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Install System Center 2012 - DPM


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager, System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager

When you install System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM), you need to install the DPM application and the DPM prerequisite software. 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 have questions at any point in the process, click Help.

The DPM Setup Wizard is designed to install DPM prerequisite software from the DPM product DVD. If you want to use retail copies of one or more of the prerequisite products for your DPM installation, install the products manually before you start the DPM Setup Wizard.

Running Setup

  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. You can copy and paste the license terms into a text editor for printing. After installation is complete you can click the About DPM icon in the DPM Administrator Console to access the license terms

  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. Before the prerequisites check can complete, you’ll need to specify the SQL Server instance that will be used for the DPM database, as follows:

    • To use an instance of SQL Server that is collocated on the DPM server, select Use the dedicated instance of SQL Server. In this case DPM will either install a new instance of SQL Server 2008 on the server, or use an existing instance if it exists. If you’re running DPM in System Center 2012 with SP1, and you want to use a local instance of SQL Server 2012, read the topic Install DPM as an Azure virtual machine.

    • Alternatively, to use a remote instance of SQL Server, select Use an existing instance of SQL Server.

    • In Instance of SQL Server, type the name of the remote SQL Server instance in the format. **<Computer Name>\<Instance Name>**, and then type the credentials for 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.

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

      • 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>.

    • When the prerequisites check 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.

  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. In Database files, click Change to modify the default installation location for the DPM database.

    5. 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 Security Settings page, select a password for the DPM and SQL Server service accounts:

    • In Password, type a strong password for the restricted MICROSOFT$DPM$Acct and DPMR$<computer name> accounts. For security purposes, DPM runs the instance of Microsoft SQL Server and the SQL Server Agent service under the MICROSOFT$DPM$Acct account, which DPM Setup creates during the installation. To securely generate reports, DPM creates the DPMR$<computer name> account. Note the following:

      • A SQL Server service account isn’t created if you’re going to use a remote SQL Server

      • Setting strong passwords is essential to the security of your system. A strong password is a password that is at least six characters long, does not contain all or part of the user’s account name, and contains at least three of the following four categories of characters: uppercase characters, lowercase characters, base 10 digits, and symbols (such as !, @, #).

      • The password that you provide does not expire.

      • DPM sets the system administrator (SA) password for the instance of SQL Server to the same password that you specify for the MICROSOFT$DPM$Acct account.

  11. After you reconfirm the password, click Next.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. On the Summary page, confirm the installation settings, and click Install to continue.

  16. 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.

See Also

Manually install prerequisite software