Protect a Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 environment with System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager [AX 2012]

Updated: October 21, 2013

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2

You can use the Create New Protection Group wizard for Microsoft System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM) to help protect Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2.

You must first install the Volume Shadow Copy Service writer for Microsoft Dynamics AX (AX VSS writer) and a DPM Protection Agent on the computer that runs the instance of Microsoft Dynamics AX Application Object Server (AOS) that you want to help protect. For more information, see Install the VSS writer for Microsoft Dynamics AX.

For an overview of what you can help protect and recover by using the AX VSS writer and DPM, see Protecting Microsoft Dynamics AX environments with System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM).

  1. In the System Center 2012 DPM Administration Console, click Protection, and then click New.

  2. In the Create New Protection Group wizard, if the Welcome page appears, click Next.

  3. On the Select Protection Group Type page, click Servers.

  4. On the Select Group Members page, expand the server on which the AOS instance that links your environment is installed, select the Microsoft Dynamics AX components to help protect, and then click Next.

  5. On the Select Data Protection Method page, enter a name for the protection group, select the protection method to use, and then click Next.

  6. On the Specify Short-Term Goals page, specify how long to retain backups and when to run backups, and then click Next.

  7. On the Review Disk Allocation page, define how to allocate space for backups, and then click Next.

  8. On the Choose Replica Creation Method page, select how to create replicas, and then click Next.

  9. On the Consistency Check Options page, select when to run consistency checks, and then click Next.

  10. On the Summary page, review the options that you selected, and then click Create Group.

This section describes issues that you might encounter and how you can recover from them.

Symptom: Replica creation, recovery point creation, or the consistency check failed, and an error 52 was generated.

Resolution: Enable throttling for the DPM agent that experiences communication issues. For more information, see Using Network Bandwidth Usage Throttling. For backups, if you continue to receive this error, a consistency check usually transfers the last bits of data and produces a replica in the OK state. We use 3 Mbps as the throttling default. You might want to adjust throttling, based on your network bandwidth.

Symptom: Backup takes longer than you expected.

Resolution: Log on to the computer that is taking a long time to be backed up. If a message box for the registry export error is visible, check the temporary backup directory. If the backup file has been created, you can safely click OK in the message box for the registry export error and continue with the backup.

Announcements: To see known issues and recent fixes, use Issue search in Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS).