Who watches the watcher, are you protecting the DPM server?


imageThe army of operational specialists with company owned vehicles, funny working hours, running around to varying schedules?  Well that role has dwindled with disk based solutions but the human role of watching over the software-driven electronic data guardians remains.

At some point your data protection solution may have some an incident more serious than a common disk or tape drive failure.  If and when this happens, you may not be able to protect or recover systems and data.

Being proactive and monitoring the DPM hardware and the status of your DPM Database backup will give you a heads up on your protection solutions status.


DPM Status report

If you have not already, someone should receive a scheduled Status report which informs you of….

“all recovery points for a specified time period, lists recovery jobs, and shows the total number of successes and failures for recovery points and disk-based and tape-based recovery point creations. This report shows trends in the frequency of errors that occur and lists the number of alerts“.


and in the last section


If the Protection Status displays “Is not being protected” and you know you have not put something in place, you should look into backing up your DPM database and ensuring it’s going somewhere other than on your primary DPM Server.

There is a DPM backup tool available to provide an instant backup, however it’s not going to clear that report status.

Quickfix Using DPMBackup.exe

  1. At the command prompt, run DPMBackup.exe -db, located at Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\bin.
  2. In the console tree of the backup program, browse to Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\Volumes\ShadowCopy\Database Backups. The file name of the DPM database backup is DPMDB.bak.
  3. Move this file to a safe location

To clear the report status you will need to create a protection group that will backup up the local or remote DPM database.  For instructions and best practice look here – Backup of DPM Servers

Once you have your backups the Protection Status in the report should change to “Is being protected”


So hopefully your are or another is watching your data guardian which in turn is watching your estate.

For information on monitoring DPM – Methods for Monitoring DPM

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Posted on December 15, 2010 at 1:25 am by Ronnie · Permalink
In: Data Protection Manager