System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) is a server-based application that enables disk-based and tape-based data protection and recovery for computers in and across Active Directory domains. DPM performs replication, synchronization, and recovery point creation to provide reliable protection and rapid recovery of data both by system administrators and by end-users.

The System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) protection agent is installed on computers and servers to enable them for protection. This topic summarizes computers and servers on which the agent can be installed.

In this article I will show how to install System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager SP1.

 Computer Type

Supported Operating Systems

Computers running client operating systems

  • Windows 8 (only for DPM in System Center 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 SP1)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista SP2

File servers

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2003

Exchange Server

  • Exchange Server 2013 (only for DPM in System Center 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 SP1)
  • Exchange Server 2010
  • Exchange Server 2007

SQL Server

  • SQL Server 2012
  • SQL Server 2008 R2
  • SQL Server 2008


  • SharePoint Server 2013 (only for DPM in System Center 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 SP1)
  • SharePoint Server 2010
  • Windows SharePoint Server 3.0
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007


  • Windows Server 2012 (only for DPM in System Center 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008



In my LAB I use two computers:

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

- DPMSERVER: Domain Member running Windows Server 2012, I will install SC DPM on this server.



- On DPMSERVER, install .Net Framework 3.5. Put the Windows with Windows Server 2012 into your computer , then open Server Manager , navigate  Manage - Add Roles and Features.

Select Features: Select the .NET Framework 3.5 Features check box - Click Next

This dialog asks you to specify the installation path, select Specify an alternate source path

Type D:\source\sxs - Click OK

- Click Install to start installation

After the successful installation, Click Close.


For the DPM database, DPM requires a dedicated instance of the 64-bit version of SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1, Enterprise or Standard Edition. During setup, you can select either to have DPM Setup install SQL Server 2008 R2 on the DPM server, or you can specify that DPM use a remote instance of SQL Server. In my lab, I will install SQL Server 2008 R2 from the setup DVD. Setup will automatically install SQL Server 2008 R2 if it is not installed on your computer


The following prerequisites are required for installation

          + Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

          + Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable

          + Windows PowerShell 2.0

          + Windows Installer 4.5 or later versions

          + Windows Single Instance Store (SIS)

          + Microsoft Application Error Reporting

Setup automatically installs these if they are not already installed or enabled. If any pre-requisites cannot be installed during setup, or if you want to install them before you install DPM, you can install them manually


Installing DPM - Run setup.exe


When the splash screen appears, click Install Data Protection Manager

Go through the License Terms and Conditions in the succeeding screen and click the checkbox to confirm. then click the OK button, a small window with a progress bar appears. The Setup program will then perform some preliminary tasks in preparation for the DPM installation. 

In the welcome screen of the Data Protection Manager Setup Wizard. Just click Next.

 In my case, I'm choosing the first option because, I'm going for a local installation of SQL Server on the same server as the DPM server, this option will automatically install SQL Server as well. In other situations, if you’re opting for a remote installation of SQL Server, then you should select the second option and enter the necessary information for that remote SQL server.

 Wait a moment

After the prerequisites are installed a reboot is required, so go ahead and reboot the server then start the installation again.


Now that all the prerequisites are met, you can continue with the installation, click Next.


Enter the product key and information - Click Next


If you don’t want to install DPM on the C drive you can change the path. For this example I leave the default path

Enter a password for the local user account that DPM 2012 will create on the SQL server, then click Next

Select the option Use Microsoft Update when I check for updates, to update the DPM product, then click Next.

You will be asked whether you want to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program, select whichever option you prefer and click Next

Click the Install button to start installing DPM 2012. 

Once the wizard reports that the Data Protection Manager installation completed successfully, click the Close button


At this point you can launch the DPM 2012 Management Console from the desktop icon. In the next article I will demonstrate how to use DPM 2012 to backup and recover data on file server, Exchange Server 2013 mailbox and Hyper-V virtual machines


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By Đồng Phương Nam

See more my article about System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager:
Part 2- Backup and recover data using 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