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How to Add Members to a Protection Group

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

After you create a protection group, you might want to protect a data source on a protected volume that you did not select for protection when you created the group.

The following are guidelines for adding members to a protection group:

  • When you select a data source that contains a reparse point (mount points and junction points are data sources that contain reparse points), DPM prompts you to specify whether you want to include the target of the reparse point in the protection group. The reparse point itself is not replicated; you must manually re-create the reparse point when you recover the data.

  • We recommend that you exclude system volumes and program folders from protection as a volume or share. Protecting a volume that contains system files and program folders does not enable you to restore the operating system or state of a computer. To restore the state of a computer, you must select the computer's system state as the protected data source. For information about restoring a computer, in the DPM Operations Guide, see Disaster Recovery (

  • All storage groups on a single computer running Exchange Server 2003 must be in the same protection group.

To add protection group members

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

  2. In the display pane, select the protection group to which you want to add members.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Modify protection group.

  4. In the Modify Protection Group Wizard, follow the instructions to add data sources to the protection group.

To add protection group members using DPM Management Shell

  • Use the following syntax to add a member to a protection group:

    Add-ChildDatasource -ProtectionGroup <ProtectionGroup> -ChildDatasource <ProtectableObject[]> [-PassThru]

    For more information, type "Get-Help Add-ChildDatasource -detailed" in DPM Management Shell.

    For technical information, type "Get-Help Add-ChildDatasource-full" in DPM Management Shell.

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