Tag Archive: Data Protection

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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Oct 14 2012

Creating a DHCP Failover Cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2

I know is frustrating when the DHCP server fails, all your network is down, been there. That’s why is recommended to have a fault tolerant DHCP service, so in case one of the DHCP servers fails, the other one takes the job.

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Aug 19 2012

Configuring iSCSI Multipathing (MPIO) in VMware vSphere 5

If you want your iSCSI storage that is connected to your ESXi hosts to be highly available you will need to configure multipathing. With multipathing if one network component such as a switch, cable, or network adapter fails the traffic is redirected to another path. Besides path failover, multipathing provides load balancing, meaning it will …

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Aug 16 2012

Configuring Live Migration on Hyper-V 2008 R2

Live Migration is a Hyper-V 2008 R2 feature that allows you to move running virtual machines from one cluster node to another without downtime. In my tests I had only one request time out during migration and sometimes none. This is more than acceptable, because users or application will not even notice this time out. …

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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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Jun 23 2012

Creating a Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster

I hear you…you want your SQL, DHCP, Hyper-V or other services to be highly available for your clients or your internal users. They can be if you create a Windows Failover Cluster and configure those services in the cluster. By doing that if one of the servers crashes the other(s) one will take over, and …

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Apr 15 2012

Installing System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) 2012

The new version of DMP brings us a new interface, and new goodies; backups are going faster, we have centralize monitoring, remote console, role based administration and other new and improved stuff. For full details about what’s new please visit this site. In this guide we are going to take care of the installation of …

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Feb 26 2012

Adding Disks and Tape Libraries to DPM 2010

Now that you have your DMP server installed, the next thing to do, is to add disks for your backups. You can use DAS (Direct Attached Storage) which are hard drives connected directly to your DPM server, iSCSI which is storage accessed through the network, Fiber Channel LUNs which is storage accessed trough fiber optic …

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Jan 19 2012

Creating and configuring an Exchange 2010 Database Availability Group (DAG)

Those of you that come from Exchange 2007 will love the way High Availability for databases are done in Exchange 2010. No more Single Copy Clusters (SCC),  Standby Continuous Replication (SCR), Local Continuous Replication (LCR), or Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR), is only Database Availability Group or DAG. Exchange database and log files are replicated over …

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Jan 06 2012

Installing Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) 2010

You have an Active Directory environment, you have Exchange, and some Sharepoint servers, and now you started thinking about backup. Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM from now on) is the right product for you. Now I don’t want to give DPM a 10, because better backup and recovery products exist out there, but for …

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