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DPM Administrator Console Tour

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

This topic describes the layout of DPM Administrator Console and explains where the controls for general tasks are located.

Task Areas and Display Panes

A task area is a set of logically related functions and actions grouped together in DPM Administrator Console. The DPM Administrator Console has five task areas: Monitoring, Protection, Recovery, Reporting, and Management. Each task area, except Recovery, consists of three panes: the display pane (unlabeled), the Details pane (at the bottom), and the Actions pane (on the right).

The display pane for some task areas is subdivided into tabs that group subsets of functionality for that task area.

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The Recovery task area does not have the Details pane, but has additional panes for the browsing for protected data or recovery points, and for searching for data or recovery points.

Following are descriptions of the type of information that appears in each pane:

  • Display pane. Lists items associated with the current task area. For example, the display pane for the Protection task area displays the names of protection groups and lists the members of those groups. The display pane for some task areas is subdivided into tabs that group subsets of functionality. For example, the display pane for the Management task area is divided into three tabs: Agents, Disks, and Libraries.

  • Details pane. Provides details, such as properties and status information, for an item selected in the display pane. For example, the Details pane for the Protection task area displays status, recovery range, and other details about a selected protection group.

  • Actions pane. Provides access to functionality associated with the current task area and, in some cases, for the item selected in the display pane. For example, the Actions pane for the Protection task area provides a command for creating a protection group. When a specific protection group is selected in the display pane, the Actions pane also provides a command for adding members to the selected group.

Layout of DPM Administrator Console

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Navigation Bar

The navigation bar at the top of DPM Administrator Console) enables you to move between the task areas. To select a task area, click the name of that task area.

Menu Bar

The menu bar contains four menus: File, Action, View, and Help.

  • File menu. Contains standard Microsoft Management Console (MMC) commands. For information about MMC, see MMC Help.

  • Action menu. Contains the same commands as those displayed in the Actions pane, as well as an Options command and a Help command. The Options command enables you to set system-wide options, such as configuring end-user recovery, scheduling auto discovery, and subscribing to notifications. The Help command provides access to both DPM Help and MMC Help.

  • View menu. Provides an alternative method for moving between the task areas of the console, and a link to the System Center Data Protection Manager Community Web site.

  • Help menu. Provides access to both DPM Help and MMC Help. To access DPM Help from this menu, click Help Topics, and then click Data Protection Manager Help. The Help menu also provides version information for MMC and abridged version information for System Center Data Protection Manager 2010.

Information Icon

The information icon provides you with access to version and product identification information for DPM, identification of the remote computer hosting the DPM database (if applicable), as well as links to the Microsoft Software License Terms and to the System Center Data Protection Manager Community Web site.

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