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Plan for data recovery

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager

System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager (DPM) implements recovery by retrieving data that has been backed up for protected servers, computers, and workloads.

To recover data, you select a recovery point (snapshot) from which to retrieve data. Each recovery point-is a point-in-time copy of backed up data. The general process of backup and recovery is as follows:

  1. Create initial replica—When you configure a resource as a member of a protection group, you are prompted to create an initial replica of the data. This initial replica creates a baselines copy of the protected data. This baseline replica is used to create a recovery point, and when DPM synchronizing data changes and differences.

  2. Synchronize data—DPM checks the data source for changes, and then updates the replica. Learn more about

  3. Create recovery point—As DPM synchronizes, it creates recovery points from which data can be retrieved if needed. DPM creates recovery points for file data by taking a shadow copy of the replica on a schedule that you configure. For application data, each synchronization and express full backup creates a recovery point.

  4. Recover data—You recover data from available recovery points by using the Recovery Wizard in DPM Administrator Console. When you select a data source and point in time from which to recover, DPM notifies you if the data is on tape, whether the tape is online or offline, and which tapes are needed to complete the recovery.

Plan recovery settings for protection groupsPlan protection groups—You group data sources you want to protect into protection groups and apply backup and recovery settings to each group

Plan for long-term and short-term protection—For each protection group you specify how data should be backed up and restored to and from short-term and long-term storage.

Plan for self-service recovery—You can configure recovery so that users can recovery their own data.

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