In my LAB I use two computers


- DC2012Domain Controller (domain mcthub.local) running Windows Server 2012.

- DPMSERVER: Domain Member running Windows Server 2012, this computer has been installed DPM 2012 SP1
You can see part 1


On DC2012, create a folder with the name that you want  (C:\Data) and several files. I'll perform backup data in this folder


Now, you need to configure the storage pool. DPM 2012 requires a disk that is dedicated to the storage pool. I have a disk connected to this computer (Disk 0) as a good disk to configure as DPM storage.

Open DPM Administrator Console, in the Management task area, on the Disks tab, in  the Actions pane, click Add button. A warning pops-up asking that the disk will be converted to dynamic, click Yes.

          The disk will show up as belonging to the DPM storage pool. Choose the disk and click Add button

Click OK  button

Make sure status of the disk is Healthy


Installing Agent

To install a Protection Agent, in the Management task, on the Agents tab, click Install 

The Protection Agent Installation wizard appears and guides you through the process of creating the protection agent. Select Install agents - click  Next

Select one or more computers from the Computer name list (I select DC2012) and click Add

Make sure that DC2012 has appeared in the "Selected computers" box, click Next

Type the user name and password for a domain user account that is a member of the local administrators group on all selected servers and click Next.

DPM will try to detect clusters


Select the method you will use to restart the computers after the protection agent is installed. Click Next. 

Click Install to start installation

After the installation was successful - Click Close


Verify the success of the installation process

Swith to DC2012, if the agent is installed, it will now appear on the Programs and Features 

- Open Services Console. You will see that DPMRA service is Running

And you need to set Startup type to Automatic - Click OK

Verify status of the is OK


Creating Protection Group

            To create a Protection Group, in the Protection task, click New button

 The New Protection Group Wizard appears and guides you through the process of creating the protection group - Click Next

- Select  Server - Click Next

- Select Data folder on DC2012 server - Click Next

- Type an arbitrary name for Protection Group.  Select I want short-term protection using check box for short-term protection and then select the media you want to use from the drop-down list. Because my server do not have a tape attached to the DPM server, only Disk is available. Click Next

Select the retention duration for data recovery in the Retention range box. In the Synchronization frequency section, enter the frequency of the incremental backups. click Next

DPM will display its recommended disk allocations, accept default values - click Next

Select when you want DPM to execute the initial replication of your data, I select Now  and click Next

Choose either the Run a consistency check if a replica becomes inconsistent or the Run a daily consistency check according to the following schedule. Click Next.

Review the tasks that DPM is set to perform to create the protection group and click Create Group

Click Close when completed

Verity status of Protection Group. If you see status is Replica creation in progress, please patient and wait until status is OK


Based on the options you have configured, DPM server will automatically sync with DC2012 every 15 minutes. Alternatively, if you want you can Create recovery point


Click OK

Click  Close


Next, to simulate the complete loss of the data on DC2012,  I deleted all file in C:\Data folder


Now I will recover C:\Data folder on DC2012 from Recovery Points that I made earlier. Open DPM Administrator Console. Click Recovery and browse to C:\.   Click any bold date in the calendar, select a recovery point from the Recovery time drop-down box and click Recover to launch the Recovery Wizard 


Click Next


Select Recover to the original location - Click Next


Accept default values and click Next

Click Recover

 This action will take a few moments to complete.  Please wait



Click  Close when finished


Switch to DC2012, verify that the files has been restored



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By Đồng Phương Nam

See more my acticle about System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager
Part 1- Installing System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager
Part 3- Backup and recover Mailbox Exchange 2013 using System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager
Part 4- Backup to Windows Azure