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 console.

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
Data Protection Manager console
Figure: The Data Protection Manager console can handle several data sources

Where can I backup to?

  • Fixed Hard Disk
  • Tape
DPM's Funtionality
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.

DPM Status Report
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 Recovery Plan.

  • 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 is recommended
  • 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 data.

DPM Restore Wizard
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.

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