Friday, April 6, 2012

DPM reporting fails (after server reinstall)

Reinstallation of DPM with the same server name and database. For instance in the case of hardware replacement. Could lead to failing reports on the DPM server.


An error occurred during client rendering.

An error has occurred during report processing. (rsProcessingAborted)

Cannot create a connection to data source 'DLS'. (rsErrorOpeningConnection)

Cannot open database "DPMDB" requested by the login. The login failed. Login failed for user ‘%servername%\DPMR$%servername%.

After recovery of the DPM server to new hardware. The account ‘%servername%\DPMR$%servername%. doesn’t have the correct mappings for the DPM database.



  1. Connect to the MSDPM2010 instance using SQL management dtudio
  2. Expand Security then expand Logins; right-click %servername%\DPMDBReaders$%servername% and select properties
  3. Select User Mapping in the left pane; in the upper right pane, under "Users mapped to this login:" verify DPMDB is selected; In lower right pane, ensure db_datareader and public are both selected; click OK


  • An error has occurred during report processing. (rsProcessingAborted)
    • Cannot impersonate user for data source 'DPMReporterDataSource'. (rsErrorImpersonatingUser)
      • Log on failed. Ensure the user name and password are correct. (rsLogonFailed)
        • Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer

To resolve this error, you must ensure that the DPMReport account has the Allow log on locally user right.

To assign the Allow log on locally user right to the DPMReport account:

  1. In Administrative Tools, open Local Security Policy.

  2. Under Security Settings, expand Local Policies, and then click User Rights Management.

  3. In the details pane, right-click Allow log on locally and then right-click Properties.

  4. In the Allow log on locally Properties dialog box, click Add User or Group.

  5. In the Select Users, Computers, or Groups dialog box, click Locations, click the name of the DPM server, and then click OK.

  6. In the Select Users, Computers, or Groups dialog box, enter DPMReport, and then click OK.

  7. In the Allow log on locally Properties dialog box, click OK.

  8. In the details pane, right-click Deny log on locally and then right-click Properties.

  9. If the DPMReport account is listed, select DPMReport and then click Remove

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Microsoft Online Backup Service

With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft will launch a new online backup service. Code name Cloud Base Windows Backup. The new cloud based service for Windows Server “8”, which backs up your server’s files and folders to the cloud.

Windows Server “8” uses the downloadable Microsoft Online Backup Agent Windows Server Backup interface to offer this service..

Most important features

Feature Description
Simple configuration and management Microsoft Online Backup Service integrates with the  Windows Server Backup utility. Which provides a familiar interface.
Block level incremental backups Just like DPM, MS online backup is offering block level incremental. Only the changed blocks need to be replicated
Data compression, encryption and throttling The Microsoft Online Backup Agent ensures that data is compressed and encrypted on the server before being sent to the Microsoft Online Backup. Data is always stored encrypted in the cloud.
Data integrity is verified in the cloud. Automatically checked for integrity once the backup is done
Configurable retention policies for storing data in the cloud The retention range for the data can be configured from the client or by PowerShell.

Application data support
According to the information available this service offers only protection for files and folders. There is no support for application data yet. Therefore this is not a solution for Active directory, Exchange, SQL or Sharepoint backups.

Steps to get started

  • First step is to register and create a passphrase to encrypt the backups from the server
  • Set backup schedule. What should be in the backup, when should the backup run, for how long should the data be available?
  • Start the backup. This can be done manual or by the set schedule.

All above options are also available using Powershell

Recovering data
To recover data use the Microsoft Online Backup Service feature. As part of the Recover Data Wizard, you can choose the volume from where data needs to be restored and the date and time of the data to be restored.

Integration with System Center Data Protection Manager
The current release has no integration with SCDPM. Microsoft does not offer cloud storage for DPM.

Beta sign-up
You can sign up for the beta at:

Read more at Source:

Monday, April 2, 2012

System Center 2012 (Data Protection Manager) released

The System Center 2012 suite released and available for download today.

The suite will be officially announced at the Microsoft Management Summit on April 18th NZ time

This includes Virtual Machine Manager, App Controller, Operations Manager, Configuration Manager, Service Manager, Data Protection Manager, and Orchestrator, and all can be installed with the new Unified Installer.


If you have access to the Volume Licensing portal, TechNet subscriptions etc. the Suite should be available now for you to download.