Data Protection Manager Overview
If your company relies on several Microsoft Server technologies you know how hard
it can be to get your head around all the backups you need to perform to keep your
organization safe from computer failure or user error.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager can take the stress and management
overhead out of backups by allowing you to control all your backups from one central
At SSW we use DPM to protect all our internal SQL Databases, Exchange Servers, SharePoint
servers and File Servers - this means that you can trust our consultants have firsthand
experience with installing, configuring and maintaining DPM solutions.
What data can I protect with DPM 2010?
- Windows Server from 2003 through 2008 R2 (Servers)
- Active Directory (Through System State)
- Windows XP through Windows 7 (Workstations)
- SQL Server 2000 through 2008 R2
- Exchange Server 2003 through 2010
- SharePoint Server 2003 through 2010
- Dynamics AX 2009
- Essential Business Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2008
- SAP running on SQL Server
- Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V
- Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V
- Standalone Hyper-V Server 2008 and 2008 R2
- Windows Server from 2003 through 2008 R2
- Live Migration-enabled servers running on CSV in Hyper-V R2
- Windows File Servers
- Figure: The Data Protection Manager console can handle several data sources
Where can I backup to?
- Figure: DPM manages all of the hard disks and tape drives for you
How do I know DPM backups are working?
SSW can configure DPM's in build reporting, based on SQL Reporting Services. You
can be sent you email each day to give you a status of your backups so you don't
have to manually check on the DPM server. This is great for management who want
to ensure their backups are working correctly.
- Figure: An example DPM Status report
How can I take my data offsite?
There are two ways with DPM to take your data offsite - creating a simple Disaster
- Secondary DPM server that is synced with the primary DPM server - if you setup a
secondary DPM sever at an offsite location you can sync all the data between to
two DPM servers over a VPN connection. A high speed connection at both locations
- Restore to External Hard Drives and physically take off site - if you have bandwidth
restrictions or would prefer holding a physical copy of your data, SSW can provide
training on restoring all your data onto external hard drives which you can physically
take off site
How do I restore my data in the event of a disaster?
DPM provides several options for restoring data, including to the original location,
a backup drive or tape. It provides a very easy to follow wizard for restoring your
- Figure: The DPM Restore Wizard for an SQL Database
SSW can provide assistance in helping you restore your data to its backup up state
in the case of an emergency.
We have consultants available in all Australian capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra.