Setup DPM to backup to NAS

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I have several Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices on my network which all support iSCSI.

How can I setup Microsoft Data Protection Manager to backup to one of these NAS devices? Can this be done by installing and using iSCSI Target Server?

Or can I do this by creating a virtual VHDX disk that is stored on the network share of this NAS?

I understand this will probably take special configuration within Server 2016 to connect to the NAS device using iSCSI and I am hoping to get all the steps on how to do this.
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the 1st thing is Without a DPM agent, DPM cannot protect data.  DPM agent can only be installed on Windows operating systems ...

please check the following link which DPM supports the following  backups

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/dpm/dpm-protection-matrix?view=sc-dpm-1807

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if these NAS boxes are iSCSI targets then you may as well use iSCSI, then they will appear as local disks on your backup server. You do not install the MS target software, you use the iSCSI initiator which is already installed on Windows 2016. It's pretty straight forwards, there are loads of examples and wideos, https://www.server-world.info/en/note?os=Windows_Server_2016&p=iscsi&f=3 will do. Bear in mind that example does not cover configuring the iSCSI target on the NAS, can't cover that as you have not said what the NAS boxes are but be aware they have to be configured to allow your Windows server to connect to them, default is normally no access as you might accidentally overwrite a LUN that belongs to another server.

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