Data Protection Manager 2010 - continous backup of File Server files

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I want to backup the user data files e.g. Word, Excel files on our file servers continuously - which I believe is possible with System Center DPM 2010.  What are the software requirements to get DPM 2010 running - can it be run standalone or can it only be  run as part of an overarching System Center installation? I know there are DPM components for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc. but I am not that clear on if there is a similar separate component for file servers  or that comes with the base install of DPM 2010.  I've gone through the literature but it's a little confusing as to specifics and step-by-step details. Any real world experience and/or illustrative links would be appreciated.
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President
Top Expert 2010
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Just get a system that will run Win2K8 R2, and provision this to be a dedicated machine.
Full constraints are here,
 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/dm/ff399021.aspx

DPM runs on top of Win2K8 to turn that computer into a dedicated backup system.  Some applications co-exist on the computer, but they have potential to mess things up, so  MSFT states a list of things that won't work together with it, and they are firm that you just have to dedicate a machine.

Here is nice link to an application that you can run to figure out your storage requirements
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c136c66c-bd4a-4fb1-8088-f610cd02dc51

And link to the DPM website that I took these from.  It has detailed requirements, download trial software, installation instructions and more.

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Thanks for this. If I'm reading this correct I don't need any other System Center products or a base installation of System Center that DPM plugs into? Is this how you have it set up? Do you use the continuous backup function on your file server?


DavidPresident
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
You need client software to run on all the machines that will backup to the DPM box, but don't need anything else other than Win2K8 & the distribution to get it installed. (according to the docs).   I personally do not use DPM, as this is mostly a UNIX shop.

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