Recover protected data
Updated: May 13, 2016
Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager, System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager
Loss of data is an unwanted event for any organization. System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) helps mitigate such losses by providing you with the ability to recover backed up data. To enable data recovery, DPM creates recovery points (previous versions) of your protected data in accordance with settings you specify in the policy for a protection group. A recovery point, also referred to as a snapshot, is a point-in-time copy of a replica stored on the DPM server. A replica is a complete point-in-time copy of the protected shares, folders, and files for a single volume on a protected computer. When you start protecting data, an initial full replica of the data is copied to the allocated replica volume.
You can browse through the recovery points to find, select, and recover previous versions of your protected data. DPM provides search and browse features that help you find the data that you need to recover. After you find the data, you can recover the version you find, or you can display a list of all available versions so that you can select a specific version to recover. Recovered data can be from any workloads you protect using DPM — client computer or server data, files, applications, or workloads such as SQL Server, SharePoint, Hyper-V, or Exchange.
It takes only a few minutes to find data, select a version, and start a recovery job or recovery collection (multiple jobs). Depending on the size of data being recovered, the job can take less than a minute or it could take hours. You can check the status of recovery jobs in the Monitoring task area.