Moving the DPM Server to a Different Computer

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

This topic describes the steps that you must take to move a DPM server to a different computer. If you have a DPM server that is running on a server (for example, Server1) and you decide to move it to a different server (for example, Server2), then you must perform the following procedure:

On Server1, follow these steps:

  1. Back up the DPM database.

  2. Note the updates installed on DPM by using the Add or Remove Programs item in Control Panel.

On Server2, follow these steps:

  1. Remove Server1 from the network. Ensure that the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of Server1 and Server2 is the same.

  2. Install DPM.

  3. Install all the DPM updates that were previously installed on Server1.

  4. Restore the DPM database.


The FQDN and version of DPM on both Server1 and Server2 must be the same.

To back up the DPM database

  1. At the command prompt, run DPMBackup.exe -db, located at Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\bin.

  2. In the console tree of the backup program, browse to Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\Volumes\ShadowCopy\Database Backups. The file name of the DPM database backup is DPMDB.bak.

  3. Select the media to which you want to back up the database.

  4. Start the backup.

To install DPM

For information about how to install DPM, see Installing DPM 2010 (

To restore the DPM database

  1. At the command prompt, type DpmSync –restoredb –dbloc <DPMDB location>, and then press ENTER.


    The default location of DPMDB is C:\Program Files\Microsoft DPM\DPM\DPMDB. When you use an existing instance of SQL Server for DPM, the default location of DPMDB is the path on the instance of SQL Server where the SQL databases are located.

  2. At the command prompt, type DpmSync -sync.

  3. After the new installation is complete and the database is restored, in DPM Administrator Console, in the Monitoring task area, check for protection jobs that failed. Manually restart any failed jobs.

  4. After you restart the failed jobs, you must perform a consistency check for all data sources. For more information about how to perform a manual consistency check, see "How to synchronize a replica" in DPM 2010 Help.