Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (DPM 2007)

DPM 2007 is a great tool for backing up Microsoft software (File/Active Directory/SQL/Exchange/SharePoint...), very fast, convenient and very economical.

* Presentation slide download (1.8M)

* DPM 2007 demo video download (5.1M)
- DPM Server installation, Agent manual installation (firewall exceptions created)
- Backup Exchange, SQL and File servers
- Restore Exchange Maildatabase, Mail messages (using DPM and Outlook)
- Restore File data, and enabling end user recovery
- Restore SQL data (database, table, row data...)

* DPM SRT (System Recovery Tool) demo video download (2.2M)
This is yet another great tool that comes with DPM 2007, that allow daily backup of the whole system volume (normally the drive C:) and may be other volumes of the servers so that you can quickly recover the servers (and maybe the data) in case of hardware failure, server being unable to boot, system failure after installing a untested hotfix, etc... The protected servers do not need to be shutdown in order to be backed up.

More information can be found at

* To download DPM 2007 and DMP SRT (System Recovery Tool) evaluation software:

  • SystemCenter Data Protection Manager 2007 x86
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 x64
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SRT

* External link: Cao Son's Infra Disaster Recovery 360 with DPM + DPM SRT

* SAN support in DPM 2007: The DPM Server will obviously need storage for itself. This storage can be in locally attached disks or on a SAN. The data in the protected servers can also be can stored in locally attached disks or on a SAN. If both the DPM Server and the protected servers use a SAN for storage, there are interesting things your could do to leverage the SAN technologies and reduce the time for both the initial replica creation and an eventual data restore. This is something many SAN vendors have thoroughly documented via white papers. For more info: 

Choosing Sources for Storage Capacity (From the DPM Planning and Deployment Guide)

DPM can use any of the following for storage pool capacity:

·         Direct attached storage (DAS)

·         Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN)

·         iSCSI storage device or SAN

The storage pool supports most disk types, including Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE), Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA), and SCSI, and supports both the master boot record (MBR) and GUID partition table (GPT) partition styles.

The storage pool does not support USB/1394 disks.


You cannot use NAS as the storage pool.


IDEAS report: Use Microsoft DPM 2007 to backup Windows workloads


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