Saturday, 9 March 2013

70-247 Series: Part 8

Installing Data Protection Manager

System Requirements

Data Protection Manager will attempt to install pre-requisite software during installation. In cases where this fails, or to install pre-requisite software manually, the list of requirements is:

  • At least 4GB RAM
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (Other versions can be used, but updates may be required)
  • 64-Bit SQL Server Instance (more details below)
  • The following software:
    • Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1
    • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable
    • PowerShell 2.0
    • Windows Installer 4.5
    • Windows Single Instance Store (SIS)
    • Microsoft Application Error Reporting

Protected Servers also may require software and/or hotfixes:

  • File Servers
  • Hyper-V
  • All protected computers will also require Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 and Windows Server Backup installed (for 2008+ Servers)

Preparing the Database

A local or remote instance of SQL Server can be used with DPM. When specifying remote instance, a Domain Account is used to connect to the database. This account must be a Local Administrator and a member of the sysadmin role in the remote SQL instance. The Local Administrator privilege can be removed after installation.

A clustered instance of SQL Server cannot be used because SQL Server Reporting Services is required on the SQL Instance

Installation of Pre-requisites

Because the server I am installing DPM on has an Internet connection, I will let the installer configure the prerequisites for me. If the computer was offline, I would need to use this procedure: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh758058.aspx

Installation of DPM

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Configuration of DPM

One of the first configuration tasks is to add Disks to the Storage Pool, to do this, attach disks to the DPM server and bring them online. Do not format the drive. Then Add disks using the Management workspace within DPM.

DPM requires disks that are dedicated to data protection. DPM can be installed on the OS disk or on a separate disk, but the disk that DPM is installed on, cannot be used to store protected volumes.

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Disks added to Storage Pools will be changed to dynamic disks

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Install and configure protection agents on each computer that will be protected

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Configure protection groups

A protection group is a collection of servers that share the same protection configuration. In the example below, I am going to create a Protection Group for our Domain Controllers and add the first Domain Controller to that protection group.

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