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Install System Center 2012 R2 - DPM


Updated: July 21, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager

The DPM Setup Wizard guides you through the process of specifying DPM configuration settings, and automatically installs or provides links to install the prerequisite software as part of the integrated DPM installation process. If you would prefer to download a PDF version of the installation guide, Installing DPM 2012 R2 is available on the Download center.

Before you begin

Verify that all system requirements and prerequisites are in place. For details see Preparing your environment for System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM).

DPM can be installed on a physical server, as a virtual machine running on an on-premises Hyper-V server, or as an Azure virtual machine. You run setup in the same way but if you’re deploying in a virtual environment read the following before you start:

Running Setup

Run Setup as follows. Note that Setup stops the Removable Storage service before installing DPM.

  1. On your installation media, right-click setup.exe, and then click Run as administrator.

  2. In the Install list, click Data Protection Manager.


  3. On the Use the Microsoft Software License Terms page, click I accept the license terms and conditions to start Setup. Then click OK. If you don’t want to accept the terms, click Cancel to exit Setup.

  4. On the Welcome page, click Next.

  5. On the Prerequisites Check page, click Check and Install to verify that the computer meets the Setup requirements. Note the following:

    • Before you begin the prerequisites check, you must specify whether the DPM database will use an instance of SQL Server that’s either collocated (local) on the DPM server, or located on a remote server, as

      • Select Use stand-alone SQL Server if you want to use a standalone instance of SQL Server.

      • Alternatively, select Use clustered SQL Server if you want to use an instance of SQL Server running in a cluster.

      • In Instance of SQL Server, type in the server location. Use the format **<Computer Name>\<Instance Name>**. If the SQL Server instance is collocated with DPM then type in the name of the DPM server.

      • Specify credentials, including a user name, domain, and password. Note the following:

        • The name of the SQL Server shouldn’t include the underscore (“_”) character. If it does the DPM installation might fail.

        • You shouldn’t use localized characters in the computer name when you want to install DPM using a remote instance of SQL Server.

        • Use a domain user account that is a member of both the local Administrators group and the SQL Server Sysadmin fixed server role on the computer where the remote instance is installed. After setup is complete you can remove the account from the local Administrators group.

        • A restart is necessary to start the volume filter that DPM uses to track and transfer block-level changes between DPM and the computers it protects, or between the primary and secondary DPM servers.


      • After installation, your DPM database will be named DPMDB_<DPMServername> or DPMDB_<DPMServername><GUID>.

      Note If you are installing the DPM database on a remote SQL instance, you must prepare that SQL instance first. For details on this process visit this article: Setting up a remote SQL Server instance.

    • When the check prerequisites runs, if the “check item failed” symbol appears for one or more required or recommended components, Setup displays one of the following:

      • Warning. Indicates that a recommended component is missing or noncompliant. Review the alert and determine whether to resolve the issue now or continue with the installation. If any recommended component is missing, you can click Next, and DPM will install the required prerequisite software.


        The installer does not install Windows updates. You must download and install them yourself.

      • Error. Indicates that a required component is missing or noncompliant. Resolve the error, and then click Check to verify all components are installed before you continue with the installation.

      • When the prerequisite check is complete and all required components are present, Setup displays a confirmation, and the Next button becomes available.

      • If you see an error that the SISFilter is missing simply click the Check Again button. The SISFilter install will complete after you click the button.


  6. On the Product Registration page, specify the identification information that is used to register your copy of DPM, as follows:

    • In User name, Type your name. When you install DPM, provide the name of a user responsible for administering the DPM server. A user name is required to continue Setup.

    • In Company, optionally specify the name of your organization.

    • In Product key, specify the key that came with your DVD.

    • In Client licenses, specify the number of licenses that you have purchased to authorize protection of client computers (laptops and desktops).

    • In Standard licenses, specify the number of licenses that you have purchased to authorize protection of file resources and system state.

    • In Enterprise licenses, specify the number of licenses that you have purchased to authorize protection of both file and application resources.

  7. After you enter your identification information, click Next.

  8. On the Installation Settings page, specify where you want to install the DPM program and database files.


    Note the following:

    1. The files can be installed only on a local drive. They cannot be installed on read-only folders, hidden folders, or directly on local Microsoft Windows folders, such as Documents and Settings, Windows NT, or Program Files. (However, the files can be installed on a subfolder in the Program Files folder.)

    2. The installation partition must be formatted with the NTFS file system. To ease recovery if a boot partition failure occurs, install DPM on a partition that is separate from the boot partition.

    3. In Program Files, click Change to modify the default DPM program files installation location.

    4. The Space Requirements, verify that the selected drives have enough space for the installation.

  9. After you enter your installation settings information, click Next.

  10. On the Microsoft Update Opt-In page, optionally sign up for the Microsoft Update server. To sign up, select Use Microsoft Update when I check for updates. Note that signing up for this service delivers not only DPM updates, but all critical and required updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

  11. After you select the Microsoft Update service option, click Next.

  12. On the Customer Experience Improvement Program page, select whether you want to participate in the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). The CEIP collects data about your use of Microsoft applications to identify possible improvements. To participate, click Yes, I want to participate anonymously in this program. Alternatively, click No, remind me later to decline enrolment. You can change your CEIP enrollment choice at any time in DPM Administrator Console options.

    After you choose your CEIP option, click Next to continue.

  13. On the Summary page, confirm the installations settings, and click Install to continue.

  14. On the Installation page you can monitor Setup progress. Click Cancel at any time to exit Setup. When the installation is complete, Finish to exit the DPM Setup Wizard.

  • The installation logs are placed in C:\Program Files\ Microsoft System Center 2012\DPM\DPMLogs.

  • DPM installs its own file filter (DPMFilter.SYS). It is Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certified and is installed as part of DPM installation. This file is not removed if you uninstall DPM.