Monday, June 7, 2010

DPM PowerShell: Force a Sharepoint Catalog to populate

Brief Description: After creating a SharePoint 2010 protection group in DPM 2010 the item level restore capability isn't browseable for up to 24hrs.

Problem: It's difficult to verify that your SharePoint protection group is configured correctly for item level restore if you can't actually browse it in the recovery pane, you could waste a lot of days making changes and waiting 24 hours to see if they were the right ones.

Solution:
To force the catalog to populate you can run the following powershell command from the DPM PowerShell commandline (thanks calebfinley for noting the need for clarification).



Get-ProtectionGroup yourdpmservername |get-datasource |where-object {$_.type -like "*sharepoint*"} | start-createcatalog

IsSharepointFarmProtected appears to be the only property that indicates the protection group is a sharepoint farm.

This can be re-run on an existing group, and can be run on a protection group which contains both a sharepoint farm and other objects like databases. The object type like is inelegant, but I'm still working on how to get it to compare the whole string.

4 comments:

  1. Nice. thanks! is there a way to get the status of the catalog job, to know when has it ended?

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  2. I am sure this goes without saying but make sure you run the command in DPM Management Shell. Else, commands need to be loaded into standard powershell.

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  3. How to verify that the catalog was created?

    Thank you! Mike

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