Data Protection & High Availibility – upcoming new features – Part 2

Microsoft announced different cool features at the TechEd 2014 in Barcelona and I needed some time to get into all the cool new stuff.
Especially the tracks of Data Protection and High Availability got me.
There are major and minor changes with Hyper-V, Data Protection Manager and Azure which makes life easier and HA/DP better.

Here’s a series of conclusions of the changes and new features from all over different sessions.

2. A new Reporting Framework

Another missed thing, is an accurate and reliable reporting feature.
At the moment DPM doesn’t have good reports especially for environments with more than one DPM server.
The reporting engine is only usable for one single server for example.
I’m sure you really desperate to get something better.

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Deduplication and virtualized backup – new supported scenario

Update 18.11.2014

The needed Update KB3000850 to get the support, mentioned at the TechEd Barcelona 2014 Session about VDI, is coming across.
It’s included in the November 2014 update with roughly 700 megs.
You can find it via Windows Update or here.

Deduplication and virtualized backups were announced as new supported scenario at the TechEd 2014 embedded in a VDI and Deduplication session.

Windows Server Data Deduplication at Scale: Dedup Updates for Large-Scale VDI and Backup Scenarios

Actually it’s nothing new, it was basically working already and I’ve been doing this since the early days of preview 2012 R2.
But now it’s officially supported by Microsoft.

The basic idea is to lay down all backup VHDX made by DPM Server on Scale-Out-Fileservers.
So the SOF can do exactly the same what like in a VDI environment and dedup all the drives.
I can totally agree with dedup rates above 50% and up to 80% in real world scenarios.

creating Recovery Points fail after updating to System Center 2012 R2 UR4 – Connection to VMM lost/refused

Two days ago the final release of UR4 for SCDPM 2012 R2 came around. There’s still no deduplication support available but this isn’t the point right now. If you use Uninterrupted Data Protection with Virtual Machine Manager, you may encounter the same error as me:

Description:    DPM was unable to establish a connection with the Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) server.
Server name: 

SCMVMM-01.
Exception Message: Type: System.ServiceModel.EndpointNotFoundException, Message: Could not connect to 

net.tcp://dpm-03.contoso.com:6070/VmmHelperService/TcpEndpoint. The connection attempt lasted for a time span of 

00:00:05.0829204. TCP error code 10061: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it 

[IPv4/IPv6 Adress]:6070.  (ID 33400)

For whatever reason most of the DPM Servers I already updated forgot what they have been doing for months.

Re-establishing the connection helped.

Set-DPMGlobalProperty -DpmServerName  <DPMServerName> -KnownVMMServers <VMMServerName>