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Installing System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) 2007 on Windows Server 2008

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This article outlines the step-by-step procedure to install System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) on Windows Server 2008. As with many products, there are a couple of tricks to ensure a successful installation and SCDPM requires a few Windows Server 2008 features to be enabled before it all goes smoothly.




System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 is a member of the Microsoft System Center family of management products, which are designed to help IT Professionals manage their Windows Server infrastructure. SCDPM 2007 sets a new standard for Windows backup and recovery—delivering continuous data protection for Microsoft application and file servers to a seamlessly integrated secondary disk and tape solution on the SCDPM server. DPM enables rapid and reliable recovery through advanced technology for enterprises of all sizes.


This article will demonstrate how to install System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) 2007 on a Windows Server 2008.


How to Install SCDPM - SCDPM Installation Prerequisites


Although Microsoft has a prescribed way to install SCDPM (

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Installing Required Windows Server 2008 Features


Follow these steps to install all the required Windows Server 2008 features:


1. Click Start > Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

2. Expand the Server Manager to the Features node, and then select Features.

3. In the Features pane, click Add Features.

4. Select Windows PowerShell and click Next.

5. On the Confirm Installation Selection dialog, click Install.

6. Click Start > Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

7. Expand the Server Manager to the Roles node, and then select Roles.

8. In the Roles pane, click Add Roles

9. On the Before You Begin dialog, click Next.

10. On the Select Server Roles page, select Web Server (IIS).

11. On the Add features required for Web Server (IIS)? Message box, click Add Required Features. On the Select Server Roles dialog, click Next.

12. On the Web Server (IIS) dialog, click Next.

13. On the Select Role Services dialog, ensure that the following are selected:

1. HTTP Redirection

2. Application Development


-.NET Extensibility

-ISAPI Extensions

-ISAPI Filters

-Server Side Includes

3. Security (Installed)

-Windows Authentication (Installed)

4. IIS 6 Management Compatibility

-IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility

-IIS 6 WMI Compatibility

-IIS 6 Scripting Tools

-IIS 6 Management Console

14. On the Select Role Services dialog, click Next.

15. On the Confirm Installation Selections dialog, click Install.

16. On the Installation Results dialog, click Close.


Install Single Instance Store (SIS)


Before installing DPM on any of the servers, it is very important to ensure that the Single Instance Store (SIS) is installed. SIS is a core requirement for SCDPM. The following procedure outlines the steps required to install SIS:


1. Click Start, click Run…

2. In the Run dialog box. Type CMD.exe and press Enter.

3. At the command prompt type the following and then press Enter

start /wait ocsetup.exe SIS-Limited /quiet /norestart

4. Restart the computer.

To confirm that the installation was completed, check for the existence of the following registry key:



How to Install SCDPM - Step by Step


The following steps show how to install SCDPM 2007 on the server:


1. Logon using a Domain Administrator account.

2. Insert the DPM 2007 DVD in the CD drive, or if a virtual machine, attach the DPM ISO to the virtual machine.

3. The installer should start automatically, if it does not, browse to the root of the DPM DVD and execute Setup.exe.

4. On the installation dialog, click Install Data Protection Manager.

5. On the Microsoft Software License Terms dialog, tick I accept the license terms and conditions and click OK.

6. On the Welcome dialog, click Next.

7. On the Prerequisites Check dialog, click Next.

8. On the Product Registration dialog, enter DPM User in the User name field, and Company in the Company field. Click Next.

9. On the Installation Settings dialog, accept the defaults and click Next.

10. On the Security Settings dialog, enter a strong password and click Next. DPM Setup creates two restricted local user accounts, MICROSOFT$DPM$Acct which runs the SQL Server service and the SQL Server Agent service, and DPMR$DPM-01 which securely generates reports.

11. On the Microsoft Update Opt-In dialog, select Use Microsoft Update when I check for updates (recommended) and click Next.

12. On the Customer Experience Improvement Program dialog, select No, remind me later and click Next.

13. On the Summary of Settings dialog, review the summary and click Install.

14. On the Installation dialog, click Close.

15. Restart the computer.


SCDPM is now installed on the server.

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