options for the next design...
  • Blog Post: Backup solutions for Exchange 2007... (2)

    Just to continue on from a previous blog on 'Backup solutions for Exchange 2007' in which I discussed some of the options for backing up Standalone Mailbox Role Servers I need to move on to the options for the next design which is as follows: Design 2 - Standalone Mailbox Role Server with LCR enabled...
  • Blog Post: DPM Calculator.....

    This has been advertised a lot recently but thought it was worth a quick post. The calculator is available here: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/archive/2007/10/31/data-protection-manager-2007-storage-calculator.aspx and is based on the Exchange 2007 Mailbox Storage Requirements Calculator . **Just a quick...
  • Blog Post: Do we actually need to backup our Exchange data anymore?

    A number of administrators are currently reconsidering their approach to backing up their Exchange Servers. In large implementations the costs associated with traditional backups are considerable and the emergence of disk based backups using products such as DPM has stimulated more debate. A lot of companies...
  • Blog Post: DPM at TechReady

    At TechReady 5 this week... Big highlight for me is the DPM stuff for Exchange. Thought I'd share some of the features that Jason Buffington shared with us. Manual first seed. The first time you set up a protection for an Exchange Storage Group you can manually copy the database and transaction logs...
  • Blog Post: E2K7 Backup and Recovery with DPM

    Beta 2 of the 'System Center Data Protection Manager 2007' was released recently and is available for download from microsoft.com It's Microsoft's backup and recovery solution and will be tightly integrated with Exchange 2007 and 'System Centre Operations Manager 2007' (currently MOM) so that you can...
  • Blog Post: Backing up CCR\LCR and E2K7

    One of the advantages of using CCR and\or LCR is the ability to offload the backups to the passive copy of your data. It means that you don't have to take the same performance hit (particularly important if you are running a 24-hour operation) and it also means that your IS maintenance doesn't get interrupted...
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