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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Restore System State for Domain Controller using DPM 2010 or DPM 2012


In order for you to restore System State (which contain Active Directory) for domain controller, you need to recover System State using DPM 2010 or DPM 2012 to network share or DC Virtual Machine itself.

Let say for example:

I use DPM 2010 or DPM 2012 to restore System State to DC VM itself. Then you need to restart the DC to Directory Service Restore Mode (DSRM). To do that, press F8 when reboot. But sometimes, the VM boot up fast than you press the F8 key. Therefore, you can use the following method

GUI option

a) Go to Start > Run > Type msconfig.msc


b) Click on Boot tab, select Safe Boot on the Boot options and select Active Directory repair.

c) Click OK and select Restart to reboot into DSRM

d) Login using DSRM authentication

Command line option

bcdedit /set safeboot dsrepair

shutdown -t 0 -r

To recover System State:-

a) Share the folder (which contain System State) that you have restore using DPM

b) Open Windows Backup snap-in from Administrative Tools

c) Select Recover

d) On Recovery Wizard, select “A backup stored on another location” and click Next


e) On Specify Location Type page, select “Remote shared folder” and click Next


f) Enter share path


g) On Select Backup date, select the date and time before click Next,


h) On Select Recovery Type, select System State and Click Next


i) On Select Location for System State Recovery page, tick Original location and select Perform an authoritative restore of Active Directory files


j) On confirmation page, click Recover


Once restore complete, set to boot normally using command line before reboot the server.

bcdedit /deletevalue safeboot

shutdown –r –t 0

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Upgrade DPM 2007 to DPM 2012 RC


Product:- DPM 2007, DPM 2010 and DPM 2012 RC

Operating system:- Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1


a) I have DPM 2007 in my production environment. Here is the upgrade path to DPM 2010


Install DPM 2007 with DPM 2007 SP1 before upgrade to DPM 2010. To download DPM 2007 SP1:- Now you have DPM 2010, let look on how to upgrade to DPM 2012 RC

b) I have DPM 2010 and would like to upgrade to DPM 2012 RC ( RC still under testing and not a production build. Therefore it is NOT recommend to deploy in production environment. However you can test and play around the upgrade path)


Before upgrade, you are require to download QFE 3.To download DPM 2010 QFE Update 3:-

To download DPM 2012 RC:-;TEC_103_1_33

Once upgraded with the latest QFE, you can start to upgrade to DPM 2012 RC. The upgrade process is straight forward.

Note:- Before install QFE or install with Service Pack, it is recommended to backup the SQL database.

Screenshot of the upgrade:-


Related post about DPM 2012:-

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Restore Data From Tape Using DPM 2010


Product tested: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

Can i restore data which backup from primary site to another DPM server (which located in DR site)?


a) Perform Tape backup from Primary Site (site 1)

b) Transfer Tape to DR Site (Site 2)

c) Final action is restore data from tape which backup from Primary Site

The answer is “Yes”.

Instruction on how to achieve this:

a) Put the tape cartridge into tape library in DR Site

b) Re-catalog the tape. On the management tab, select the tape and select Re-catalog of imported tape


c) You will be able to see the content and protected data size after catalog the tape.


d) On the recovery tab, click on the label “External DPM Tapes”. From there you can recover any data which has been backup to tape.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Gong Xi Fa Chai / Happy Chinese New Year


On behalf of, i wish everyone “Happy Chinese New Year”




Thursday, January 19, 2012

Presentation: Hyper-V In Windows 8


Today we have System Center Universe Asia Pacific event at Microsoft Malaysia office. I have presented about Hyper-V in Windows 8.

Date: 19 January 2011 (GMT +8)

Time: 10.45 – 11.45 am

Attendance: 110+

Presentation Slide:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Announcing System Center 2012


Microsoft System Center 2012

Microsoft has just announced System Center 2012. To view Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud webcast, click here

To download entire System Center 2012 Release Candidate :-

Part of the System Center 2012 RC suite is:

  • System Center 2012 Unified Installer RC
  • System Center 2012 App Controller Beta
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC
  • System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager RC
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection RC
  • System Center 2012 Operations Manager RC
  • System Center 2012 Orchestrator RC
  • System Center 2012 Service Manager RC
  • System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager RC

To explore Microsoft Private Cloud solution:-

System Center 2012 datasheet:- Read More

New – System Center 2012 Licensing FAQ


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Starwind iSCSI SAN v5.8 and Hyper-V Backup Plug-in Released to Public



StarWind iSCSI SAN v5.8 and Hyper Backup Plug-in has just released to public, for more detail, please refer to press release and opportunities to win Ipad2 by joining the contest

Press Release:


Monday, January 16, 2012

Live Migrate VM on a Stand Alone Host


Product: Windows 8 Server Developer Preview


  • 2 stand alone Hyper-V Host
  • SMB Share using Windows 8

VM configuration file and VHD is located in File Server running SMB 2.2 in Windows 8.

From the above scenario, i can perform Live Migration of moving a virtual machine without setting up Hyper-V cluster.

1. Before Live Migrate, perform continuous ping to the VM running inside SMB 2.2


2. While the VM is up and running, perform Move action


3. On Choose Move Type, select Move Virtual machine on shared storage


4. Enter destination host computer name and click Next


5. Review the summary and click Finish


6. Just wait for a while and the VM has moved to next host without causing any downtime.


Only 1 request time out. This request time out happen due to ARP table changing.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

System Center Universe 2012 @ Malaysia


This will be the first of many events for System Center Universe 2012. This global event will start first, here in Malaysia!

Happening on January 19th, 2012 @ Microsoft Malaysia


See you there….

Friday, January 6, 2012

WDS Configuration on VMM 2012


Before you start to perform Hyper-V Host bare metal deployment using VMM 2012, you need to initialize WDS after you have added WDS roles.

After that, you need to configure PXE response

  • Respond to all client computers (known and unknown)
  • Check require administrator approval from unknown computers


Note:- Remember to add PXE server into VMM 2012 before start deploying.

Relevant steps that you need to perform next:-

Troubleshooting Bare Metal Deployment on VMM 2012


In order to identify the issue/problem that you encounter during bare metal deployment, you need to check the  VmmAgentPE.exe.log before reboot the server.


Press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt


navigate to x:\vmm folder and create a copy of vmmAgentPE.exe.log to x:\vmm\error.txt. Once it has successful create a copy, open the error.txt.


Read and identified the issue that you face.

Hope this give you a clear idea of why the bare metal deployment is failed when using VMM 2012. Good luck.

Bare Metal Deployment using VMM 2012 on Cisco UCS Server


Last year i’ve covered bare metal deployment on DELL R710 and i have blog about it in here. This round, i ‘m going to talk about on how to do bare metal deployment using Cisco UCS server which i just received for my R & D scenario.

Without wasting any time, let get started:-

Servers specification:-

  • Cisco UCS C210 M2
  • 2 X Intel CPU X5650- 2.66 Ghz
  • 2 X 146 GB HDD
  • 48 GB of Memory


1. Go to server BIOS and proceed to CIMC Configuration Utility.


2. Configure the following settings:-

  • Dedicated – Yes
  • CIMC IP Address
  • Default Password


3. Make sure CIMC NIC can be ping and access from browser. To test, browse to https:// Your CIMC IP


Login using the following authentication:-

  • username: admin
  • password: password

Here is the CIMC page


Now let move to VMM 2012.

1. Create Cisco UCS Profile

2. Provision host using VMM 2012

The following step will be simplify as previously i have blog the entire steps in here.

1. Open the Library workspace

2. On the profiles navigation pane, select host profile

3.Right click and create Host profile.

4.  Enter Profile name


2. Select VHD that you want to use.


3. Enter hardware configuration setting such as ip address, disk configuration and driver tagging.


4. Enter the rest of the configuration such as domain, password, timezone on the OS Configuration page.



Once complete configure the host profile, let move to provision a Hyper-V Host

1. Go to Fabric workspace

2. On the ribbon, click Add Resources and select Hyper-V Hosts and Clusters


3. On the resource location page, select physical computers to be provisioned as virtual machine hosts.


4. On the Credential and Protocol page, create a new Run As account:

  • Name: Cisco UCS
  • username: admin
  • password: password
  • Protocol : IPMI


5. On Discovery scope page, enter the CIMC IP Address


6. Select the provisioning options and specify the BMR Cisco UCS Host profile that you have created in earlier steps.


7. Enter deployment customization options and review the summary. Get the CIMC MAC address from CIMC Web page.



8. On the CIMC web page, launch KVM Console.



Now, let me go for my favourite coffee break “starbuck” while waiting for VMM 2012 to do Hyper-V Host deployment. Smile

StarWind V5.8 - Storage & Hyper-V VM Backup


Nowadays busy with work and no time to blog. Anyway, Starwind going to release a new product soon. So please feel free to check out


New StarWind V5.8 - Storage & Hyper-V VM Backup from one vendor!

  • on Tuesday, January 10
  • 4:00 PM GMT / 11:00 AM EST

StarWind iSCSI SAN V5.8 introduces a new powerful backup technology designed specifically for Hyper-V-based environments to provide fast backup and restore for virtual machines.

The key to protection of your virtualization investments is one solution with a rich feature set developed to help you achieve your IT goals easily. It is ONE ultimate answer to all your storage and data managing needs.

StarWind iSCSI SAN 5.8 provides:

Hyper-V Backup Plug-in

iSCSI Storage

  • Agentless Architecture
  • Backups stored in VHD format
  • Global Deduplication
  • Single-click Backup

100% stability and uptime

High Availability / Automatic Failover

Network Centralized Management

Network Centralized Management

Register now to learn more!

Here is the link for registration:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012


Hi visitor,

I would like to take this an opportunity to wish everyone “Happy New Year 2012”

We will continue to share more virtualization knowledge to everyone. Stay Tuned for more update!!!

From :-

Lai Yoong Seng (MVP Virtual Machine)

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