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Required Configuration Tasks

Updated: November 1, 2008

Applies To: Data Protection Manager, System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

Before you can start protecting data by using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007, you must verify that each computer that DPM is going to protect meets the protected computer software requirements. For information about the DPM 2007 software requirements, see Software Prerequisites (

To successfully protect your data using DPM 2007, you must add one or more disks to the storage pool.

Adding a disk to the storage pool is not a requirement if you are going to use custom volumes to protect your data sources, or if you are only going to use disk-to-tape protection.

  • Configure tape libraries and stand-alone tape drives if you want to protect data on tape.

  • Install a protection agent on each computer that you want to protect.

  • Start and configure the Windows SharePoint Services VSS Writer service (WSS Writer service), and provide farm administration credentials for the protection agent.

    Perform this task only if you are protecting server farms on servers running Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

  • Create one or more protection groups.

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