This Wiki article is based on Microsoft Deployment Guide for System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager with some modifications.

Installing DPM 2012 SP1

Before you install System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM), you must run the Prerequisite Checker from the Setup splash screen. The checker will check whether your computer meets the minimum requirements to run DPM. Setup installs the prerequisite software automatically. However, if it fails, you can install the prerequisite software manually. For more information, see Installing Prerequisite Software for Running DPM 2012 Manually.

DPM requires a SQL Server instance for the DPM database. You can use SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2012. For more information on setting up the database, see Setting up the DPM database.

Note --> DPM does not support clustered or mirrored SQL Server for hosting the DPM database.

You can install DPM and its prerequisite software either from the product DVD or from a network share to which you have copied the contents of the product DVD. If you want to install from a network share, the share must duplicate the exact directory structure of the product DVD.

Before installing DPM, note the following:

  • All computers that you use for your DPM installation must meet at least the minimum hardware and software requirements. For more information, see System requirements.

  • Setup stops (disables permanently) the Removable Storage service before installing DPM.

  • 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 during DPM uninstallation.

  • You must have administrative privileges to install DPM.