What's New in DPM 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

This section introduces the new features and enhancements that are available in System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010.

DPM 2010 New Features and Enhancements

  • DPM 2010 automatically grows volumes as required.

  • DPM 2010 allows you to shrink volumes so your space is used effectively.

  • Support for system protection of Windows Server 2008 and later editions.

  • Exchange Server 2010 databases now appear within the Database Availability Group (DAG) after creating a new protection group.

  • Improved Windows SharePoint support for the following:

    • Restoring individual SharePoint list items.

    • Parallel backups of databases that are on the same instance of SQL Server 2005 in a SharePoint farm.

    • SharePoint list item search recovery. Note that you can now perform a search based on the title of the list item.

    • SharePoint tape backup.

      In DPM 2010, DPM takes the last valid backup at the database level, and then copies the backup to tape. This process creates a complete recovery point for the SharePoint farm. In previous releases, the latest farm level recovery point was backed up to tape, and might not have included all of the databases causing the copy-to-tape operation to be incomplete.

    • Recovery of items in a SharePoint farm using host-headers.

  • The DPM Library Management tab now displays the amount of data that has been written to available tapes.

  • New SQL Server Self Service Recovery Configuration Tool user interface.

    • To open the tool, in DPM Administrator Console, on the Protection tab, in the Actions pane, click ConfigureSelfServiceRecoveryForSQLServer.
  • Enhanced support for SQL Server database administrators. Using the SQL Self Service Recovery tool, the database administrator can now specify the recovered files path in addition to auto-recovery under an instance of SQL Server.

  • In previous releases, DPM performed a long erase operation from tape. For this DPM RC and future releases, DPM will also perform a short (or quick) erase if the following regkey is set:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\Agent] "UseShortErase"=dword:00000000


    Although short erase is a much faster operation than long erase, it does not perform a complete erase of the data from tape. Therefore, do not set the registry key if you have a policy requiring that all data be erased from tape and unrecoverable thereafter.

  • DPM 2010 allows you to protect client computers, like laptop computers, that may not be connected to the network at all times.

  • Users of protected client computers can recover their data without waiting for the backup administrator.