Exciting News – ICTtechie has Expanded!

Its been a long while since I’ve done a blog post due to the increasing demand on my time with running ICTtechie while still working for another School. However this hasn’t stopped me working hard in the background to make ICTtechie even better. Today I’m really excited to announce that ICTtechie is now the complete one stop shop for all your ICT needs. I’ve worked hard to join together with some of the UK’s leading computer distributors, enabling ICTtechie to supply you with anything from a new mouse to a complete new solution for your school!


We can now supply all the leading brands including HP, Fujitsu, Epson, SMART, Netgear, Apple and many more. And here’s the even better news, as ICTtechie is a small business with low overheads it allows costs to be kept low and thus we can pass these savings on to you! Also with over 15 years experience working in schools with a large range of equipment and being family run, we can ensure your get a friendly and knowledgable service. The aim is to help you get the right products for your school while helping you stretch your budget further.

So if you are looking for some more ipads, laptops, touch screens, network equipment or anything else why not give us a try and let us be one of your three quotes. All you need to do is drop us an email to admin@icttechie.co.uk with all your requirements or request a callback by leaving your contact details and a convenient time when you can take calls.

Also did you know we offer a free broadband consultation service? If your broadband is up for renewal in the next 6-9 months then contact us on the details above to find out more.

Finally if you have a bigger project coming up in the summer and require installation of a new server, wifi, touchscreens, ipads or a new computer suite again we would love to be one of your three quotes.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

ICTtechie – What I Do and How I Do It an Adobe Voice Video

Today I decided to have a play with the new Adobe Voice tool which has so much potential for education and beyond. I decided to create a quick video about what I do and how I do it to help spread the word about my social media presence. Unfortunately wordpress.com won’t allow me to embed the video just yet, but you can view it by clicking the link below. I hope you enjoy it.


Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post. I really appreciate any likes, comments, shares, subscribes and follows. This will help you stay up to date with my latest app reviews, walkthroughs, lesson ideas and more.

Microsoft DPM 2012 Sp1 – How To Migrate Data Source using MigrateDatasourceDataFromDPM by ICTtechie

Today I started having problems with a backup source. Unfortunately the drive was failing and I needed to get the data off the device and onto another to prevent any further issues. As I’m using DPM 2012 sp1 for my backups I’m able to use the Powershell module to run some clever commands to move the data to a new source. So here is what I did.

First I loaded the DPM Management Shell.

DPM Management Shell Icon

It loads up like this.

DPM Management Shell

Now I needed to set the the command ‘$disk’ to hold information about my data sources. To do this I ran the following command.
$disk = Get-DPMDisk -DPMServerName NameOfServer
NameOfServer is where you would enter the name of your DPM 2012 server.

DPM Management Shell $disk

After I ran the command $disk to check the result. As shown above.

DPM Management Shell $disk

Each disk data source can be referenced individually by using the command $disk[n]. n is the number of the disk from the list shown by using the command $disk. Where 0 (zero) is the top disk and the next one down is 1 etc. The image above shows my two disks referenced individually.

The next thing I did was to find my Protection Groups and allocate them to the command $pg. I did this as I only wanted to move some of my data and not all of it. I also wanted control over when each Protection Group’s data was being transferred. To do this I ran the following command.
$pg = Get-ProtectionGroup NameOfServer
NameOfServer as before is your server which has DPM 2012 running on it.

DPM Management Shell $pg Protection Group

Again I ran $pg to see the result. As you can see from screenshot I have 3 Protection Groups. As with the $disk command above you can run $pg[n] this will allow you to individually show or reference each protection group. Remember the top one in the list is 0 (zero).

Now I have the the Protection Groups in the command $pg I can now allocate some data sources to the command $ds. By doing this it allows me to have full control over each data source and when and where it is being moved to. The command to run for this is as follows.
$ds = Get-Datasource $pg[n]
Again n is the reference to which Protection Group you wish to get the data sources from.

DPM Management Shell $ds Get-Datasource

Again running $ds will display the data sources and running $ds[n] will allow you to reference the individual data sources.

Ok now I have everything referenced, I can run the commands to start the data migration. To run a migration I ran the following set of commands.
./MigrateDatasourceDataFromDPM.ps1 -DPMServerName NameOfServer -Source $ds[n] -Destination $disk[n]
NameOfServer as above is the server which your DPM 2012 is installed to and n is the number of the source.
This command may take a while to execute depending on the Datasource. It’s also worth noting you can transfer whole disk to disk or protection group to disk. Just change the the bit after source. I prefer to do it this way as it gives me more control.

DPM Management Shell MigrateDatasourceDataFromDPM.ps1

As everything went ok I can now look at jobs in progress in DPM management console and see that a post recovery operation is in progress for the Datasource I have moved. After this job has finished a verification job may occur to keep data consistent.

DPM 2012 Sp1 Post Recovery Operation

Something worth noting here is that the data will not disappear from the old disk source until the allotted retention range has passed. So if the retention range is set to 5 days the data will remain on the old disk source until 5 days has passed. You can speed up this process by change the retention range to 1 day.

More Information on the process can be found on Technet using this link.

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New Website Launched – icttechie.co.uk


I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new website offering ICT and computing services to primary schools. I’ve spent sometime designing and making this responsive website advertising the services I offer to local primary schools. Over the coming months I’ll be adding more services for all schools like web hosting, email hosting and domain name hosting. Follow me here, on twitter and like my Facebook page to keep up to date.