Category Archive: System Center

Feb 18 2015

Restoring failed Active Directory Domain Controllers

Just when you think everything is going well, disaster happens, and one or more of your domain controllers gets offline. This can happen due to a hard disk crash, a bad network card, file system corruption or corruption of the Active Directory database. Even if you have good backups somewhere on the shelf that’s only …

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Jun 16 2014

Upgrading from SCVMM 2008 R2 to SCVMM 2012 R2

Hi there, me again. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 is out for quite some time now and you are thinking to upgrade your VMM 2008 infrastructure. Don’t rush it, because the upgrade path is not done with just a few clicks. Microsoft made sure this process will be confuse for admins, and I …

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Apr 06 2014

Configuring Distributed Key Management (DKM) in VMM 2012

Before we start digging into the practice stuff, I want to put some theory here so you can at least make an idea what Distributed Key Management or DKM is and why do you need to know how to configure it. VMM encrypts some of the data in the VMM database like the administrator passwords, …

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Aug 18 2013

Backing up Domain Controllers using Windows Server Backup and DPM

This is happening people ! Domain controllers need backups, like any other server in your infrastructure, even if they replicate with one another. Backing them up is an easy job, but you need to know what kind of backups you need to perform. I know you just want to create an image server backup of …

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Feb 24 2013

Restoring Exchange 2010 Mailbox Databases using DPM 2012

I know is bad when something in your infrastructure fails, and email is the worse one. All users start screaming, and calling that they can’t work anymore and can’t see their emails. Now, I like to think that I’m right, and you already have a backup of your Exchange databases, or this is not going to work. …

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Nov 24 2012

Backup Exchange 2010 Mailbox Databases with DPM 2012

Because you don’t want to lose your users mailboxes in the case of a server crash, you started thinking about backup. If DPM 2012 is your way to go, then read on, and I’ll show you how to backup those Exchange Mailbox servers. Using DPM you will have continuous protection of your data because transaction …

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Oct 21 2012

Installing Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2012 Agents

Before you can actually start to backup on your remote machines you need to install the DPM agent on those machines; and I’m talking about Windows machines. Right now DPM can’t backup Linux or other form of OS besides Windows using the built it agents, but there are some tricks over the internet on how …

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Aug 12 2012

Adding Hyper-V hosts to System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012

Adding Hyper-V hosts to VMM 2012 it’s not a difficult process. All you have to do is to follow some wizard steps and you are good to go. I this article I will guide you trough the steps of adding some Hyper-V hosts in VMM 2012.

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Jun 24 2012

Adding Disks and Tape Libraries to DPM 2012

To be able to use DPM after the installation, you need to add some disks and tapes on your server, to keep the backups. Without storage DPM is useless. Since I can’t afford a SAN, I will use for this demonstration an iSCSI connection from iSCSI StarWind Target. If you want more information about StarWind …

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May 06 2012

Installing System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012

I was anxious for the latest version of VMM, so I taught I’ll give it a try here. For those of you that are still using VMM 2008 or 2008 R2 this new version will be so much different, especially on the GUI part. I never had time to really test it and see how …

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