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DPM overview

Updated: August 13, 2014

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) is an enterprise backup system. Using DPM you can backup (copy) data from a source location to a target secondary location. If original data is unavailable because of planned or unexpected issues, you can restore data from the secondary location. Using DPM you can back up application data from Microsoft servers and workloads, and file data from servers and client computers. You can create full backups, incremental backups, differential backups, and bare-metal backups to completely restore a system.

  • DPM deployment—DPM can be deployed as follows: For more information see System requirements for DPM, Install DPM, and Plan for DPM server deployment.

    • Physical standalone server—You can’t deploy physical DPM servers in a cluster, but you can manage multiple physical servers from a single console by installing Central Console on System Center Operations Manager.

    • Hyper-V virtual machine—You can run DPM as a virtual macine hosted on an on-premises Hyper-V host server. In this configuration you’ll need to make sure that DPM has access to all necessary resources and to the disks it needs for the storage pool. For details see Install DPM as a virtual machine on an on-premises Hyper-V server.

    • Azure virtual machine—From DPM 2012 R2 Update 3 onwards you can run DPM as a virtual machine in Azure. Note that not all workloads can be backed up in this type of deployment.

  • Data backup—Using DPM you can backup and recover data to and from Windows servers, Windows client computers, and Microsoft applications. For see the DPM protection support matrix, and Plan for data backup and protection.

  • Data storage—You can backup data to a number of types of storage, including tape, disk, and the Azure cloud. For more information, see Plan for data storage.

  • Data recovery—You can easily recover data from all backed up data sources from within the DPM console. For more information, see Plan for data recovery.

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