Continuous backukp with Data Protection Manger 2010

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I am looking for somebody who has used Data Protection Manager 2010 to do continuous backup of ordinary data files e.g. Word and Excel. What are the requirements as far as:

OS on the server running you are running this as I understand it requires a separate server?
Can it be run from a virtual machine?

What if any System Center component are you using? Do I have to install a version of System Center before I can install Data Protection Manager as an add-on to it?

I understand there are different modules for Data Protection Manager depending on what type of backup you want to do e.g. SQL, Exchange, Sharepoint. What Data Protection Manager module do I have to install to just do continuous backup of the ordinary Office type files found in users' files on a File Server?

Did you follow a step-by-step guide for doing specifically the above you found somewhere or did you have to figure it all out from scratch?  

I can see that the original backup would take a while but after that how much of a hit is there in performance if I do continuous backup?

How does continuous backup relate to shadowcopy? I want the revision history features of shadowcopy but I want a real backup that I can take off-line as well/redirect to whatever drive/media I have.

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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

To protect data files, you just need to install the regular DPM client.

As for your protection requirements, I thought the shortest interval DPM will do is 15 minutes.


1) When you say the regular client, does than mean the basic/default  install of the client or there is a specific name for the module to choose? In other words there is a SQL agent I believe, an Exchange agent - does the 'regular' agent have a name?

2) Also  this is installed on  the computer you are backing up e.g. the file server?

3) Does it make a difference if the file server is 'virtualized' with Hyper-V?

4) As far as the DPM server end goes, again is there any specific file server component to choose during the install as opposed to let's say DPM Exchange 'server' component? Is it that you have to match the client component install choice with the server component install choice e.g. if you want Sharepoint backed up you need to install the 'Sharepoint' server-side component on the DPM server and then the Sharepoint 'agent' on the Sharepoint server?

5) DPM is part of System Center as far as I understand. Do I need to install System Center on the DPM server and then install the DPM module on top of it or can I just install DPM by itself?

6) Is there a way to get DPM to work like Volume Shadow Copy so that whenever a file is changed on the source computer that is being backed up e.g. the file server, the change is backed up by DPM? Example: somebody changes an Excel file - I want that backed up by DPM as soon as they save. That would be as good as continuous.

EE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional
1. The standard agent is installed when you protect a server with DPM. There is no difference, actually. DPM figures it out.
2. An agent is installed on each computer you are protecting (backing up) with DPM.
3. DPM does not care if the system is virtual. This is how I had my setup done and it worked fine.
4. When you protect a system, DPM should detect the components that need to be protected... i.e. Exchange, Sharepoint, whatever. One caveat, be careful with Sharepoint. I had trouble because I told DPM to protect the Sharepoint server as well as the DBs for sharepoint. You only need to protect the Sharepoint server.
5. DPM is part of the System Centre family of products (Opsman, conman, etc), but does not require anything else to be installed.
6. As I said, I think the best DPM can do is a 15 minute interval. There are probably other apps that would give you "instant copies" as you describe.


Great and thorough. Thanks.

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