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Set up backup storage options

Updated: July 11, 2014

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

Your System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) deployment can use the following storage options for backed up data:

  • Tape—Tape is generally used for long-term storage of backed up data. DPM doesn’t have another method for long-term storage. DPM can also be configured to use tapes for short-term backup. Read more in Plan for tape-based backups.

  • Disk—Data is stored in the DPM storage pool for short-term backup. The storage pool is a set of disks or volume that you set up as part of the DPM server configuration. Read more in Plan for disk-based backups.

  • Microsoft Azure—As an additional method of short-term storage you can backup data to Microsoft Azure. Azure backup is used in conjunction with disk backup.

You can put these storage options together in a number of ways:

  • Disk-to-tape (D2T)—Back up directly from the disk of a protected computer directly to tape

  • Disk-to-disk (D2D)——Back up from the disk of a protected computer to another hard disk for short-term storage.

  • Disk-to-disk (D2D) + cloud—Back up from the disk of a protected computer to another hard disk and to Microsoft Azure for short-term storage.

  • Disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T)—Back up from the disk or a protected computer to another hard disk and then backup to tape for longer-term offsite storage.

The deployment steps you need to complete depend on the storage option you want to use:

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