Roadmap to information resources

Published : April 8, 2005 | Updated : August 17, 2005

The following list provides information about a variety of resources that will help guide you through the process of evaluating, deploying, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting DPM.

Evaluate Data Protection Manager

Review DPM features to determine if this is the right solution for your data protection and recovery challenges. For more information, see:

Plan a deployment

Plan your network topology, your hardware configuration, your data protection infrastructure, and your disaster recovery methodology. For more information, see:

Install Data Protection Manager

Verify that your network infrastructure, the DPM server, and the file servers meet the system requirements for protecting your data. DPM provides an integrated setup wizard that installs both DPM and the prerequisite software. For more information, see:

Configure Data Protection Manager

To start protecting data, you must add disks to the storage pool, install file agents, and create protection groups. For the most benefit, configure optional DPM features such as end-user recovery, reporting, and e-mail subscriptions for reports and notifications. For more information, see:

Protect your data

Create protection groups, select data sources for protection, modify protection options, modify disk allocation, synchronize replicas, and create shadow copies to meet your ongoing data protection requirements.

Recover your data

Browse or search for recoverable data, recover data, create manual shadow copies, and enable end-user recovery. For more information, see:

Monitor data protection activities

Monitor data protection activity, job status, and error conditions in DPM and take action, when necessary, to resolve issues. If you have multiple DPM servers, you can monitor them centrally in Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) by deploying the DPM Management Pack. For more information, see:

Manage disks, agents, and servers

Add and remove disks; install, update, and uninstall agents; perform routine maintenance tasks, and manage network configuration changes that affect the DPM server and the protected file servers. For more information, see:

Optimize Performance

Evaluate and optimize the performance of the DPM server and the file servers. Isolate performance degradations and use existing tools and options, such as network bandwidth throttling and on-the-wire compression, to improve performance. For more information, see:

Archive and restore the DPM server

Plan and deploy a solution for archiving the DPM databases and replicas to tape. Archiving DPM to tape enables you to rebuild a DPM server in the event of a catastrophic hardware or software failure. For more information, see:

Troubleshoot DPM issues

Find solutions when you encounter problems during the course of day-to-day operations and when performing administrative tasks. For more information, see:

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