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Uninstall DPM


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager

This article provides step-by-step instructions for uninstalling System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM). When you uninstall DPM, you can choose whether to remove or retain your data protection configuration, which contains your recovery points, replicas, and protection schedule. If you plan to reinstall DPM and resume the protection schedule or access current recovery points, you must choose to retain your data protection configuration when you uninstall DPM.


If you do not plan to reinstall DPM immediately, before you uninstall DPM, you should disable end-user recovery on the DPM server and run synchronization jobs for each data source in your protection. Following these steps helps to ensure that end users for whom you have denied access to files on protected computers cannot access the replicas of those files on the DPM server.

When you uninstall DPM, Setup uninstalls only the DPM application. Setup does not remove the prerequisite software, protection agents, user settings, or DPM reports deployed by using SQL Server Reporting Services. If you are not reinstalling DPM, the reports will be removed when you uninstall SQL Server.


If you plan to reinstall DPM, uninstall only the DPM application. Do not uninstall protection agents, prerequisites, or SQL Server. If you uninstall SQL Server, you will lose your DPM reports.

To permanently uninstall DPM, the prerequisite software, DPM reports, and protection agents, complete all steps in the following order:

If you want to permanently uninstall DPM, use DPM Administrator Console to uninstall protection agents deployed on protected servers before you uninstall DPM. Alternatively, you can use Add or Remove Programs to uninstall protection agents from the protected computers locally after you uninstall DPM.

To uninstall the DPM application

  1. In Control Panel, click Programs, and then click Programs and Features.

  2. In the Uninstall or change a program list, right-click System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM), and then click Uninstall/Change.

    The Setup Wizard opens.

  3. On the Uninstallation Options page, click either Retain disk-based recovery points or Remove data, and then click Next.

  4. On the Summary of Options page, click Uninstall.

  5. When DPM has been uninstalled, click Close.

Following are the prerequisites that you might want to uninstall, unless you are using them with other programs.


Uninstalling SQL Server 2008 also uninstalls SQL Server Reporting Services. If you plan to reinstall DPM and have DPM reports, do not uninstall SQL Server 2008.

SQL Server 2008

To uninstall SQL Server 2008

  1. In Control Panel, click Programs, and then click Programs and Features.

  2. In the Uninstall or change a program list, right-click Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (64-bit), click Uninstall/Change, and then click Remove.

  3. Follow the steps in the wizard to remove SQL Server 2008.


    In addition to installing software required for DPM, SQL Server Setup installs the following software, which is not a requirement for DPM:

    • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1

    • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 Query Tools

    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client

    • Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2.0

    • Microsoft Office 2003 Web Components

    This software is not removed when you uninstall DPM or when you uninstall the last instance of SQL Server. You must uninstall this software manually.

Windows PowerShell 2.0

The following procedure applies to only Windows Server 2008.

To uninstall Windows PowerShell 2.0

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

  2. In Server Manager, expand Features, and then click Remove Features.

  3. On the Select Feature page of the Remove Features Wizard, in the Features pane, click Remove Features.

  4. Clear the Windows PowerShell check box and complete the uninstallation process.

Single Instance Storage (SIS)

To uninstall Windows Single Instance Storage (SIS)

  1. In an elevated command prompt window, run start /w ocsetup.exe SIS-Limited /uninstall /quiet /norestart.

  2. After SIS is uninstalled, you must restart the computer.

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