Plan the DPM Directory Structure
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
When you begin protecting data with DPM, you will notice that the installation path of DPM contains three folders in the Volumes directory:
<Install Drive>\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\DPM\DPM\Volumes\DiffArea
<Install Drive>\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\DPM\DPM\Volumes\Replica
<Install Drive>\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\DPM\DPM\Volumes\ShadowCopy
The DiffArea folder contains mounted shadow copy volumes that store the recovery points for a data source.
The Replica folder contains mounted replica volumes.
The ShadowCopy folder contains local backup copies of the DPM database. In addition, when you use DPMBackup.exe to create backup shadow copies of the replicas for archive by third-party backup software, the backup shadow copies are stored in the ShadowCopy folder.
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