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Data protection overview

Updated: April 2, 2014

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager, System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) protects Microsoft servers, client computers, and application workloads, including Exchange, SharePoint, Hyper-V, and SQL Server. On each computer or server you want to protect, you install the DPM protection agent. On the DPM you add each data source you want to protect to a protection group, and configure backup and restore settings for each group. Data you backup is stored by DPM as follows:

  • <Install Drive>\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\DPM\DPM\Volumes\Replica— The Replica folder contains mounted data replica volumes.

  • <Install Drive>\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\DPM\DPM\Volumes\ShadowCopy—Contains backup copies of the DPM database.

  • <Install Drive>\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\DPM\DPM\Volumes\DiffArea—Contains mounted shadow copy volumes that store the recovery points for a data source.

DPM replicates the data to external storage storage. DPM can use disk, Microsoft Azure, or tape for short-term storage, and tape for long-term storage.

Read more about the applications for which data can be backed up and recovered by DPM in the DPM protection support matrix.

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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