Backup and Disaster Recovery in Operations Manager


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, System Center 2012 - Operations Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager

As part of your maintenance plan, it is important to include a backup plan. This plan should be thoroughly tested and documented in a simulated environment by using production backups. Ensure that the System Center 2012 – Operations Manager backup plan is integrated in any existing backup procedures in the organization.


Before reading this section, be sure to review Planning the System Center 2012 - Operations Manager Deployment to understand the components of Operations Manager and to learn how to prepare for failure recovery.

Decide on the following issues:

  • What to back up

  • How often to back up

  • Whether to perform complete or incremental backups

  • How and when to practice restore procedures

After you decide what the best backup strategies for your System Center 2012 – Operations Manager environment, develop and document a backup plan to become part of the overall disaster recovery plan.

We strongly recommend that you test your backup and restore procedures thoroughly. Testing helps ensure that you have the required backups to recover from various failures and that staff can run the procedures smoothly and quickly if a failure occurs.

You can use a test environment including all the Operations Manager features to test your backup and restore processes.


The overall backup practices in your organization might include backing up the disk drives that the Operations Manager is installed on. When backing up those disk drives, including the management servers, ensure to exclude the <Installed Partition>\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\Server\Health Service State folder.