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How to Create a Protection Group

Updated: November 1, 2008

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

A protection group is a collection of data sources that share the same protection configuration. Data sources within a protection group are referred to as protection group members.

Before you can create your first protection group, you must add a disk to the storage pool and install agents on the computers you plan to protect. For information about how to complete these tasks, see the DPM 2007 Deployment Guide.

To create a protection group, use the Create New Protection Group Wizard.

You can use DPM to protect the following protection group members:

  • File servers: Volumes, shares, and folders

  • Computers running Exchange Server: Storage groups

  • Computers running SQL Server: Databases

  • Computers running Windows SharePoint Services: Farms

  • Computers running Virtual Server: Host and guest virtual machines

  • Desktops: Volumes, shares, and folders

  • System state: For any computer that DPM can protect except a computer running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista

To start the Create New Protection Group Wizard

  1. In DPM Administrator Console, click Protection on the navigation bar.

  2. In the Actions pane, click Create protection group. The Create New Protection Group Wizard appears.

  3. Review the Welcome page, and then click Next.

    If you do not want the wizard to display the Welcome page when you create protection groups in the future, select Skip this page next time.

To create and save a protection group using DPM Management Shell

  • Use the following syntax to create a virtual instance of a new protection group:

    New-ProtectionGroup [-DPMServerName] <String> [[-Name] <String> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Add data sources to the new protection group.

  • Set exclusions and job start times if required.

  • Set the protection type.

  • Set the replica creation method.

  • Set the policy objectives.

  • Use the following syntax to save the new protection group:

    Set-ProtectionGroup [-ProtectionGroup] <ProtectionGroup> [-Async] [-TranslateDSList <Datasource[]> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

    For more information, type "Get-Help New-ProtectionGroup -detailed" in DPM Management Shell.

    For technical information, type "Get-Help New-ProtectionGroup -full" in DPM Management Shell.

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