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Required Configuration Tasks

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

Before you can start protecting data by using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010, you must verify that each computer that DPM will protect meets the protected computer software requirements. For information about the DPM 2010 protected computer software requirements, see Protected Computer Software Requirements.

You must also perform the following list of tasks if applicable to your protection configuration.

  • Add one or more disks to the storage pool.

    Adding a disk to the storage pool is not a requirement if you are going to use custom volumes to protect your data sources, or if you are only going to use disk-to-tape protection.

  • If you are protecting data on tape, configure tape libraries and stand-alone tape drives.

  • Install and configure a protection agent on each computer that you want to protect.

  • If you are protecting server farms for servers running Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 Server, start and configure the Windows SharePoint Services VSS Writer service (WSS Writer service), and provide farm administration credentials for the protection agent.

  • Create one or more protection groups.

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