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Archiving and Restoring Data

Published : September 27, 2005

After Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) is deployed in your environment, you will use DPM and its disk-based recovery functionality to handle most of your short-term data recovery needs. You may also continue to use tape for long-term data archiving and disaster recovery. DPM fits seamlessly into existing archiving solutions.

Archiving file server data from the replicas on the DPM server rather than from the file servers eliminates the problem of scheduling backups around file server availability. When you archive DPM to tape, you can, in the event of a disaster, restore archived data to file servers and rebuild the DPM server.

This chapter explains how to plan and deploy a solution for archiving data files and backing up DPM to tape. The chapter describes, in generic terms, the processes for archiving and restoring DPM by using different types of backup software. Specific procedures will vary according to the backup software used.


For instructions on recovering data by using DPM, see the “Recovering Data” section (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51984) in DPM Help. For issues related to recovering data by using DPM, see the “Troubleshooting” chapter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=46369) in this guide.

In this Chapter

Planning for Archiving and Restoring Data

      Identifying Backup Components

      Scheduling Backups

      Choosing Backup Software

            Backup Software that Supports DPM

            Backup Software that Supports VSS

            Backup Software that Does Not Support VSS

      Integrating DPM in a Backup Topology

Backing Up Servers

Archiving Databases and Replicas

      Using Backup Software that Supports DPM

      Using Backup Software that Supports VSS

      Using Backup Software that Does Not Support VSS

            Using DpmBackup to Create Backup Shadow Copies

            DpmBackup Syntax

            Using DpmBackup with Mount Points

Restoring Data to File Servers from Tape

      Using FsPathMerge to Repair Paths on File Servers

      FsPathMerge Syntax

Restoring a DPM Server

      Restoring Databases

            Using DpmSync to Restore Databases

            DpmSync Syntax

      Restoring Replicas

            Using DpmPathMerge to Repair Paths

            DpmPathMerge Syntax

            Using FsPathMerge to Repair Paths on a DPM Server

      Restoring a DPM Server to a New Computer

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