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SCDPM Technical Preview in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install SCDPM)


Install System Center Data Protection Manager Technical Preview

In my Lab example, I am using the following:

  • Windows Server Technical Preview
  • SQL Server 2014

These have been setup as per my previous guides.

IMPORTANT: In order to evaluate the System Center Technical Preview, youMUST be using the Windows Server Technical Preview, and SQL Server 2014; as per the following TechNet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn806369.aspx.

Install SCDPM

Start by copying the EXE file into the SCVMM VM. As of this writing, the Technical Preview EXE is labelled as “en_system_center_technical_preview_data_protection_manager_x86_x64_5650540.exe“.

Start by running the EXE, on the first screen, click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 01 - Setup Wizard

On the Select Destination Location screen, specify the location that you want the files to be extracted to, then click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 02 - Location

On the Ready to Extract page, click Extract.

SCDPM vNext - 03 - Ready To Extract

Once the extract is complete, click Finish.

SCDPM vNext - 04 - Finished Extract

Now, navigate to the extraction location, and run the Setup.exe file.

On the Welcome page, click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 05 - Splash Screen

On the License Terms page, accept the agreement and then click OK.

SCDPM vNext - 06 - License Terms

On the Welcome screen, click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 07 - Welcome

On the Prerequisites Check page, choose what type of database DPM will use; either a stand-alone SQL Server, or a clustered SQL Server. Basically, will it use a local SQL install or a remote install. Since we are doing this in a lab, I will choose the ‘Use stand-along SQL Server’ option, and use a local SQL instance on the DPM server.

Make your choice and then click Check and Install.

SCDPM vNext - 08 - Prerequisites Check

The Prerequisites Check will check the system for any issues preventing installation. If there are issue, you will need to resolve them prior to being able to continue with the installation. Once you are able to continue, click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 09 - Prerequisites Check Passed

On the Product Registration page, enter a User Name, and Company, then click Next. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any way to install an evaluation version of the application, although all other System Center products provide this option.

SCDPM vNext - 10 - Product Registration

On the Installation Settings page, you can specify the location to install DPM. Make any changes required and then click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 11 - Installation Settings

On the Microsoft Update Opt-In page, choose if you want to include the product in Microsoft Updates, then click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 12 - Microsoft Update

On the Customer Experience Improvement Program page, you can choose if you want to join the CEIP program or not. Make your choice and then click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 13 - CEIP

On the Summary of Settings page, review the selections/choices made, and then click Install.

SCDPM vNext - 14 - Summary

Once the installation is complete, click Close.

SCDPM vNext - 15 - Installation Complete

Once the Data Protection Manager Setup wizard is closed, it will automatically launch Windows Update and check for updates.

The SCDPM console will launch. Navigate around the various areas.

Congratulations, you have now successfully installed the System Center Data Protection Manager Technical Preview.

As you can see from the About screen, the version of SCDPM, even though it shows “System Center 2012 R2”, the version is: 4.3.1012.0 (whereas the actual 2012 R2 product is version 4.2.1235.0).

SCDPM vNext - 16 - About

At this point, I haven’t noticed anything new/different with the product. However, as the product is updated, I will keep you informed of any interesting and important changes.

For further information about the System Center Technical Preview, here is the link to the Features Removed In System Center Technical Preview, and the Release Notes For System Center Technical Preview.

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SCDPM 2012 R2 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install SCDPM)


As per a reader’s request, here is an updated guide for installing SCDPM 2012 R2.

Install Prerequisites

To start, before we will actually be able to install SCDPM, we have to install a few prerequisites.

  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • SQL Server

IMPORTANT: This guide assumes that you have already installed SQL Server, and the DPM Support Files, as per the following TechNet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn581867.aspx.

Install SCDPM

Start by either extracting the DVD contents, or mounting the ISO (the TechNet ISO is currently labelled as mu_system_center_2012_r2_data_protection_manager_x86_and_x64_dvd_2945939.iso). Start by running the Setup.exe.

On the splash screen click the Data Protection manager link.

Install DPM12R2 - 01 - Splash screen

Read and agree to the License Terms, and then click OK.

Install DPM12R2 - 02 - License Terms

Data Protection Manager will prepare to install.

Install DPM12R2 - 03 - Extracting

On the Welcome page, click Next.

Install DPM12R2 - 04 - Welcome

On the Prerequisites Check page, choose what type of database DPM will use; either a stand-alone SQL Server, or a Clustered SQL Server. Also provide the SQL Server name and instance.

Since I am doing this in my lab, I will choose the ‘Use stand-alone SQL Server’ option.

Make your choice and then click Check and Install.

Install DPM12R2 - 05 - Prereq Check

The Prerequisites Check will check the system for any issues preventing installation. If there are issue, you will need to resolve them prior to being able to continue with the installation. Once you are able to continue, click Next.

Install DPM12R2 - 06 - Prereq Check Pass

On the Product Registration page, enter a User Name, Company, and a Product Key, then click Next. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any way to install an evaluation version of the application, although all other System Center products provide this option.

Install DPM12R2 - 07 - Product Registration

On the Installation Settings page, you can specify the location to install DPM. Make any changes required and then click Next.

Install DPM12R2 - 08 - Installation Settings

On the Microsoft Update Opt-In page, choose if you want to include the product in Microsoft Updates, then click Next.

Install DPM12R2 - 09 - MS Update

On the Customer Experience Improvement Program page, you can choose if you want to join the CEIP program or not. Make your choice and then click Next.

Install DPM12R2 - 10 - CEIP

On the Summary of Settings page, review the selections/choices made, and then click Install.

Install DPM12R2 - 11 - Summary

The installation will begin, and will take a while to complete.

Once the installation is complete, click Close.

Install DPM12R2 - 12 - Installation Complete

Once the Data Protection Manager Setup wizard is closed, it will automatically launch Windows Update and check for updates.

Install DPM 15

Now you can launch the Data Protection Manager console.

Install DPM12R2 - 13 - DPM Console

If you ever are unsure of the SQL Server that hosts the DPM database, or the SQL Reporting used, you can look at the “About DPM” dialog.

Install DPM12R2 - 14 - About DPM

And that’s the installation of System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager. If you compare it with my installation guide on System Center 2012 SP1 Data Protection Manager, you will see that there are some differences.

DPM Central Console – ID: 810. Details: Fatal error during installation


I encountered this error while attempting to install the System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) Central Console on my Operations Manager (SCOM) Management Server.

DPM Central Console Installation Error

I was following this TechNet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh758189.aspx.

The TechNet article lists 2 steps for this process, namely Install the Operations Manager agent, and Install Central Console.

Of interesting note, the second step within the Install the Operations Manager agent step says:

After you install the Operations Manager agent, set the following registry key – [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager\3.0\Modules\Global\PowerShell] “ScriptLimit”=dword:0000000f. After you modify this setting, restart the Health Service (System Center Management).

However, after I installed the SCOM Agent, this registry entry was not present. In fact, the Registry Key only went as far as: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager\3.0\Modules. But, after walking through the installation of the Central Console on the Operations Manager (SCOM) Management Server (although the installation failed, more on that in a bit), only then did this Registry entry appear on the DPM server.

That aside, according to the error message, let’s check out the DPMCentralConsoleSetup.log file. Looking through the log file, we find this:

MSI (s) (6C:04) [21:14:27:148]: Product: Microsoft System Center 2012 – DPM Remote Administration — Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable is not installed on this computer. You can download it from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=120135

That’s interesting. Especially when I specifically installed the Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, since without it, you will encounter this error when first running the Central Console installer.

DPM Visual C++ Not Installed

However, if you navigate to the URL provided, you will end up at the download page for the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x64). Note the x64 part.

But what is interesting is, if I install the x86 version of the Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, this error no longer appears and I can continue with the installation. However, it’s not until the end of the attempted installation that the previously mentioned error occurs, and the log file states that the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable  is not installed.

So, I downloaded the x64 version of the C++ Redistributable, installed it, then attempted the DPM Central Console installation again. The result?

DPM Central Console Installation Complete

And if we launch the Operations Manager (SCOM) console, we will now see the monitoring for System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager. Notice that we can get details on specific workloads (i.e. Exchange, Hyper-V, SharePoint, SQL Server), along with state data on the disks, protection groups, and tape drives/libraries.

SCOM DPM Monitoring

 

 

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