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Configuring the Front-end Web Server

Updated: February 1, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

Before protecting a SharePoint farm, you must ensure that the following prerequisites are installed on the Front-end Web server.

Prerequisites for Front-end Web Server

If you are running Windows Server 2003 and have installed Knowledge Base article 940349, then you must install the following prerequisites:

  • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP2 or Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP1 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 with SP2 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 with SP1.

  • At least 2 GB of space on the volume in which the DPM folder is present for every 10 million items. This is required for catalog generation. In DPM, to perform granular level recovery of items (site collections, sites, lists, document libraries, folders and individual documents), catalog generation provides you a list of URLs contained within each content database. This list of URLs is displayed on the recoverable item pane in the DPM Administrator console.

  • If you are running Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, then install Knowledge Base article 941422, "Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0" (

    You must install Knowledge Base article 941422 on all protected servers on which Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 with SP1, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 are installed.

  • Run ConfigureSharePoint.exe on the front-end Web server. For more information, see Using ConfigureSharePoint.

  • If you are using SQL Server databases configured to use SQL aliases in the SharePoint farm then install the SQL Server 2005 client components on the front-end Web server of the SharePoint farm that DPM will protect. For information about installing SQL Server 2005 components, see How to: Install SQL Server 2005 (

If the SharePoint VSS Writer service does not start on the front-end Web server then you must manually start this service. For more information, in Configuring DPM 2007, see "Starting and Configuring the WSS VSS Writer Service" (