Monitor Status of Dell PowerVault TL4000 Quick and Dirty with Nagios

You can monitor the Dell PowerVault TL4000 Tape Library using the Nagios check_snmp plugin. After setting the TL4000 to accept SNMP connections on v2 SNMP you can run the following command below. This queries for the status of the library as a rollup. # ./check_snmp -H <IP Address> -C community -o .1.3.6.1.4.1.674.10893.2.102.2.1.0 -r3 SNMP OK […]

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Dealing with “Suspect Tapes” in Microsoft DPM 2012 R2

Sometimes a tape will be marked as suspect, seemingly for no reason. To resolve this you need to do the follow these instructions to first identify the MediaID of the suspect tape against its Barcode. Then mark it as normal (i.e. not suspect). Remember great care should be taken when editing the Microsoft DPM database, […]

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Dell 6Gbps SAS HBA – Adapter(s) Disabled by User

Upon booting the Dell PowerEdge R720 server with two Dell 6Gbps SAS HBAs that are installed and connected to a two drive Dell PowerVault TL4000 I got this error message Turns out this is a normal error. Page 25 of ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_ser_stor_net/esuprt_dell_adapters/dell-sas-hba-6gbps_User’s%20Guide_en-us.pdf Basically because it is a tape HBA, the error is saying it cant be […]

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Dell 6Gbps SAS HBA – Adapter(s) Disabled by User

Upon booting the Dell PowerEdge R720 server with two Dell 6Gbps SAS HBAs that are installed and connected to a two drive Dell PowerVault TL4000 I got this error message Turns out this is a normal error. Page 25 of ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_ser_stor_net/esuprt_dell_adapters/dell-sas-hba-6gbps_User’s%20Guide_en-us.pdf Basically because it is a tape HBA, the error is saying it cant be […]

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Microsoft DPM 2012 R2 Reporting Services Doesn’t Work

This was an issue when trying to setup a scheduled job in DPM, you can run reports but you can’t set an automatic report. Platform: System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 SQL Server installed locally with DPM 2012 R2 Problem: Error ID 3001:- Reporting Services Server cannot connect to the DPM database when configure […]

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After Upgrading to DPM 2012 SP1 SQL Maintenance Tasks are Inaccessible

PROBLEM: Using Microsoft DPM 2012 SP1 with the locally installed SQL 2008 R2 SP2 instance (i.e. the one that DPM installs) once installed, you can’t get into the Maintenance tasks using SQL Management Studio. Clicking on Maintenance Tasks gives you an error: The task with the name “Task Name XXX” and the creation name “Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.DatabaseMaintenance.DbMaintenanceFileXXXTask, […]

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DPM Reporting Broken after an Upgrade to New Hardware

PROBLEM: You upgraded DPM after the upgrade you can click to run any reports in “Reporting” within the DPM console and you get an error like the following: Cannot open database “DPMDB” requested by the login. The login failed. Login failed for user ‘%servername%\DPMR$%servername%. CAUSE: The account ‘%servername%\DPMR$%servername%. doesn’t have the correct mappings for the […]

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After Upgrading to DPM 2012 SP1 SQL Maintenance Tasks are Inaccessible

PROBLEM: Using Microsoft DPM 2012 SP1 with the locally installed SQL 2008 R2 SP2 instance (i.e. the one that DPM installs) once installed, you can’t get into the Maintenance tasks using SQL Management Studio. Clicking on Maintenance Tasks gives you an error: The task with the name “Task Name XXX” and the creation name “Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.DatabaseMaintenance.DbMaintenanceFileXXXTask, […]

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