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?

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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 provides offsite storage of DPM data to Iron Mountain’s…

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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 of Storage-as-a-Service solutions for backup and archiving, today announced a…

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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 term protection…

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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 directly restore mailboxes or…

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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 12:00:00 AM” And: “foreach ($f in [Enum]::GetValues([System.Environment+SpecialFolder])) {"{0,-20} – {1}" -f $f, [Environment]::GetFolderPath($f)…

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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 protect the SCR target which has implications for…

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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 which it might be useful…

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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 resilience. One advantage…

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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 CCR…

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