How to get the Service Tag from your server using VB scripting

Filed Under (Windows Networking) by Just An Admin on 30-01-2009

When contacting your hardware vendor to report a problem or order additional hardware, like disks or memory, you are often asked to provide the Service Tag. Off course you have the service tags well documented in your CMDB repository. In case your CMDB is not so up to date or lacking any content at all, this little script will grab the tag from any system name or IP you enter, as long as your an admin or allowed to run WMI queries against the system.

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Hotfix: “Replica is inconsistent” error with ID 112 (0x8007007B) with DPM 2007 SP1 on a Windows Server 2003 x64

Filed Under (Data Protection Manager) by Just An Admin on 23-01-2009

After applying Data Protection Manager Service Pack 1 on a server running Windows Server 2003 x64, a replica may be listed as inconsistent with error ID 112 (0x8007007B).

In the DPM Administrator Console, a critical alert may be listed as in the following example:

Affected area: C:
Occurred since: 1/07/2008 4:13:00 PM
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Known Issues for DPM 2007 SP1

Filed Under (Data Protection Manager) by Just An Admin on 07-01-2009

Microsoft TechNet posted a library topic on additional known issues for Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1. This topic lists the known issues and possible resolutions for System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 SP1 TAP Release:

  • DPM agent stops working
  • SharePoint index backups fail during profile import
  • Silent installation does not show restart message
  • DPM Administrator Console stops working when updating protection agents
  • DPM Management Shell stops working
  • Replica or Shadow Copy Volume Resizing in Windows Server 2008
  • Unable to uninstall DPM 2007
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  • Data Protection Manager 2007: Error Codes and common problems reference

    Filed Under (Data Protection Manager) by Just An Admin on 24-12-2008

    Since i have been posting fixes for some small problems in Data Protection Manager 2007, i thought i would post some general info/links as well, that could aid in troubleshooting DPM 2007 problems.

    DPM 2007 Troubleshooting Guide: Technet reference to common DPM 2007 problems

    Microsoft DPM 2007 Error Code Catalog: Technet reference with all the ID XXX error codes for DPM 2007

    Ctrl P – The Data Protection Manager Blog: No further introduction needed

    Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager TechCenter: Here you will find all resources for DPM 2007, regarding Support, Learning, Download, …

    These sources provide a good starting point in troubleshooting any DPM 2007 problems or just to keep up with the latest developments.

    Data Protection Manager 2007: Replica is inconsistent

    Filed Under (Data Protection Manager) by Just An Admin on 24-12-2008

    Replica is inconsistent

    This must be one of the most common errors in Data Protection Manager 2007, since i have seen this almost every day in my Administrator Console.

    After the upgrade to Service Pack 1 for Data Protection Manager 2007 and fixing a minor ‘error ID 207’ problem, some of my protected server reported this error, I immediately got worried and started thinking of how devastating a data breach could be on my end. Therefore, I visited sites like www.venyu.com/ to see how I can recover lost data. No consistent check of recreated recovery point could fix it. Within a second after selecting either tasks, this error reappeared.

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