Understand DPM Client protection
Updated: November 1, 2013
Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager
What is synchronization?
When the data changes on your computer, System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) makes a point-in-time copy of your files and folders and copies them to the DPM server. This synchronization process keeps the data on your computer synchronized with the data on the DPM server.
What happens when I synchronize my data?
When you synchronize your data, the changes to the data on your computer are copied to a replica on the server for System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM). You synchronize the data on your computer to keep it consistent with the data on the DPM server. Note that the data that you synchronize is not immediately available for recovery. The data will become available for recovery when DPM creates a recovery point, which you will be able to see from the recovery point schedule.
When should I synchronize my data?
You want to synchronize your data according to the amount of data loss you are prepared to sustain. For example, if you synchronize your data just once each day, System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) will restore your data to within a day of a data loss event. If you set up an hourly synchronization schedule, DPM will restore your data to within an hour of a data loss event.
What is a recovery point?
To protect your data, System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) starts by creating a complete point-in-time copy of the files and folders you want to protect on your computer. This copy is called a replica. A recovery point is a point-in-time copy of the replica and it is stored on the DPM server. If you experience data loss or corruption, you can access the recovery points of a previous version of your files and folders to recover your data.
How do I access my recovery points on the DPM server?
You use the Client for System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) to search for your recovery points. Available recovery points are listed in the DPM Client in the display pane and include the time stamps and the open links (backup folder locations on the DPM server) for each of the available recovery points.
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