Installing Data Protection Manager 2010

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Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 is a backup and recovery solution which provides continuous data protection for Windows application and file servers to seamlessly integrated disk, tape, and cloud.

The DPM installation as well as the upgrade process is pretty straightforward. The areas where the DPM installation can get tricky are prerequisites, hardware and software requirements, as well as making sure your operating system is properly updated and patched. All of these things need to be met or completed before you can start the DPM installation.

In this article by Steve Buchanan, author of Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010, shall cover the following topics:

  • Installing DPM
  • Installing Single Instance Store (SIS)
  • Installing DPM (on a local or remote SQL instance)


In this section we will jump right into the prerequisites for DPM and how to install them as well as the two different ways to install DPM. We will first visit the hardware and software requirements, and a pre-install that is needed before you are able to actually install DPM 2010.

Hardware requirements

DPM 2010 requires a processor of 1 GHz (dual-core or faster), 4 GB of RAM or higher, the page file should be set to 1.5 or 2 times the amount of RAM on the computer. The DPM disk space requirements are as follows:

  • DPM installation location needs 3 GB free
  • Database file drive needs 900 MB free
  • System drive needs 1 GB free
  • Disk space for protected data should be 2.5 to 3 times the size of the protected data

DPM also needs to be on a dedicated, single purpose computer.

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