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Protecting workloads with DPM

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) protects Microsoft application workloads, computers, and servers. Computers and servers protected by DPM have the DPM agent installed on them.

Protecting applications

DPM provides protection for Microsoft workloads and applications, including Exchange, SharePoint Server, Hyper-V, File Server, and SQL Server. For a full list of the applications that are supported by DPM, and data that can be protected and recovered, see Support Matrix for DPM Protection.

Protecting servers and computers

DPM provides protection for computers running Microsoft client and server operating systems. For a full list of computers and servers that are supported by DPM, and data that can be protected and recovered, see Support Matrix for DPM Protection.

Protecting workgroup computers and computers in untrusted domains

DPM can support computers in workgroups and untrusted domains using certification authentication. DPM supports the following data sources for certificate-based authentication in workgroups or untrusted domains:

  • SQL Server

  • File Server

  • Hyper-V

Both single server and clustered deployments are supported.

The following data sources are not supported:

  • Exchange Server

  • Computers running client operating systems

  • SharePoint server

  • Bare metal recovery

  • System state

Protecting clustered servers

DPM supports shared disk clusters for File Servers and SQL Server 2008. DPM supports both non-shared disk clusters and shared disk clusters for Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2010.

DPM can protect shared disk clusters for the following:

  • File Servers

  • SQL Server 2008

  • SQL Server 2008 R2

  • SQL Server 2012 (DPM in System Center 2012 SP1 and System Center 2012)

  • Exchange Server 2007

  • Exchange Server 2010

DPM can protect non-shared disk clusters for Exchange Server 2007 (cluster continuous replication). DPM can also protect Exchange Server 2007 configured for local continuous replication.

DPM in System Center 2012 SP1 and System Center 2012 cannot protect a SQL Server 2012 shared cluster using the SQL 2012 Always On (availablility group) feature.

For DPM protection agent installation, when you select a server that is a cluster node, DPM notifies you so that you can choose to install the protection agent on other nodes in the cluster as well.

End-user recovery is available for both clustered and non-clustered resources on clustered file servers.

On planned failover, DPM continues protection. On unplanned failover, DPM issues an alert that a consistency check is required.

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