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Roadmap to Information Resources

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

The following list provides information about a variety of resources that can help guide you through the process of evaluating, planning, deploying, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010.

Evaluate Data Protection Manager

Review DPM features to determine whether this is the right solution for your data protection and recovery needs. For more information, see the following:

Plan a Deployment

Plan your network topology, your hardware configuration, your data protection infrastructure, and your disaster recovery methodology. For more information, see the following:

Install Data Protection Manager

Verify that your network infrastructure, the DPM server, and the protected computers meet the system requirements for protecting your data. DPM provides an integrated Setup wizard that installs both DPM and the prerequisite software. For more information, see the following:

Configure Data Protection Manager

To start protecting data, you must add disks or tapes to the storage pool, install protection agents, and create protection groups. For the most benefit, configure optional DPM features such as end-user recovery, reporting, and e-mail subscriptions for reports and alert notifications. For more information, see the following:

Protect Your Data

Create protection groups, select data sources for protection, modify protection options, modify disk and tape allocation, synchronize replicas, and create shadow copies to meet your ongoing data protection requirements. For more information, see the following:

Recover Your Data

Browse or search for recoverable data, recover data, create manual shadow copies, and enable end-user recovery. For more information, see the following:

Monitor Data Protection Activities

Monitor data protection activity, job status, and error conditions in DPM, and when necessary, take action to resolve issues. If you have multiple DPM servers, you can monitor them centrally in Microsoft Operations Manager by deploying the DPM Management Pack. For more information, see the following:

Manage Disks, Tapes, Agents, and Servers

Add and remove disks and tapes; install, update, and uninstall agents; perform routine maintenance tasks; and manage network configuration changes that affect the DPM server and the protected computers. For more information, see the following:

Optimize Performance

Evaluate and optimize the performance of the DPM server and the protected computers. To improve performance, isolate performance degradations and use existing tools and options, such as network bandwidth usage throttling and on-the-wire compression. For more information, see the following:

Archive and Restore the DPM Server

Plan and deploy a solution for archiving the DPM databases and replicas to tape. Archiving DPM to tape enables you to rebuild a DPM server in the event of a catastrophic hardware or software failure. For more information, see the following:

Troubleshoot DPM Issues

Find solutions when you encounter problems during the course of day-to-day operations and when performing administrative tasks. For more information, see the following:

See Also

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