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About the DPM Administrator Console

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

This topic describes the layout of the Administrator Console and explains where the controls for general tasks are located.

Navigation Bar

The navigation bar appears to the left side of the Administrator Console. It consists of five buttons – Monitoring, Protection, Recovery, Reporting and Management. Each of these buttons takes you to the respective workspace. The workspace takes up the largest area in the console. It shows you the objects you can work with for that function. It also changes the options available on the upper half of the Navigation bar.

Workspace

A workspace is a set of logically related objects.

You can move from one workspace to the other using the navigation buttons.

The navigation pane for some workspaces allows you to look at various aspects of the objects. For example, when you are in the Monitoring workspace, you can view alerts or jobs using the Navigation pane

Following are descriptions of the type of information that appears in each pane:

  • Display pane. Lists items associated with the current workspace. For example, the Protection workspace displays the names of protection groups and lists the members of those groups. The display pane for some task areas is subdivided into tabs that group subsets of functionality. The navigation pane for some workspaces allows you to look at various aspects of the objects. For example, when you are in the Monitoring workspace, you can view alerts or jobs using the Navigation pane

  • Details pane. Provides details, such as properties and status information, for an item selected in the display pane. For example, the Details pane for the Protection task area displays status, recovery range, and other details about a selected protection group.

  • Tool ribbon. The tool ribbon is a dynamic group of buttons which change based on the object you have selected. Using the buttons on the tool ribbon, you can carry out actions on the selected objects.

Layout of DPM Administrator Console

DPM Administrator Console

Menu Bar

The menu bar contains four menus: File, Action, View, and Help.

  • File menu. Contains standard Microsoft Management Console (MMC) commands. For information about MMC, see MMC Help.

  • Action menu. Contains the same commands as those displayed in the tool ribbon, as well as the Help command. The Help command provides access to both DPM Help and MMC Help.

  • View menu. Provides an alternative method for moving between the task areas of the console, and a link to the DPM Community Web site.

  • Help menu. Provides access to both DPM Help and MMC Help. To access DPM Help from this menu, click Help Topics, and then click Data Protection Manager Help. The Help menu also provides version information for MMC and abridged version information for System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM).

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