17 February 2011

Data Protection Manager 2010 Installation Walk through Part II

Once your DPM installation is completed there are some required configuration tasks
  • Adding disks to the storage pool
  • Configuring tape libraries
  • Installing and configuring protection agents
  • Creating protection groups
Adding Disks to the storage pool.

In my VM I provisioned 2 additional disks
  • From the DPM console select the Managemetn section
  • Select the Disks tab
  • Form the actions menu click add


  • Add the disks you want to allocate to the storage pool
  • OK

The storage pool has now been created and you can see the associated properties.
Disks can be added and removed from the storage pool at any time depending on the amount of space available / required.

Configuring tape libraries
I don't have one...
But Microsoft does --- http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff399665.aspx

Installing and configuring protection agents

Prepare agent machines
Before a machine can be protected the DPM agent needs to be installed.  It has to match the following software requirements.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff399140.aspx

You also need to make some changes to the Windows Firewall on the DPM server.  It is nicely documented here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff399062.aspx

Installing the agent 
There are a few way to install the protection agent, but the one I prefer is the one that you would end up deploying with SCCM or batch.

On the DPM server the following folders have the installation files:

x64   -C:\Program Files\Microsoft DPM\DPM\ProtectionAgents\RA\3.0.7696.0\amd64
x86  -C:\Program Files\Microsoft DPM\DPM\ProtectionAgents\RA\3.0.7696.0\i386

You can execute the relevant installer on the client machine with the DPM server FQDN as a parameter. eg

DPMAgentInstaller_x86.exe myserver.mydomain.com

Attaching agents to the DPM server
The DPM server now needs to attach to the DPM agane ton the protected machine.  

From the management section select the agents tab

  • Click install from the actions pane
  • Select the option to attach agent in a trusted domain.
  • Follow the wizard and provide:
  • Agent name
  • Username and password for DPM connection
  • Confirm installation

You should now see your protected machine ins the Agents tab


Creating Protection groups
Your DPM server is now configured with a place to put the data.  Your clients are now configured to talk to the DPM server.  Now you need to specify what and how things will be backed up and retained.  To do this you need to create the protection groups.  The strategy for making up your protection groups is to group similar content source and retentions periods together.  For instance, you may have multiple file servers put in one protection group and only one SharePoint server in another.


From the Protection section of the DPM console select Create Protection Group from the actions menu.
This laucnhes an extensive wizrd to allows you to condigure what you want to back up where you want to keep it and for how long etc, etc,



That should now complete a very basic fully functional DPM 2010 deployment.

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