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How to Choose a Replica Creation Method

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

To begin protection of selected data, DPM must create a replica of the data. To create the replica, you can let DPM replicate the data over the network, you can specify a date and time for the replication, or you can choose to manually copy the data. The manual option requires you to transfer the data using removable media.

noteNote
For large amounts of data, manually copying data to the DPM server might take less time than replication over the network.

To choose a replica creation method

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

  2. In the Actions pane, click Create protection group. The Create New Protection Group Wizard appears.

  3. Review the Welcome page, and then click Next.

    noteNote
    If you do not want the wizard to display the Welcome page when you create protection groups in the future, select Skip this page next time.

  4. Select group members you want to protect, and click Next.

  5. Select the data protection method, and click Next.

  6. Select short-term protection objectives, and click Next.

  7. Review disk allocation, and click Next.

  8. Select the replication method. Click Automatically to let DPM replicate the data over the network.

  9. To select when you want to have DPM replicate the data, click Now or Later. If you select Later, select the date and time for the replica creation from the drop-down menus.

  10. Click Manually if you want to transfer the data using removable media.

  11. Click Next to finish the Create New Protection Group Wizard.

    noteNote
    You can optimize performance of the protection group on the Summary page or you can choose to optimize the group later from the Actions pane.

To choose a replica creation method by using DPM Management Shell

  • Use the following syntax to retrieve the replica creation method for a protection group:

    Get-ReplicaCreationMethod [-ProtectionGroup] <ProtectionGroup> [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Use the following syntax to set the replica creation method for a protection group to Now:

    Set-ReplicaCreationMethod [-ProtectionGroup] <ProtectionGroup> -Now [-PassThru] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Use the following syntax to set the replica creation method for a protection group to the specified time:

    Set-ReplicaCreationMethod [-ProtectionGroup] <ProtectionGroup> -Later <DateTime> [-PassThru] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Use the following syntax to set the replica creation method for a protection group to Manual:

    Set-ReplicaCreationMethod [-ProtectionGroup] <ProtectionGroup> -Manual [-PassThru] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

    For more information, type "Get-Help Set-ReplicaCreationMethod -detailed" in DPM Management Shell.

    For technical information, type "Get-Help Set-ReplicaCreationMethod -full" in DPM Management Shell.

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