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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

5Nine Cloud Backup for Hyper-V


Well, in today article we will explore on 5Nine Cloud Backup which just release to public.

The newly released 5nine Cloud Backup Monitor for Hyper-V is a part of 5nine Cloud Manager for Hyper-V that includes 5nine Cloud Backup, Monitor, Anti-Virus and Virtual Firewall for Hyper-V.

Product review: 5Nine Clod Backup ver 1.0

Came with two edition : commercial and FREE (limited to backup Virtual Machine at a time). I have downloaded the FREE edition and play around with it.

Well, the product is using image based backup: mean backup the whole VM and restore the entire VM. A straight forward product and easy to use.


a) Add Hyper-V Host (either standalone or cluster Hyper-V)

b) Click on Backup  to create backup job and select Virtual Machine that you want to backup. Since it is FREE edition, then you just select a VM and select backup. For next VM, wait till the 1st VM has complete the backup.

c) For Restore, easy as well. Click the Restore button.


Simple yet powerful product to get virtual machine to backup. 

Download :-

Media Co-location in DPM 2012


Media co-location has exist since DPM 2010. It allow you to group multiple protection group when in the same retention range into the same tape. In DPM 2010, this feature only can achieve using command-line (rather than GUI) and user cannot specify which protection group to be part of the tape co-location. A lot of customer has raised concern and mentioned that it is not efficient in term of tape usage. Below screenshot is showing backup of VMM data and each tape store few MB. This has resulted wastage of tape resources.


DPM 2012 will allow administrators to co-locate multiple protection groups to one tape or set of tapes. In other words, tapes can be shared, which increases the products overall efficiency.

Click on the Optimize Usage in the ribbon


You can create a new Tape Co-location or add several protection group into 1 co-located tape.


Click Modify to modify existing sets and i have added VMM Backup and DPM Database as the one co-location sets.


When backup to tape occur, DPM will use the same shared tape. Here is the tape content when backup VMM data and DPM database into the tape:-



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Encrypt Data to Tape in DPM 2012


Today we are going to look into how to secure the data store into tape. To encrypt the data store in tape, you need to have a valid certificate. When configure tape select “Encrypt Data”


Below screenshot is the error message when you’re trying to backup data to tape. The job will fail because it did not detect certificate under DPMBackupStore Store under Certificate snap-in.


To resolve this issue, use any computer with IIS snap-in. Create a self signed certificate.

Below is the screenshot, on how to create a self signed certificate.


Provide a certificate name. Example: DPMCert


Once the self signed certificate has created, export the certificate and transfer to DPM 2012 Server.


In the DPM 2012 Server, open mmc snap-in and add Certificate snap-in. Import the certificate to DPMBackupStore Store. DPM will use these certificates to encrypt data. You can store multiple certificates there if you want DPM to create a key by using more than one certificate.


When your certificates expire, you must move them into the DPMRestoreStore folder in the Certificate Store. This ensures that you can recover the expired certificates from an encrypted tape by using a certificate that is no longer active.

After import the certificate, you can re-run the job to tape the tape and now you will be able to encrypt data to tape.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Microsoft Cloud Based Technologies Learning


Dear visitor,

Expand your existing skills and acquire new skills on Microsoft’s cloud technologies including: Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Exchange Online, Windows Azure, Windows Intune, Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft System Center 2012 and SQL Azure.

Microsoft has made available over 30 learning resources to enable you to explore these technologies, including: eBooks, E-learning clinics, short videos (a.k.a. learning snacks), and classroom training courses.

Many of these valuable resources are FREE. To name a few:

  • · Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (eBook)
  • · Introduction to SQL Server 2012 (eBook)
  • · Microsoft® Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Anywhere, Anytime (eBook)
  • · Introducing Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 (learning snack)
  • · SQL Server 2012: Cloud on Your Terms (learning snack)
  • · Introduction to Microsoft Windows Azure Platform (learning snack)

Microsoft’s cloud-based technologies are relevant to specific job roles. Start here

To understand more, check out the Microsoft Learning Cloud Brochure. Click here 

Thank you, and good luck!

Lai (Founder

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Replication using Veeam Backup and Replication 6 for Hyper-V Part 2


On previous post, we have covered about the replication configuration. Now let us continue Part 2 which focus on failover and fallback. Before that, let have a look when problem occur during replication.

Replication failed status when DR connection is down. (Click on Job | Select Replication | Right click and select Real-time statistic)


To get more detail about the replication issue, you can generate a HTML report. Failed job is displayed in pink colour. (Click on Job | Select Replication | Right click and select Report)


If replication fail, the system will perform retry on next schedule.

Below screenshot has specify to perform replication every 1 hour.


To view the result of each replication status:- (Click Replicas | Select the VM | Right click and select Properties)


Failover to DR Site

Now, let have a look on when we initiate failover.

Note:- Offline existing VM @Primary site before perform failover to avoid conflict.

Right click on the job and select Failover.


Select the VM recovery point that you want to failover


Specify the reason to restore and proceed till last step to failover


Once complete, VM @ DR Site will boot up.

Fallback to Primary Site

Now let perform try fall back. Select the VM | Right click and select Fallback


Select the VM and click Next


Choose the option for destination. You can fallback to the original VM or different location.



During failover or fallback, just monitor on the Hyper-V Manager snap-in and you can see the system create / delete snapshot for this operation.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Time Synchronization Issue When Running Virtual Domain Controller


You probably having “time out of sync” when DC is running in Hyper-V environment and would like to try my method.

Some suggestion that you can try to resolve this issue:-

1. Uncheck “Time synchronization” from Integration Services on the DC VM.


2. Set aside 1 Physical Domain Controller which running PDC Roles.

3. If you would like to setup Virtual Domain Controller which running PDC Roles to sync time with external NTP time source.

I’m using External NTP time source from:-

a)To configure the PDC FSMO in the forest root domain with one or more time servers
w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:””,0x1 /syncfromflags:manual

b)To update the “Windows Time Service” configuration
w32tm /config /update

c) To resync time with a source
w32tm /resync



View the result from registry .

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters


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Saturday, February 4, 2012

SCCM 2012 Hierarchy Model


Just have a look into SCCM 2012 and here is the summary of the new hierarchy model that should assist during design of SCCM 2012 deployment


Complex hierarchy model:-

  • Central Administration Model
    • Must install first
    • Manage multiple primary site.
    • No client connectivity
  • Primary Site
    • Can be standalone and each primary site can handle 100K client.
    • Primary site cannot be a child of another primary site
    • To directly manage clients
  • Secondary Site
    • Suitable to deploy across low bandwidth network
    • Up to 2500 client
  • Distribution Point
    • Suitable to deploy across low bandwidth network
    • Up to 500 client

Microsoft Private Cloud Certification


Well, it is time for another certification which i plan to take. Here is the new certification roadmap for Microsoft Private Cloud Certification.

Pre-requisite is

  • MCITP Server Administration
  • Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012  (SCCM 2012)
  • Private Cloud Monitoring and Operation with System Center 2012 (SCOM 2012).

Just register for SCCM 2012 Beta exam and wish me good luck. Getting exciting on taking another beta exam. Smile

Note: Please don’t ask for the Voucher Code on SCCM 2012. It is based on invitation only by Microsoft Learning.