System Center 2012 SP1– Backing up Applications with DPM 2012

Hello Folks,

I’ve said it before… I’m always looking for individuals in the Canadian IT pro community that have expertise they’d like to share.  And yes,  one more tremendous individual has stepped up.

Islam Gomaa is a Data Protection Manager MVP from Ottawa, Canada, specialised in System Center Products, disaster recovery and system infrastructures running on the Microsoft server technology stack. Islam brings over 12 years of expertise in helping organizations align their business goals using Microsoft technology  and deploying Microsoft-based solutions for the private and public sector He is also a member of the Windows Springboard Technical Expert Panel [STEP] for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 having delivered STEP presentations as an evangelist in Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary. Islam authored some webcasts on Data Protection Manager 2007, 2010  including 300 level “Protecting Applications with DPM2007” and 400 “DPM and Opalis Automation for Disaster Recovery”. Islam presents at TechDays 2010  in Winnipeg Canada and he is always invited to present for both for OWSUG in Ottawa and MITPRO in Montreal.

Islam has a B.Sc. in computer science from Montreal university, and holds several Microsoft technical designations and he is an active member of the IT community.

Islam currently is an IT manager. Islam enjoys sharing his  adventures and ideas about system administration through his blog at and Islam is married and is a proud father of  one boy “Yassine”.

Here is a great post from Islam on using DMP to backup your environment.

Go download the evaluation today, read the information here and protect your data.




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Backing up Applications with DPM 2012 SP1

Most of us know what Data Protection Manager (DPM) can natively protect such as Windows OS starting from Servers 2003 through 2012 including files and critical server components such as system state. I often see folks confused on how to backup Microsoft and third party application using DPM, in this article I will enumerate the application that DPM supports natively and list other resources on how to back up the most common used applications and where to get information on how to backup them up properly, read on … System-Center-2012

Application that can be protected natively

Exchange Server

SQL Server

SharePoint :


Disaster recovery

  • System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Data Protection Manager (DPM) (only on SP1).
  • System Center 2012 System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM)

Applications that can be protected with DPM that it does not protect natively:

Dynamics CRM


Forefront TMG

System Center Operations Manager

System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Team Foundation Server

QuickBooks Enterprise with DPM


Steve Buchanan wrote this blog on how to protect WordPress using System center orchestrator you can use  Orchestrator with DPM to protect your worldpress blog, after the Download WordPress Zip , you need to call a DPM activity “Create recovery Point” that backup the download location.


Comments (3)

  1. RobK says:


    The white paper for Exchange only points to DPM2010. Can you please correct it so it correctly points to DPM2012

    thank you

  2. Matt says:

    Is SharePoint 2010 with SQL 2012 (always on) supported by DPM 2012 sp1?

  3. Milen says:

    Can you correct the Lync Backup page also ?

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