Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 Rollup 9 – Install Failed

Afternoon All,

So Microsoft released Rollup 9 for Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 last night, which has a large amount of bug fixes and enhancements.  I won’t bore you with a copy and paste on the details as they can be found here

However some of our customers and testing internally has found the install to fail when using Azure Backup with DPM.


We have found that stopping the CBENGINE service and setting to DISABLE in Services until the update has completed resolved the issue. Remember to re-enable the CBENGINE Service Afterwards :).


Azure Backup Pricing Changes


So today Microsoft sprung upon us all a pricing structure change to Azure Backup with the view of it working out cheaper for customers.   As of yet details are quite sketchy which is disappointing and internally in the UK Microsoft Staff don’t appear to of been told anymore than we have.

Aidan Finn earlier today posted on his blog about the changes to Azure Backup also (

One thing I have had clarified today is that the term “Instances” is defined as a Virtual Machine or Physical host.  It does not mean a DPM Protection Group or a DPM Server.  So in the majority for UK customers this means £6.109 (if the backup is over 5GB otherwise we understand this to be free) per instance plus the cost of storage.  We still don’t know whether this is block or page blob storage and we have asked Microsoft for clarity on this as it will for large amounts of data have a noticeable price difference.

As soon as I have any more information on this I will of course update this post.

Have  a good weekend.


The Year of Enterprise Mobility

Enterprise Mobility Suite in action

I started to write this blog post before I went on holiday over new year (3 weeks in Thailand went far too quickly!!!!).   Then I thought no stop, you are in honeymoon period with a fantastic suite of products, have a holiday and come back….. Well I did and nothings changed.

The Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite is a game changer in the Identity and Access space.  What product set provides you the below in the most case for sub £2 a month per user?

  • Self-service password reset for your people, to reduce helpdesk calls
  • Multi-factor authentication options for greater security
  • Group-based provisioning and single sign on for over 1000 SaaS apps
  • Machine learning-driven security reports for visibility and threat management
  • Robust sync capabilities across cloud and on-premises directories
  • Mobile application management across devices
  • Broad device support for Windows, Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Android devices
  • Selective wipe of apps and data for greater security
  • Information protection from the cloud or in a hybrid model with your existing on-premises infrastructure
  • Integration into your native applications with an easy-to-use SDK

In all honesty when I’m talking to our customers and partners, the feature set blows them away and want to signup before they even hear the price.

So stay tuned as will be posting some technical tips & tricks very shortly.