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What Is a Recovery Point?

Updated: November 1, 2008

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

A recovery point, also referred to as a snapshot, is a point-in-time copy of a replica stored on the Data Protection Manager (DPM) server. A replica is a complete point-in-time copy of the protected shares, folders, and files for a single volume on a protected computer. To start data protection, a full replica of the selected data must be copied to the allocated replica volume on the DPM server. Thereafter, the replica is periodically synchronized with changes to the protected data. DPM creates recovery points of each replica in a protection group according to a specified schedule. You can access the recovery points to recover previous versions of files in the event of data loss or corruption. You can recover data, and you can also configure end-user recovery so that users can recover their own data.

When you select recovery point times, DPM provides you with estimates for recovery range and maximum data loss. These estimates can help you specify a recovery point schedule that provides adequate data protection and meets your recovery goals. A maximum of eight recovery points can be scheduled per day.

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