Tag: Data Protection Manager

System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 3 available

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Microsoft just releaed Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 SP1 which includes updates and fixes for Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager and App Controller.

Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 3

The Update Rollup 3 for Virtual Machine Manager includes fixes for 25 issues. The Update Rollup includes fixes for the Virtual Machine Manager Server, Console and Agent.

  • Virtual Machine Manager Administration Console Update (KB2858509)
  • Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2858510)
  • Virtual Machine Manager Guest Agent Update (KB2858511)

Which fix the following issues:



Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

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Microsoft released Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 which includes updates for the System Center Suite. Get more information about the Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 on support.microsoft.com.

 



Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

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Microsoft released Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 which includes updates for the System Center Suite. Get more information about the Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 on support.microsoft.com.



Using Windows Azure Backup Vault (Preview)

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Microsoft just announced the preview of Windows Azure Recovery Services which at the moment include Windows Azure Backup and Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager.

To use Windows Azure Backup you first have to enable the preview in your Azure Portal. After that you can create a new Backup Vault where you can store your data.

Windows Azure Recovery Services Backup Vault

After that you have to add a certificate to the Backup Vault. You can do this using this guy here: Upload certificates to the vault

The easiest way to do this for testing with the preview version is to create a self-signed certificate on the host you will register for the Windows Azure Online Backup.

  1. Download  Certificate Creation Tool (makecert.exe) from the TechNet Gallery or MakeCert is available as part of the Windows SDK,  which you can download  from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=84091.
  2. Open an elevated command prompt (with Administrator privileges) and navigate to the location where makecert.exe is stored. Then type:
    makecert.exe -r -pe -n CN=<certName> -ss my -sr localmachine -eku 1.3.6.1.5.5.7.3.2  -e 12/12/2015  -len 2048 <CertificateName>.cer
    The certificate will be created and stored in the same location.
  3. In the vault, click Manage Certificate to upload the .cer file, that contains the public key.

Windows Azure Online Backup Vault Certificate

After that you can upload the certificate to Windows Azure by using the Windows Azure Portal.

Windows Azure Online Backup Vault Management

After you have successfully uploaded the certificate you can now download the Windows Azure Online Backup agent. Make sure you pick the right one, you can download one for Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 – Data Protection Manager or an agent for Windows Server 2012 Essentials. The Agent for Windows Server 2012 is around 18MB.

Windows Azure Online Backup Agent Download Install the agent on the server you want to use for Windows Azure Backup. After the agent is installed on your system you can open the Windows Azure Backup Console and register your server. Here you have to select the created certificate and the Backup Vault you have created in the Windows Azure Portal.

Windows Azure Online Backup Register Server

After you finally registered your server you can now schedule a backup. At the moment you can do the following configuration settings in the preview.

  • Select folders and exclude file types
  • You can define backup times (at the moment maximum 3 times per day)
  • Choose the retention rate from 7, 15 or 30 days.

Windows Azure Backup Console

In the Windows Azure Portal you can see the Azure Backup Dashboard with more information about your servers and files.

Windows Azure Online Backup Dashboard

 



Windows Azure Recovery Services: Backup & Hyper-V Recovery Manager (Preview)

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Microsoft just released Windows Azure Recovery Services (Preview) for the features like Backup and Hyper-V Recovery Manager.

Windows Azure Backup (Preview) – This is your offsite backup to cloud solutions, which integrates in Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, or System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager. These tools provide similar experiences configuring, monitoring, and recovering backups whether to local disk or Windows Azure storage. After data is backed up to the cloud, authorized users can easily recover backups to any server.

Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (Preview) – This allows you to easily failover private clouds to a secondary datacenter- This feature integrates in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager and uses the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica technology to replicate your private cloud. It helps you to orchestrate datacenter failovers or recovery of virtual machines. The solution offers also the same features as Hyper-V replica but in a much bigger scale.

Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager

You can get more information here: Windows Azure Recovery Services



System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2 available

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Two weeks after the release of the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, Microsoft released the Community Technology Preview of System Center 2012 SP1 which brings support for the new features in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. The CTP2 includes System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1.

You can get the System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2 Downloads here:

File name Size
ConfigMgr_SCEP_2012_SP1_CTP_7743.exe 309.3 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_CTP2_AC.exe 14.9 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_CTP2_DPM.exe 1.9 GB Download
SC2012_SP1_CTP2_O.exe 64.6 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_CTP2_OM.exe 1.6 GB Download
SC2012_SP1_CTP2_SM.exe 361.8 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_CTP2_SPF.exe 6.1 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_CTP2_VMM.exe 772.3 MB Download

 

Get System Center 2012 SP1 CTP2 documentation.

More Information about Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.



System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server “8” Beta available

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Two weeks after the release of the Windows Server 8 Beta, Microsoft released the System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server “8” Beta. The CTP includes System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1.

You can get the Downloads here:

Get System Center 2012 SP1 CTP documentation here

More Information about Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server 8 Beta