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What is DPM (Data Protection Manager) in Microsoft Exchange Server?

In this article, I am going to describe about what is DPM in Exchange server 2016, 2013, & 2010. The full form of DPM is Data Protection Manager, as the name suggest that it is related to the data protection of Exchange server database. But it not just protecting the data by taking regular backup. It also recover the data in case of any disaster, you just need to make sure that all the configurations are properly configured for this.

Prerequisites: DPM

There are following criteria which should be fulfilled before deployment and configuration of DPM for Exchange database protection.

  • First of all make sure the ESEUTIL.EXE as well as ESE.DLL are installed on Exchange server as well as on DPM server.
  • ESEUTIL and ESE should be of same version, if 64 bit is installed on Exchange server, then it is necessary that 64 bit version of ESEUTIL and ESE should be installed on DPM server.
  • In case of any updation in ESEUTIL and ESE on exchange, make sure that the update should be installed on both server. You can find the ESEUTIL and ESE file at below mentioned location in Exchange:
    For Exchange 2016:

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V16\Bin

    For Exchange 2013:

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Bin

    For Exchange 2010:

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Bin

  • Run below mentioned FSUTIL command to create link between ESEUTIL or Exchange and DPM Server.
    fsutil hardlink create "c:\program files\microsoft\dpm\bin\eseutil.exe" "c:\program files\microsoft\Exchange\bin\eseutil.exe"
  • The latest version of Visual C++ Redistributable should be installed.
  • For protection of DAG nodes, it is mandatory that DPM should be installed at node and One DPM server can protect only one Node at a time.
  • DPM protects active as well as passive database of Exchange server.
  • Change minimum frequency for synchronization more than 15 minutes.

Advantages of Deploying DPM with Exchange Server

There are following advantages which you could get after implementation of DPM with Exchange Server:

  • There is no additional database server is required in DAG after deployment of DPM with Exchange.
  • In case of any disaster, with the help of DPM the database could be restored easily.
  • DPM server keeps backup of Exchange database for long time in comparison with 14 days native backup retention time.
  • DPM provides complete backup of all workloads like: Hypervisor, SQL Server, File server, Exchange Server etc.

Monitoring Exchange Server with DPM

After installation and configuration of Data Protection Manager, it is required to set up monitoring notifications and alerts for getting information of any suspicious behavior of Exchange server into your mailbox. There are some process to setup the notification in DPM, which I am going to mention below.

  1. First of all, go through the DPM Administrator Console, and then click on Monitoring, then Actions and then Options.
  2. Now, click on SMTP server and then enter the Server Name, Port Number, and the Email Address in which you want to receive notifications and alerts.
  3. Now, in Authenticated SMTP Server enter username and password of previously entered email address for getting notification.
  4. Now, click on Send Test-Email and enter the email address in which you want to get the notification and then click on OK button to get a test notification message.
  5. For more detailed, click on Options and then Notifications and select type of notifications you want to receive, and in Recipient enter all those email address, whom you want to send the notification messages.
  6. Now again for testing hit Send Test-Email link.

That’s it about What is Data protection manager in this article.

Exception Case

As we have discussed that deployment of DPM would be very useful if your server is hosted in DAG and you don’t want to let the server down for a little span of time. But, if you don’t have a very large scale of business and you can keep you organization continue in case of little span of downtime in a month. Then you need not to put a lot of money after DPM configuration and management.

In case of any disaster, if server goes down and you find that your Exchange database is corrupted then you could use any third party tool which can help you to restore the database.

Conclusion: What is DPM?

The described information in this article is completely related to “What is DPM or Data Protection Manager” and “How it is good to configure with Exchange”. In above sections, we have discussed about the pre-requisites of DPM installation, advantages of DPM, and way to configure DPM for monitoring activities going on Exchange Server. In the last section we have also mentioned an exception situation, in which case, deployment of DPM would be the best.

How to Archive Exchange 2013 Mailbox to PST?

In this article, we are going to discuss ‘How to Archive Exchange 2013 Mailbox to PST’? Generally, Exchange Server 2013 user asks these type of queries when they think to take backup of all Exchange mailboxes or any single mailbox. This is really a very good practice for an Exchange Server user. In below section, we are going to discuss the two different way for archiving mailbox, in which one would relate to single user mailbox archiving and the other one would relate to all user mailbox archiving.

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Move Exchange 2010 Mailbox Database to Exchange 2013

This article is all about how to move Exchange 2010 mailbox database to exchange 2013. As we know, Microsoft Exchange Server is a mail server. It runs entirely on Windows Server operating systems. It was initially known as Microsoft’s internal mail server. It is licensed both in the forms of on-premises software and software as a service. It has limited features rather than Exchange 2013. Users might face an issue while sending or receiving the internal as well as external emails. To resolve this issue multiple users export mailbox from exchange 2010 to 2013. It contains multiple utilities such as executive audit logs, metadata searches, and unified message including menus, dial plans, and custom greetings. We will be discussing in detail about how to move exchange 2010 mailbox database to exchange 2013 and the solution to recover Exchange Mailbox. Continue reading Move Exchange 2010 Mailbox Database to Exchange 2013

Exchange Database is in Dirty Shutdown State Error – Learn to Fix

In this article, we are going to discuss exchange database is in dirty shutdown state. We will also discuss the solution to recover exchange from dirty shutdown which would be applicable for Exchange 2016, 2013, 2010 & 2007. As you might know that Exchange Server database is completely based on JET engine where log files are responsible for maintaining the track of input as well as output operations in the database file. It utilizes the concept of database cache mailbox to decrease the count of input and output operation. When the operation is loaded the cache memory then, it is not committed the information storage, the JET engine marks it as DIRTY. Until all the pending transactions are committed to the database then, it is not measured as updated. Moreover, until the time all the dirty pages are there in the database that is considered as inconsistent. Until the transaction is completed, if the machine shuts down accidentally then, database stay attached to the log file because of which “Exchange Database is in Dirty Shutdown State” error is received on screen. Continue reading Exchange Database is in Dirty Shutdown State Error – Learn to Fix

Learn about Top 5 Exchange OST Recovery Tools of 2016

With the development of various tools for recovering Exchange OST data, choosing a right one maybe quite confusing for users. Nevertheless, their motive is to be able to restore data from damaged OST files without affecting its integrity. Now-a-days, OST recovery Tools are in high demand among users as the Exchange OST file is very prone to corruption, mainly due to the synchronization issues. In such situations, one reliable way to restore back our data like emails, calendar, contacts, etc. from such OST files is to use automated recovery software. This article will guide users in choosing the right tool by discussing the Top 5 Exchange OST Recovery Tools of 2016. Continue reading Learn about Top 5 Exchange OST Recovery Tools of 2016

How To Recover Corrupt Exchange 2016 Database?

In this write up you will learn about how we can recover corrupt Exchange 2016 database files. You will find this process very simple after going through this article. As you might know that Exchange Server users face situation of file corruption many times. After that they all look for the manual procedures and software for recovering the Exchange database. This common problem is called as user mailbox damage and it comes by logical errors in the Exchange Server. There are two types of database (EDB) files in Exchange Server. First, is EDB that contains private data and second, is EDB that contains public folders. EDB is an Exchange Server data repository that contains all the data in a structured manner. Continue reading How To Recover Corrupt Exchange 2016 Database?