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Set up the protection agent

Updated: August 20, 2014

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

After data storage is in place, you can configure protection. For all workloads configuring protection consists of a couple of basic tasks:

  1. Install the DPM protection agent—You install the DPM protection agent software on each computer or server you want to protect with DPM. On the computer the agent identifies data that DPM can protect and recover, tracks changes to that data, and transfers the changes from the protected computer to the DPM server to synchronize the source data with the replica.

  2. Configure protection groups—After installation of the agent, data sources aren’t protected until you add them to a protection group.

When you configure a protection group you specify how data in the protection group should be initially replicated, and how it should be backed up after the initial replication. After the protection group is created, the initial replication occurs, and then the data is synchronized in accordance with the type of data and the backup settings for the group. For more information, see Back up protected data.

When you create a protection group, you also specify how data sources backed up in that protection group should be recovered. You can restore data from recovery points of backed up data at any time. For more information, see Recover protected data.

For information about protecting specific workloads, see:

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