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DPM Processes

Updated: November 1, 2008

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

On the DPM server, three processes can impact performance:

  • DPM protection agent (MsDpmProtectionAgent.exe). DPM jobs affect both memory and CPU usage by the DPM protection agent. It is normal for CPU usage by MsDpmProtectionAgent.exe to increase during consistency checks.

  • DPM service (MsDpm.exe). The DPM service affects both memory and CPU usage.

  • DPM Administrator Console (an instance of Mmc.exe). DPM Administrator Console can be a significant factor in high memory usage. You can close it when it is not in use.

Memory usage for the DPM instance of the SQL Server service (Microsoft$DPM$Acct.exe) is expected to be comparatively high. This does not indicate a problem. The service normally uses a large amount of memory for caching, but it releases memory when available memory is low.

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