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What Is a Protection Agent?

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

A protection agent is software that you install on each of the computers that you want to protect with DPM. The protection agent performs the following functions:

  • Records changes to protected data in a change journal. The protection agent creates a separate change journal for each protected volume and stores the journal in a hidden file on that volume.

  • Transfers the change journal from the protected computer to the DPM server to enable DPM to synchronize the replica.

  • Allows the DPM server to browse the shares, volumes, and folders on the protected computer.

A protection agent is controlled exclusively by the DPM server from which it is installed. You cannot assign an installed protection agent to work with a different DPM server.

Software Components

The protection agent software consists of two components: the protection agent itself and an agent coordinator. The agent coordinator is software that is temporarily installed on a protected computer during installation, update, or uninstallation of a protection agent.

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