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Hello everyone,

After the successful publication of my first book Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Handbook – Second Editionand my second book Getting Started with Nano ServerI am happy to announce that my third book has just been published.

For the past year and a half, I have been actively working on a new book Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Cookbook.

System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) is a robust enterprise backup and recovery system that promotes the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) strategy by facilitating the backup and recovery of business data. As the data recovery and security problems faced by organizations increase, it is important to keep the data secure and recoverable. This book contains recipes to help you upgrade to the version SCDPM and it covers SCDPM.

This book will help you install SCDPM and then proceeds to post-installation and management. You’ll find lots of helpful recipes to help you restore Hyper-V and VMware virtual machines. It also guides you through tracking tips SCDPM in different scenarios. Next, the book also provides insights into Windows load protection and best practices SCDPM. You will also learn how to back up the Azure Stack Infrastructure layer as well as the tenant layer Microsoft Azure backup server. You will also learn how to restore data from a backup and perform an emergency restore.

Finally, the book shows how to integrate SCDPM with Azure backup service and how to deploy security groups in online security and finally how to centralize reports and monitor backups using Power BI and Log Analytics.

If you are a backup administrator and you are working SCDPM, this book will help you validate your knowledge and give you everything you need to know about the latest release System Center Data Protection Manager and Microsoft Azure backup server. This book also covers the Long Term Service Channel (LTSC) and the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) System Center Data Protection Manager. No prior knowledge of System Center DPM is required, but some experience working Windows Server and making backups is convenient.

With this book on your side (over 450 pages) you will learn the world of backup 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 a privacy ace with the skills to manage and control SCDPM effectively and survive in the bold new world of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR). Also take advantage of the bonus, which explains how to use SCDPM on a scale and how to take advantage of Azure backup a service to enable hybrid and non-hybrid protection.

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

  • Chapter 1, Installing and upgrading DPM, helps you plan and prepare for your DPM deployment. You will then learn how to install SQL Server on the DPM database. We will also discuss how to enable the Transport Layer Security 1.2 protocol in DPM. Finally, we discuss the installation and upgrade of DPM and DPM agents.
  • paragraph 2, Post-installation and management tasks for DPM, teaches you techniques for handling post – installation and management tasks for Microsoft SCDPM. By the end of this chapter, you will have the information you need to perform common DPM management functions, such as using the DPM console, setting up a modern backup storage, creating a separate backup network, creating custom reports using SQL Server Reporting Services, and more.
  • Chapter 3, Protecting VMware virtual machines, teaches you about DPM agentless VMware VM backup and VMware credential management. You will also learn how to create a new role in vCenter. After all, you will learn to add, protect, back up, and restore
    VMware VMs.
  • Chapter 4, Protecting Hyper-V Virtual Machines, covers the protection and recovery of Hyper-V virtual machines in private cloud scales using SCDPM. The different security configurations that apply to Hyper-V virtual machines and the different recovery options that you can use are discussed in detail.
  • Chapter 5, Monitoring DPM and configuring role-based access, provides you with the skills and techniques to handle post-deployment monitoring and management tasks for the Microsoft System Center DPM. After reading this chapter, you will have the necessary information to perform joint DPM monitoring and management activities.
  • Chapter 6, Protecting Microsoft workloads with DPM, describes how SCDPM organizes 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, Protecting a Windows client with DPM, helps you create a plan to back up end-user data. Second, you configure SCDPM and Active Directory to protect users. After all, you will learn to install agents automatically and manually on the client computer.
  • Chapter 8, Protect your Microsoft Azure Stack with DPM, begins preparing for tenant backup workloads at Azure Stack using SCDPM. You also back up the infrastructure layer and Azure stack metadata.
  • Chapter 9, Protect workgroups and untrusted domains, tells you about NT LAN Manager (NTLM) and certificate-based authentication security. You will also learn how to secure workgroup machines with NTLM and certificate-based authentication.
  • Chapter 10, Restoring data from a backup, describes how SCDPM organizes the recovery of various Microsoft workloads. You will learn how to restore a file server, SQL databases with self-service recovery and Windows bare metal recovery. After all, you will learn how to restore Azure Backup cloud restore points and recover data from different DPM servers.
  • Chapter 11, Implementing disaster recovery through DPM, dives deep to protect the DPM database as well as restore the DPM server in the event of a disaster. After all, you implement DPM concatenation and cyclic protection.
  • Chapter 12, DPM integration with Azure Backup, describes how Azure Backup and DPM provide an attractive, hybrid cloud service solution for your organization. After all, you’ll learn about tracking and centralized reporting with Power BI and Log Analytics.

Books don’t write, edit, and publish themselves. I would like to thank my family and friends very much for their support and patience as I have been more lively than usual for the last year and a half and always support the crazy things I want to do. They are the reason I can make my dreams come true and follow my passion.

Of course, the book would not be possible at all without the Packt Publishing team to support all the authors and reviewers during this project. I would like to thank the procurement editor Rahul Nair, the content development editor Abhishek Jadhavi and Nikita Pawar, and the technical editor Prachi Sawant.

Many thanks to my author and colleague MVP Patrick Lownds From the United Kingdom, and reviewer Michael Seidl From Austria, which provided good feedback, comments and support during this project.

Finally, I would like to thank the Microsoft product line separately and give them the merits you deserve to help me make this book as good as possible (if I have missed anyone, I am really sorry): Kavya Sinha, Vithalprasad Gaitonde, Aditi Gangwar, Kartik Pullabhotla, Neela Syam Kolli, Vijay Tandra , Geetha Lakshmi G, Shivam Garg, Trinadh Kotturu, Shreesh Dubey, Saurabh Sensharma, Pallavi Joshi, Bhasker Konakanchi, Dhamoder Nalla, Rajesh Kumar Karquetch Poorvi Srivastava and Dinesh Reddy Gottam.

I urge you to obtain a copy of this book directly at Amazon or Pack the pub website.

My third book has been published!  Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Cookbook #SCDPM #AzureStack @AzureBackup 2

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

My third book has been published!  Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Cookbook #SCDPM #AzureStack @AzureBackup 3

And with this I want to end 2018 by wishing everyone a Happy New Year !!!

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-Charbel Nemnom-

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