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Update rollups for System Center 2012 R2 - DPM

Published: April 23, 2014

Updated: October 28, 2014

This topic summarizes update rollups for System Center 2012 R2 – DPM.

Update rollup 4 – October 2014

This update rollup fix includes:

  • Bugs listed in KB 3009516

  • Ability to protect SQL Server 2012 SP2 and SQL Server 2014.

  • Ability to run SQL Server 2012 SP2 as the DPM database.

  • Simplified registration process when running DPM with Azure Backup. For details see Configure Azure storage.

Update rollup 3—July 2014

This update rollup fix includes:

This update is available through Microsoft Update or by manual download You can download the package and find installation instructions in KB 2966014.

Scalable virtual machine backup

Update rollup 3 scales backups for Hyper-V virtual machines using Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) storage and scale-out file server storage. You can run a backup of up to 512 virtual machines on a single DPM server once a day with an SLA of at least 95%.

In order to use this feature you’ll need to install KB 2919355 on the Hyper-V host server. If you’re running Hyper-V in a cluster:

  • Upgrade the DPM agent to the latest version for DPM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 3 on all nodes of the cluster

  • Install KB 2919355 on each cluster node. You’ll need to restart the node after the installation.

Define backup and consistency check windows

When you scale up backup of virtual machines you need to be able to isolate backup and production windows to make best use of resources. Update rollup 3 allows you to create protection and synchronization windows for virtual machines only. You can create specific time windows that restrict start and finish times for backups and consistency checks. Pending unscheduled jobs outside the window will be cancelled, and in-progress jobs will be allowed to continue. For instructions see Configure backup windows for virtual machines.

Certification process

Update rollup 3 introduces a certification process for 3rd party tape devices over synthetic fiber channel-to-tape. This process is similar to the existing tape certification process for DPM.

Update rollup 2—April 2014

This update rollup includes:

  • Bug fixes listed in KB 2958100.

  • Support for protecting servers running Windows Server 2003.

  • Support for SQL Server 2012 databases deployed in a cluster that are configured to use AlwaysOn availability groups.

Known issues

  • After installing the protection agent on servers running Windows Server 2003 you might need to perform an agent refresh on the DPM server.

  • If you run the Uninstall Agents wizard to stop protection of a Windows Server 2003 server that is online, the wizard will fail with error 33241: “Microsoft .NET Framework 4 not installed on this computer”. If this occurs do either of the following:

    • On the protected server manually uninstall the DPM agent using Add/Remove Programs. Then on the DPM server open an elevated command prompt, navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\bin, and run command: Remove-protectionserver.ps1. Specify the FQDN of the protected server to remove the agent.

    • Alternatively, manually uninstall the DPM agent on the protected server, shutdown the Windows Server 2003 server or remove it from the network, then run the Unstall Agent wizard and select to remove the DPM record from the DPM database.

  • You’ll need to restart the DPM server after installing the update.

Set up protection for servers running Windows Server 2003

After you install the update rollup you’ll need to complete a few steps to start protecting servers running Windows Server 2003:

  1. Install the DPM protection agent on the Windows Server 2003 server. The installer is located on the DPM server as follows:

    • 64-bit agent—<DPMInstallationLocation>\DPM\agents\RA\4.2.1224.0\amd64\1033\DPMAgentInstaller_Win2K3_AMD64.exe

    • 32-bit agent—<DPMInstallationLocation>\DPM\agents\RA\4.2.1224.0\i386\1033\DPMAgentInstaller_Win2K3_i386.exe

  2. Open an elevated command prompt and navigate to location: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\bin.

  3. Run the command: SetDpmServer.exe –dpmservername [DPM_SERVERNAME]

  4. Attach the protection agent running on the Windows Server 2003 server to the DPM server using either of the following methods:

    • Run the Protection Agent Installation Wizard. On the Select Agent Deployment Method page select Attach Agents, and in the Select Computers page select the Windows Server 2003 server.

    • Alternatively, run this Windows PowerShell script on the DPM server: .\Attach-ProductionServer.ps1 <DPMServerName> <Production Server Name> <User Name> <Password> <Domain>. A password isn’t required.

As an alternative you can perform steps 1 to 3 with a silent install at an elevated command prompt: [Installer].exe /q [DPM_SERVERNAME] /IAcceptEULA. [DPM_SERVERNAME] is optional.

Update rollup 1—February 2014

This update rollup includes fixes for:

  • Error 0x80070057—This error occurs when a session is closed prematurely and is caused by a consistency check failure.

  • Slow SQL Server performance—This issue occurs when lots of concurrent calls to the SQL Server from the DPM console cause slow SQL Server performance. The DPM console runs out of connection and might hang or crash.

  • DPM console crash with error “Paths that begin with \\?\GlobalRoot are internal to the kernel and should not be opened by managed applications.

You can get update rollup 1 in Microsoft KB 2904687.

For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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