(Hopefully) Useful Information on Microsoft System Center, Hyper-V and Cloud

System Center Universe 2016 – Europe

Berlin

This post I have written while sitting in Berlin Tegel airport waiting for my flight home after another great System Center Universe conference.   It was another three days of great informative technical sessions, all presented by experts who didn’t just know the subject matter in theory, they all have masses of real world experience.   Whether you are moving to the cloud, or still on-premises, or somewhere in between, there were sessions.. Read More

System Center 2012 R2 – UR9 Released!

Hot off the Press

Yesterday, UR9 for System Center 2012 R2 was released and is now available.  It brings fixes and features to Operations Manager, Service Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, SPF and WAP.  The descriptions and download links for the updates are available here, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3129757. Happy updating!! David

SCOM / DPM – NTFS reported the logical disk is in error or corrupt

FaultyDisk

One of the monitors provided by the core operating system management packs in SCOM checks NTFS disks for errors or corruption, and alerts appropriately….. Alert: NTFS reported the logical disk is in error or corrupt. Source: C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\DPM\DPM\Volumes\Replica\SqlServerWriter\vol_6e3fa29a-eeaf-4c3f-b9cc-ab4678d4ec72 Path: XYZ.ABC.COM Last modified by: System Last modified time: 27/11/2015 09:07:30 Alert description: NTFS on the logical disk C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\DPM\DPM\Volumes\Replica\SqlServerWriter\vol_6e3fa29a-eeaf-4c3f-b9cc-ab4678d4ec72 has reported that some.. Read More

System Center 2012 R2 – UR8 Released!

Out Now

For those that missed it, UR8 for System Center 2012 R2 is now available and brings fixes and features to Operations Manager, Service Manager, Orchestrator, Virtual Machine Manager, SPF and WAP.  The descriptions and download links for the updates are available here, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3096378. However, the Service Manager UR seems to be missing from this page but is available here, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3096383. Happy updating!! David

DPM – Error Code Catalogue on TechNet Wiki

TechNet Wiki

Hi All, Just a quick post to all you that work with DPM… If you weren’t already aware, the error code catalogue for DPM is now on TechNet Wiki!!! http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/24613.system-center-data-protection-manager-error-codes.aspx Why is this worth posting, I hear you ask???  Because, with it being on the TechNet Wiki, you are able to update it with your findings when receiving errors.  There have been plenty of complaints in the past that errors.. Read More

DPM – Issues with Tape Library Sharing

Backup Tapes

Although Microsoft would like everyone to be backing up their data to Azure from DPM, the reality is that most organisations still feel more comfortable with the traditional backup to tape. I’m sure this will change over time, but this is where most people are at the moment. This means that DPM has to be able to protect to tape, which it can do, but typically these days a tape library.. Read More

SCU Europe – Day 1

SCU at Congress Center

Today was the first day of SCU Europe, and it was a great day all round.  All the sessions I attended were informative, the keynote was fun and the people were great! First up we had the keynote by Marcel Zehner who really got all the attendees excited for the event, and injected a bit of fun with getting us to use our glow sticks… “Scream for country and wave your.. Read More

DPM – Protecting SQL with Log Shipping

  DPM is a great tool for protecting SQL Server databases for many reasons, but one in particular is that it can provide protection down to every 15 minutes.  By backing up the transaction log every 15 minutes, a SQL database can be restored to virtually any point in time, which is extremely useful, and has saved me on a number of occasions. One of the issues with protecting SQL.. Read More

DPM 2012 R2 Installation Error 811

During the installation of System Center 2012 R2 – Data Protection Manager, you may experience a failure and receive event ID 811:     As is often the case with these installation errors, the information provided doesn’t really give you much to on, plus the DPM error code catalogue had no information and neither did perusing articles after a Bing search.  With this, I had to open up the DPM install.. Read More