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DPM Server Software Prerequisites

Updated: April 1, 2012

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

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The System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 server requires a 64-bit version of a supported operating system and requires a supported 64-bit or 32-bit version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1, Enterprise or Standard Edition, for the DPM database. The DPM server must in a Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domain.

DPM is designed to be run on a dedicated, single-purpose computer. The DPM server is not supported on any of the following:

  • A computer that is a System Center Operations Manager management server

  • A computer on which Microsoft Exchange Server is running

  • A computer that is a node of a cluster

noteNote
You must have administrative credentials to install DPM.

Supported Operating Systems

DPM 2010 requires a 64-bit version of a supported operating system. DPM 2010 does not support 32-bit or Itanium architecture–based operating systems. The following table lists the supported operating systems for DPM 2010 and the updates that must be applied to each operating system before you install DPM.

 

Supported operating system Prerequisite software

Windows Server 2008

Before you install DPM on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008, you must install the following updates and hotfixes:

ImportantImportant
After installing all updates, restart the computer before you install DPM.

For more information about Windows Server 2008 system requirements, see Windows Server 2008 System Requirements (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=184351).

Windows Server 2008 R2

Before you install DPM on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2, you must install the following updates and hotfixes:

ImportantImportant
If you are upgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2, you must remove any prerelease version of Windows PowerShell 2.0 before you upgrade.

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

No additional updates are required to install DPM on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Supported Versions of SQL Server 2008

For the DPM database, DPM 2010 requires a dedicated instance of the 64-bit or 32-bit version of any of the following SQL Server versions:

  • SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 3

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1

 2008, Enterprise or Standard Edition, with Service Pack 1 (SP1). During setup, you can select either to have DPM Setup install SQL Server 2008 SP1 on the DPM server, or you can specify that DPM use a remote instance of SQL Server.

If you decide to have DPM Setup install SQL Server 2008 SP1 on the DPM server, you are not required to provide a SQL Server 2008 license. But, if you decide to preinstall SQL Server 2008 on a remote computer or on the same computer where DPM 2010 will be installed, you must provide a SQL Server 2008 product key. You can preinstall SQL Server 2008 Standard or Enterprise Edition.

If you do not have a licensed version of SQL Server 2008, you can install an evaluation version from the DPM 2010 DVD. To install the evaluation version, do not provide the product key when you are prompted by DPM Setup. However, you must buy a license for SQL Server if you want to continue to use it after the evaluation period.

When you use a remote instance of SQL Server with the DPM installation, note the following requirements:

  • You must install the remote instance of SQL Server before you install DPM.

    ImportantImportant
    A remote instance of SQL Server on a domain controller is not supported.

  • The computer that is running a remote instance of SQL Server must be located in the same domain as the DPM server.

  • DPM Setup creates the DPMDBReaders$<DPM server name> and DPMDBAdministrators$<DPM server name> local groups on the computer that is running the remote instance of SQL Server. You must add DPM administrators to these groups for DPM to use the remote instance of SQL Server.

  • For the DPM server to access a remote instance of SQL Server through Windows Firewall, you must configure an exception on the computer that is running SQL Server to use port 80.

  • You must install the DPM support files on the computer that is running the remote instance of SQL Server. For more information, see Installing DPM Using a Remote Instance of SQL Server 2008.

In addition to installing programs that are required for DPM, SQL Server Setup installs the following programs, which are not required for DPM:

  • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1

  • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 Query Tools

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2.0

  • Microsoft Office 2003 Web Components

noteNote
These programs are not removed when you uninstall DPM or when you uninstall the last instance of SQL Server. You must uninstall these programs manually.

Other DPM Prerequisites

The following are additional prerequisites for DPM:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable

  • Windows PowerShell 2.0


    noteNote
    Windows PowerShell 1.0 is included in Windows Server 2008. If you install DPM on Windows Server 2008, the Setup Wizard automatically installs Windows PowerShell 2.0.

    Windows PowerShell 2.0 is included in Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • Windows Installer 4.5 or later versions

    noteNote
    Windows Server 2008 includes Windows Installer 4.5, and Windows Server 2008 R2 includes Windows Installer 5.0.

  • Windows Single Instance Store (SIS)

  • Microsoft Application Error Reporting

DPM Setup automatically installs the prerequisites if they are not already installed or enabled.

noteNote
For some prerequisites, a restart might be required before you can continue with the installation of DPM.

If any prerequisites cannot be installed during setup, or if you want to install them before you install DPM, you can install them manually. For more information, see Manually Installing Prerequisite Software.

ImportantImportant
After you have installed DPM, we recommend that you run Windows Update on the DPM server and, if you use a remote database, on the remote computer where the DPM database is located, and install all important updates or hotfixes.

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