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Recover a protected computer

Updated: November 1, 2013

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

This topic includes instructions to continue protection for a protected computer after a disaster, recover a protected computer and recover data to a protected computer from the secondary DPM server.

Continuing Protection for a Protected Computer After a Disaster

After you rebuild a computer following a disaster, consistency check will fail on the new computer because the volume GUID of the original computer differs from the new one. To enable protection for the new computer, start the Modify Protection wizard for the protection group and run through the wizard by clicking Next on each screen.

Recovering System State to Protected Computers

You can recover the system state to protected computers that are in a working state, meaning the operating system and necessary applications are installed.

When you protect a computer's system state, DPM uses the Windows Backup utility on the protected computer to back up the system state to a backup (.bkf) file, which is saved to the DPM medium you specify for that protection group (disk, tape, or both). The restore of the system state is a two-phase process:

  1. Use the DPM Recovery Wizard to restore the .bkf file to the protected computer.

  2. Use Backup to restore the system state from the .bkf file to the protected computer.

To recover the system state .bkf file

  1. In DPM Administrator Console, click Recovery on the navigation bar.

  2. Browse or search for the protected computer, and then, in the results pane, select the data.

  3. Available recovery points are indicated in bold on the calendar in the recovery points section. Select the date for the recovery point you want to recover.

  4. In the Recoverable item pane, click to select the .bkf file to recover.

  5. In the Actions pane, click Recover. DPM starts the Recovery Wizard.

  6. Review your recovery selection, and then click Next.

  7. Specify to recover the .bkf file to an alternate location on the protected computer.

  8. Click Next.

  9. Specify your recovery options:

    • Existing version recovery behavior. Select Create copy, Skip, or Overwrite.

    • Restore security. Select Inherit security settings of target when overwriting or of parent folder when creating copy or Apply the security settings of the recovery point version.

    • Throttling. Click Modify to enable throttling.

    • Notification. Click Send an e-mail when the recovery completes and specify the recipients that will receive the notification. Use commas to separate e-mail addresses.

  10. Click Next.

  11. Review your recovery settings, and then click Recover.

    Any synchronization job for the selected recovery item will be canceled while the recovery is in progress.

To restore system state from the .bkf file

  1. On the computer to which you recovered the system state .bkf, click Start, click Run, type ntbackup, and then click OK.

  2. When the Backupor Restore Wizard starts, click Next.

  3. On the Backup or Restore page, click Restore files and settings, and then click Next.

  4. On the What to Restore page, click the items to expand their contents, locate and select the .bkf file that you recovered using DPM, and then click Next.

  5. On the Completing the Backup or Restore Wizard page, if you want to change any of the advanced restore options, such as restoring security settings and junction point data, click Advanced. When you are done setting advanced restore options, click OK. Verify that all settings are correct, and then click Finish.

Recovering Protected Computers from a Secondary DPM Server

When the primary server is unavailable, you can recover data for protected computers from the secondary server. To recover data to an alternate location from a secondary server, you use the Recovery Wizard in DPM Administrator Console on the secondary server with no additional steps required. To recover data to the original location from a secondary server, you must first switch protection to the secondary server.

To recover data to its original location on protected servers from a secondary DPM server

  1. Switch protection of the protected computer to the secondary server by using the Start-SwitchProductionServer cmdlet or the SwitchProtection.ps1 script. For instructions about switching protection, see Switching Protection If the Primary DPM Server Fails.

  2. Use DPM Administrator Console on the secondary server to recover the data to the original location.

See Also

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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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