Monday, February 23, 2015

Troubleshoot ID 32008: DPM cannot protect this SharePoint farm as it cannot detect the configuration of the dependent SQL databases.

Today I helped a customer that was trying to protect a SharePoint-farm with DPM 2012 R2 UR5. 
The SharePoint was configured as followed:
  • 2 Front-End web (WFE) servers running on Windows Server 2012 R2
  • The SharePoint-databases resided on a SQL 2014 AlwaysOn-cluster.

When we tried to add the SharePoint form to a protection group, we were prompted with the following error:

DPM cannot protect this SharePoint farm as it cannot detect the configuration of the dependent SQL databases. (ID: 32008)

1) Ensure that the SharePoint VSS writer is reporting content databases on the front-end web server.

2) Verify that the SQL Server VSS writer is enabled and running in a healthy state on all the back-end SQL servers machines.

3) Verify if some of the databases that are part of this SharePoint farm are already being protected by DPM. To protect the SharePoint Farm, remove these databases from protection and delete their existing recovery points.

Additional details of the error could not be found in any logs on the DPM-server, WFE-servers or the SQL-servers…

Troubleshooting steps:
  1. Verify that the SharePoint VSS writer is running and the status is stable on the WFE-server. From an elevated command prompt: vssadmin list writers 
  2. Make sure that DPM are not protecting any SharePoint Config- or Content-databases that belongs to the SharePoint-farm. (Don’t forget to remove any inactive protection as well!)
  3. Run the ConfigureSharePoint command on the front-end web server from an elevated command prompt (%program files%\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\Bin\):
    ConfigureSharePoint.exe –EnableSharePointProtection 
  4. (For SQL-cluster using SQL Alias)
    Make sure your SQL aliases is configured properly on your WFEs (both 32bits & 64bits): 

Additional troubleshooting:
However, even after performing the steps above we were still encountered with the same error message and DPM could not enumerate all SharePoint-content databases that belonged to the farm.

What we had to do (even as we could see that the SharePoint VSS writer was up and running) were to run the Stsadm command-line tool on the WFE-server. 
The Stsadm.exe is found together with the other SharePoint products and technologies in the default installation folder: %CommonProgramFiles%\microsoft shared\web server extensions\12\bin.

To register the SharePoint VSS writer you will have to run the following command from an elevated command prompt: stsadm -o –registerwsswriter.

After the operation completed successfully, we could go back to my DPM-server and configure protection for the SharePoint-farm with any errors.



  1. the error still persist.. I noticed that I am not getting SQL enumeration in the DPM protection group . any help

    1. Hi,
      Its hard troubleshoot without access to the enviroment. But I would look for any errors in the Event Log on the sharepoint-servers and DPM-server. Also check the DPM logs located in the Temp-folder(C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\DPM\DPM\Temp\)