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How to Create a Recovery Point

Updated: November 1, 2008

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

As part of the data protection process, System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) creates recovery points, as scheduled, of each replica in a protection group. You establish the recovery point schedule when you create a protection group or when you modify the protection options for an existing protection group. You can access the recovery points on the DPM server to recover previous versions of data.

Occasionally, you might need to create a manual recovery point. For example, you could create a manual recovery point if you need to recover data and you want to ensure that you are using the latest possible recovery point.

The following options are available when you select Create recovery point -disk for file data:

  • Create a recovery point after synchronizing

  • Create a recovery point without synchronization

  • Only synchronize (available only for file data)

The following options are available when you select Create recovery point - disk for application data or system state:

  • Create a recovery point using express full backup

  • Create a recovery point using incremental backup

If the selected application data does not support incremental backup, the Create a recovery point using incremental backup option is disabled.

To create a recovery point from the Protection task area

  1. In DPM Administrator Console, click Protection on the navigation bar.

  2. Select the protected volume or share for which you want to create a recovery point.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Create recovery point - disk or Create recovery point - tape.

  4. In the Create Recovery Point dialog box,select one of the available options. The available options depend on the type of data selected and whether the recovery point will be created on disk or tape.

    The new recovery point is displayed in the recovery point list.

To create a recovery point using DPM Management Shell

  • Use the following syntax to create a new recovery point for application data on disk:

    New-RecoveryPoint [-Datasource] <Datasource[]> -Disk [-BackupType <BackupType> ] [-JobStateChangedEventHandler <JobStateChangedEventHandler> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Use the following syntax to create a new recovery point for file data on disk:

    New-RecoveryPoint [-Datasource] <Datasource[]> -Disk -DiskRecoveryPointOption <CreateDiskRecoveryPointOption> [-JobStateChangedEventHandler <JobStateChangedEventHandler> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Use the following syntax to create a new recovery point on tape:

    New-RecoveryPoint [-Datasource] <Datasource[]> -Tape -ProtectionType <ProtectionType> [-JobStateChangedEventHandler <JobStateChangedEventHandler> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

    For more information, type "Get-Help New-RecoveryPoint -detailed" in DPM Management Shell.

    For technical information, type "Get-Help New-RecoveryPoint -full" in DPM Management Shell.

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