My Third Book is Published! Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Cookbook #SCDPM #AzureStack @AzureBackup

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Hello folks,

After a successful release of my first book Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Cookbook – Second Edition, and my second book Getting Started with Nano Server, I am delighted to announce that my third book is just get published.

Over the past one year and a half, I’ve been actively busy working on my new book Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Cookbook.


System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) is a robust enterprise backup and recovery system that contributes to your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) strategy by facilitating the backup and recovery of enterprise data. With an increase in data recovery and protection problems faced in organizations, it has become important to keep data safe and recoverable. This book contains recipes that will help you upgrade to SCDPM and it covers the advanced features and functionality of SCDPM.

This book starts by helping you install SCDPM and then moves on to post-installation and management tasks. You will come across a lot of useful recipes that will help you recover your Hyper-V and VMware VMs. It will also walk you through tips for monitoring SCDPM in different scenarios. Next, the book will also offer insights into protecting windows workloads followed by best practices on SCDPM. You will also learn to back up your Azure Stack Infrastructure layer as well as the Tenant layer using Microsoft Azure Backup Server. You will also learn about recovering data from backup and implementing disaster recovery.

Lastly, the book will show you how to integrate SCDPM with Azure Backup service as well as how to enable protection groups for online protection, and finally how to centralize reports and monitor your backups using Power BI and Log Analytics.

Who this book for

If you are a backup administrator and working with SCDPM, this book will help you verify your knowledge and provide you with everything you need to know about the latest release of System Center Data Protection Manager and Microsoft Azure Backup Server. This book will also cover the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) and Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) for System Center Data Protection Manager. No prior knowledge about System Center DPM is required, however, some experience of working with Windows Server and running backups will come in handy.

What this book covers

With this book (over 450 pages) on your side, you will master the world of backup with System Center Data Protection Manager and Microsoft Azure Backup Server deployment and management by learning tips, tricks, and best practices, especially when it comes to advanced-level tasks.

By the end of this book, you will become an ace of Data Protection with the skills needed to administer and manage SCDPM effectively and survive in the brave new world of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR). Further, take advantage of bonus explaining how to use SCDPM at scale as well as how to leverage the Azure Backup service to enable hybrid and off-site protection.

Here are the details of what this book covers and what to expect to learn after reading it:

  • Chapter 1, Installing and Upgrading DPM, helps you to plan and prepare your DPM deployment. Then, you will learn how to install SQL Server for the DPM database. Also, we will cover how you can enable the Transport Layer Security 1.2 protocol for DPM. In the end, we will cover the installation and upgrading of DPM and DPM agents.
  • Chapter 2, DPM Post-Installation and Management Tasks, teaches you the techniques for dealing with the post-installation and management tasks of your Microsoft SCDPM. By the end of the chapter, you will have the knowledge to carry out common DPM management activities, such as using the DPM console, configuring modern backup storage, creating a dedicated backup network, creating custom reporting using SQL Server Reporting Services, and many more tasks besides.
  • Chapter 3, Protecting VMware VMs, teaches you about DPM agentless VMware VM backup, and VMware credential management. Also, you will learn how you can create a new role in vCenter. In the end, you will learn how you can add, protect, back up, and recover
    VMware VMs.
  • Chapter 4, Protecting Hyper-V VMs, covers the protection and recovery of Hyper-V VMs at the private cloud scale using SCDPM. Different protection configurations that apply to Hyper-V VMs, and the different restore options that you can exercise, are covered in details.
  • Chapter 5, Monitoring DPM and Configuring Role-Based Access, provides you with the skills and techniques for dealing with post-deployment monitoring and management tasks of your Microsoft System Center DPM server. After reading this chapter, you will have the knowledge to carry out common DPM monitoring and management activities.
  • Chapter 6, Protecting Microsoft Workloads with DPM, describes how SCDPM orchestrates the backup of different Microsoft workloads. You will learn how to enable file server, SQL server protection, and Windows bare-metal protection with SCDPM.
  • Chapter 7, Securing Windows Client with DPM, helps you create a plan for backing up end-user data. Secondly, you will configure the SCDPM and Active Directory for end-user protection. In the end, you will learn how to install agents automatically and manually on a client computer.
  • Chapter 8, Protecting Microsoft Azure Stack with DPM, gets into preparing backup tenant workloads in Azure Stack with SCDPM. Also, you will back up the infrastructure layer and Azure stack metadata.
  • Chapter 9, Protecting Workgroups and Untrusted Domains, explains NT LAN Manager (NTLM) and certificate-based authentication protection. Also, you will find out about how to protect workgroup machines using NTLM and certificate-based authentication.
  • Chapter 10, Recovering Data from Backup, describes how SCDPM orchestrates the recovery of different Microsoft workloads. You will learn how to recover file server, SQL databases using self-service recovery, and Windows bare metal recovery. In the end, you will learn about recovering from Azure Backup cloud recovery points as well as recover data from different DPM servers.
  • Chapter 11, Implementing Disaster Recovery with DPM, dives deep into how to protect the DPM database as well as how to recover your DPM server in case of disaster. In the end, you will implement DPM chaining and cyclic protection.
  • Chapter 12, Integrating DPM with Azure Backup, describes how Azure Backup and DPM provide a compelling, hybrid cloud backup solution for your organization. In the end, you will learn about monitoring and centralized reporting with Power BI and Log Analytics.


Books don’t write, edit, and publish themselves. I would like to say a big thank you to my family and friends for their support and patience while I was busier than usual the last one year and a half, and for always supporting the crazy things I want to do. They are the reason that I can fulfill my dream and follow my passion.

Of course, the book wouldn’t be possible at all without the Packt Publishing team for supporting all the authors and reviewers during this project. I want to say a big thank you to the Acquisition Editor Rahul Nair, Content Development Editor Abhishek Jadhav and Nikita Pawar, and the Technical Editor Prachi Sawant.

A big thank you to my co-author and fellow MVP Patrick Lownds from the United Kingdom, and the reviewer Michael Seidl from Austria who offered great feedback, comments and support through the course of this project.

Finally, I want to thank the Microsoft product group individually and give them the credit they deserve for helping me make this book as good as possible (if I’ve missed anyone, I’m truly sorry): Kavya Sinha, Vithalprasad Gaitonde, Aditi Gangwar, Kartik Pullabhotla, Neela Syam Kolli, Vijay Tandra Sistla, Geetha Lakshmi G, Shivam Garg, Trinadh Kotturu, Shreesh Dubey, Saurabh Sensharma, Pallavi Joshi, Bhasker Konakanchi, Dhamoder Nalla, Rajesh Kumar Karumanchi, Prasanna Wakhare, Ashok Uyyuru, Michael Jacquet, Poorvi Srivastava, and Dinesh Reddy Gottam.

I highly encourage you to get a copy of this book directly from Amazon or from Packt Pub website.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.

And with that, let me wrap up 2018 by wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!!

Thank you for reading my blog.

If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment.

-Charbel Nemnom-

About Charbel Nemnom 560 Articles
Charbel Nemnom is a Cloud Architect, ICT Security Expert, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), totally fan of the latest's IT platform solutions, accomplished hands-on technical professional with over 17 years of broad IT Infrastructure experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize the performance of mission-critical enterprise systems. Excellent communicator is adept at identifying business needs and bridging the gap between functional groups and technology to foster targeted and innovative IT project development. Well respected by peers through demonstrating passion for technology and performance improvement. Extensive practical knowledge of complex systems builds, network design, business continuity, and cloud security.

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