DPM server hardware requirements

The following table lists the minimum and recommended hardware requirements for the DPM server.

Component Minimum requirement Recommended requirement
Processor 1 GHz, dual-core CPU or faster 2.33 GHz quad-core CPU
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
Pagefile 1.5 times the amount of RAM on the computer. 0.2 percent of the combined size of all recovery point volumes, in addition to the minimum required size (1.5 times the amount of RAM on the computer).
Disk space for DPM installation
  • DPM installation location: 3 GB
  • Database files drive: 900 MB
  • System drive: 1 GB

The system drive disk space requirement is necessary if you choose to install the dedicated instance of SQL Server from DPM Setup. If you use a remote instance of SQL Server, this disk space requirement is considerably less.

DPM requires a minimum of 300 MB of free space on each protected volume for the change journal. Additionally, before archiving data to tape, DPM copies the file catalog to a temporary DPM installation location; therefore, we recommend that the volume on which DPM is installed contains 2–3 GB of free space.
Disk space for storage pool

 

The storage pool does not support Universal Serial Bus (USB)/1394 disks.

1.5 times the size of the protected data 2.5–3 times the size of the protected data
Logical unit number (LUN) N/A
  • Maximum of 17 TB for GUID partition table (GPT) dynamic disks
  • 2 TB for master boot record (MBR) disks

These requirements are based on the maximum size of the disk as it appears to the Windows Server operating system.

DPM server operating system requirements

The table below summarizes supported operating systems for the DPM server. Note that only 64-bit operating systems are supported. 32-bit and Itanium architecture–based operating systems are not supported.

Supported operating system
Windows Server 2012 R2, Datacenter and Standard editions
Windows Server 2012, Datacenter and Standard editions
Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, Standard and Enterprise editions

DPM server installation requirements and limitations

  • You can install DPM on the same volume that the operating system is installed on, or you can install DPM on a different volume that does not include the operating system.
  • DPM is designed to run on a dedicated, single-purpose server. The DPM server should not be installed on any of the following:
    • A computer on which the Application Server role is installed.
    • A computer that is an Operations Manager management server
    • A computer on which Exchange Server is running.
    • A computer that is a cluster node.
  • DPM is not supported on the Turkish language version of any of the listed Windows Server versions.
  • The following prerequisites are required for installation:
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
    • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable
    • Windows PowerShell 3.0
    • Windows Installer 4.5 or later versions
    • Windows Single Instance Store (SIS)
    • Microsoft Application Error Reporting

    Setup automatically installs these if they are not already installed or enabled. If any pre-requisites cannot be installed during setup, or if you want to install them before you install DPM, you can install them manually. For more information, see Installing Prerequisite Software Manually.

  • After you have installed DPM, we recommend that you run Windows Update on the DPM server and, if you use a remote database, on the remote computer where the DPM database is located, and install all important updates or hotfixes.

SQL Server requirements

For the DPM database, DPM requires a dedicated instance of 64-bit SQL Server as follows:

  • SQL Server 2012 with SP1 (11.0.3000)—Standard or Enterprise edition.
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 with SP2 (10.50.4000)—Standard or Enterprise edition

Protected computer requirements

For a complete list of DPM protection support for computers and workloads, see the Support Matrix for DPM Protection. Prerequisites for computers running the DPM protection agent are summarized in the following table. If any prerequisites cannot be installed during setup, or if you want to install them before you install DPM, you can install them manually. For more information, see Installing Prerequisite Software Manually.

Protected workload Prerequisites
Computer volumes
  • Protected volumes must be formatted as NTFS file system. DPM cannot protect volumes formatted as FAT or FAT32. Also, the volume must be at least 1 gigabyte (GB) for DPM to protect it. DPM uses the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to create a snapshot of the protected data, and VSS will create a snapshot only if the volume size is greater than or equal to 1 GB.
  • Computers must have the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed.
File Servers Before you can protect a file server running Windows Server 2008 R2, you must apply the hotfix KB977381
Exchange Note the following when protecting Exchange:

  • Before you can protect Exchange Server 2007 data in a Clustered Continuous Replication (CCR) configuration, you must apply KB940006.
  • The eseutil.exe and ese.dll versions that are installed on the most recent release of Exchange Server must be the same versions that are installed on the DPM  server. So if you’re using the 64-bit version of DPM, you must have the 64-bit version of eseutil.exe and ese.dll.
  • In addition, you must update eseutil.exe and ese.dll on the DPM server if they are updated on a computer running Exchange Server after applying an upgrade or an update. For more information about updating eseutil.exe and ese.dll, see Eseutil.exe and Ese.dll. Do the following to maintain up-to-date copies of eseutil.exe and ese.dll:
    1. Install the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 management tools on the DPM server.
    2. When you install the management tools, ensure that you install the management tools for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange that you are protecting. For example, if one of your mail servers is running Microsoft Exchange 2007 and another mail server is running Microsoft Exchange 2007 SP1, you must install the management tools for Microsoft Exchange 2007 SP1.
    3. At the command prompt, in the <DPM installation folder>\Bin directory, use the following syntax with the fsutil command to create a hard link for eseutil.exe: fsutil hardlink create
      On a typical installation, the command would look like the following: fsutil hardlink create “c:\program files\microsoft\dpm\bin\eseutil.exe” “c:\program files\microsoft\Exchange\bin\eseutil.exe”
Hyper-V To protect Hyper-V, note the following:

  • For a clustered or non-clustered computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V, apply the hotfix described in KB975354
  • For a clustered computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V, also apply the hotfix described in KB975921
  • Before you can protect a computer running Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V, you must apply the following updates:
SharePoint When protecting SharePoint, note the following:

  • Before you can protect a computer running Office SharePoint Server 2007, you must apply the update in KB941422
  • If you use the Office SharePoint Server Search service, before you can protect Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP1 data, you must apply the following updates:

Remote administration requirements

In addition to managing DPM directly from the DPM server, you can use DPM Remote Administration or the Central Console.

DPM Remote Administration allows you to work on your DPM servers from any computer. It also supports task-based scripting.

With DPM Central Console you can monitor and manage multiple DPM servers from one location.

Operating system requirements are summarized in the following table.

Remote Administration Option Supported Operating System
Remote Administration
  • Windows 8.1 preview
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
Central Console

In addition, computers from which you want to remotely administer DPM require the following prerequisites::

  • DPM Central Console must be installed on Operations Manager server or a computer running Operations Manager Console. You can install it on the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 or 4.5
  • If any prerequisites cannot be installed during setup, or if you want to install them before you install DPM, you can install them manually. For more information, see Installing Prerequisite Software Manually.

Network requirements

The following are the network requirements for System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM):

  • DPM must be installed on a 64-bit computer that is located in a Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domain.
  • DPM can protect servers and workstations across domains within a forest that has a two-way trust relationship with the domain that the DPM server is located in. If there is not a two-way trust across domains, you can protect the computers using DPM’s support for computers in workgroups or untrusted domains. For more information, see Managing Protected Computers in Workgroups and Untrusted Domains.
    DPM supports data protection across forests as long as you establish a forest-level, two-way trust between the separate forests. To set up a forest-level trust relationship, both domains must be in Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003 forest mode.
  • If you are protecting data over a wide area network (WAN), there is a minimum network bandwidth requirement of 512 kilobits per second (Kbps).
  • DPM does not support disjointed namespaces.

Support Matrix for DPM Protection

 

Supported workload Supported workload version DPM in System Center 2012 R2 DPM in System Center 2012 SP1 DPM in System Center 2012 Protectable and recoverable data
Computers running client operating systems (64-bit, 32-bit)

Note the following:

  • Protected volumes must be formatted as NTFS file system. DPM cannot protect volumes formatted as FAT or FAT32.
  • The volume must be at least 1 gigabyte (GB) for DPM to protect it.
    DPM uses the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to create a snapshot of the protected data, and VSS will create a snapshot only if the volume size is greater than or equal to 1 GB.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 8.1 Y Y N Files

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 8 Y Y Y
Windows 7 Y Y Y
Windows Vista with SP2 N Y Y
Windows Vista with SP1 N N Y
Windows Vista N N Y
Windows XP with SP2 N N Y
Computers running server operating systems

64-bit only. 32-bit or Itanium architecture–based operating systems are not supported

Windows Server 2012 R2, Datacenter and Standard editions Y N N
  • Protectable data:
    • Volume
    • Share
    • Folder
    • System state
  • Recoverable data:
    • Volume
    • Share
    • Folder
    • Files
    • System state
Windows Server 2012, Datacenter and Standard editions Y Y N
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Standard and Enterprise editions Y Y Y
Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard and Enterprise Editions N Y Y
Windows Storage Server 2008 N Y Y
Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2 N Y Y
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 – Core, Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter Editions N Y Y
SQL Server

 

 

SQL Server 2012 Y Y Y Database

 

 

SQL Server 2008 R2 Y Y Y
SQL Server 2008 Y Y Y
Exchange Server

 

 

Exchange Server 2013 Y Y N Exchange 2007:

  • Protectable data:
    • Storage group
  • Recoverable data:
    • Storage group
    • Database
    • Mailbox

Exchange 2010; Exchange 2013

  • Protectable data:
    • Standalone Exchange Server 2010 servers
    • Databases under a database availability group (DAG)
  • Recoverable data:
    • Mailbox
    • Mailbox databases under a DAG

 

 

Exchange Server 2010 Y Y Y
Exchange Server 2007 Y Y Y
SharePoint SharePoint 2013 Y Y N
  • Protectable data:
    • Farm
    • SharePoint search
    • Frontend Web server content
  • Recoverable data:
    • Farm
    • Database
    • Web application
    • File or list item
    • SharePoint search
    • SharePoint frontend Web server
SharePoint 2010 Y Y Y
SharePoint 2007 Y Y Y
Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 Y Y Y
Hyper-V Windows Server 2012 R2, Datacenter and Standard editions with Hyper-V Y N N
  • Protectable data:
    • Hyper-V computers
    • Cluster shared volumes (CSV)
  • Recoverable data:
    Item-level recovery of:

    • Files and folders
    • Volumes
    • Virtual hard drives

 

 

 

 

Windows Server 2012, Datacenter and Standard editions with Hyper-V Y Y Y
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Standard and Enterprise editions with Hyper-V Y Y Y
Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V N Y Y

 

While installing SQL server you will face the issue called NetFx3. please click the below link to solve this issue.

https://mshiyas.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/microsoft-sql-server-2012-setup-error-when-enabling-netfx3/

In SQL server instance, Agent and reporting services required domain administrator account or local administrator account.

After successful configuration of the sql Server you should start reporting services,SQL server agent and the instance server.

Now you can start the DPM 2012 R2 installation.

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