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Back up the DPM database to tape

Updated: March 12, 2014

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

You can use a DPM server to protect its own database by backing up the database to tape. Note that:

  • We recommend that you use a unique protection group to back up the DPM server database.

  • Make at least two copies of the backup tapes, and store each of the backup tapes in a different remote location.

  • Consider subscribing to the DPM Status report, which will list the tape with the most recent database backup.

  • If the DPM SQL Server instance isn’t running on the DPM server, install the DPM protection agent on the SQL Server computer before you can protect the DPM databases on that server.

Back up DPM databases to tape

  1. In DPM Administrator Console, click Protection on the navigation bar and click Create protection group in the Actions pane.

  2. On the Select group members page, if you’re running SQL Server remotely select the remote SQL Server installed and select DPM database. If SQL Server is running on the DPM server expand the DPM server item and select DPMDB.

  3. On the Select data protection method page, select I want short-term protection using tape. Specify the short-term protection policy options. We recommend a retention range of two weeks for DPM databases.

  4. Complete the Create New Protection Group Wizard with the protection options you want to use.

For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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