Help Overview for System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager

System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) is a server-based application that enables disk-based and tape-based data protection and recovery for computers in and across Active Directory domains. DPM performs replication, synchronization, and recovery point creation to provide reliable protection and rapid recovery of data both by system administrators and by end-users.

DPM uses replication, the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) infrastructure, and a policy-driven engine to provide businesses of all sizes with nearly continuous protection and rapid, reliable data recovery.

Use the following table for quick access to important tasks required to protect and recover your data.

Quick Access Guide

To learn about Resource

System Requirements

To verify that the DPM server and the protected computers meet the system requirements, see System requirements.

Known issues and late-breaking information

For solutions for any problems that you might encounter with DPM, see Release notes.

What's new

What's New.

Planning a deployment

To learn how to plan your network topology, hardware configuration, and data protection infrastructure, see Planning a deployment.

Upgrading to DPM

For information about upgrading DPM, see Upgrading to System Center 2012 DPM.


For step-by-step instructions for deploying DPM, see Deploying DPM.


For step-by-step instructions for installing DPM, see Installing DPM.


To start using DPM to protect data, see Configuring DPM.


For information about using the Administrator Console, see Administrator Console.


To learn about managing your installation after you install, configure, and deploy DPM, see the Operations guide.

For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

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