Deploying System Center Data Protection Manager Volume 1
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Deploying System Center Data Protection Manager Volume 1

About the Book

The purpose of this book is to showcase the amazing expertise of our guest speakers at the North American MVPDays Community Roadshow.  They have so much passion, expertise, and expert knowledge that it only seemed fitting to write it down in a book.  


MVPDays was founded by Cristal and Dave Kawula back in 2013. It started as a simple idea; “There’s got to be a good way for Microsoft MVPs to reach the IT community and share their vast knowledge and experience in a fun and engaging way” I mean, what is the point in recognizing these bright and inspiring individuals, and not leveraging them to inspire the community that they are a part of.

We often get asked the question “Who should attend MVPDays”?  

Anyone that has an interest in technology, is eager to learn, and wants to meet other like-minded individuals.  This Roadshow is not just for Microsoft MVP’s it is for anyone in the IT Community.

Make sure you check out the MVPDays website at: You never know maybe the roadshow will be coming to a city near you.


The goal of this particular book is to bring you real world step-by-step guidance from our expert MVP Authors on the deployment of System Center Data Protection Manager.  It has been written with the most current techniques possible to help with your migrations and learning process.    

About the Authors

Dave Kawula
Dave Kawula

Dave is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. His background includes data communications networks within multi-server environments, and he has led architecture teams for virtualization, System Center, Exchange, Active Directory, and Internet gateways. Very active within the Microsoft technical and consulting teams, Dave has provided deep-dive technical knowledge and subject matter expertise on various System Center and operating system topics.

Dave is well-known in the community as an evangelist for Microsoft, 1E, and Veeam technologies. Locating Dave is easy as he speaks at several conferences and sessions each year, including TechEd, Ignite, MVP Days Community Roadshow, and VeeamOn. 

Recently Dave has been honored to take on the role of Conference Co-Chair of TechMentor with fellow MVP Sami Laiho.  The lineup of speakers and attendees that have been to this conference over the past 20 years is really amazing. Come down to Redmond or Orlando in 2018 and you can meet him in person.

As the founder and Managing Principal Consultant at TriCon Elite Consulting, Dave is a leading technology expert for both local customers and large international enterprises, providing optimal guidance and methodologies to achieve and maintain an efficient infrastructure.


Twitter: @DaveKawula

Dave Kawula

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Cary Sun
Cary Sun

Cary Sun has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in data center and deployment solutions. As a Principal Consultant, he likely works closely with clients to help them design, implement, and manage their data center infrastructure and deployment strategies.

With his background in data center solutions, Cary Sun may have experience in server and storage virtualization, network design and optimization, backup and disaster recovery planning, and security and compliance management. He holds CISCO CERTIFIED INTERNETWORK EXPERT (CCIE No.4531) from 1999. Cary is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Microsoft Azure MVP, Veeam Vanguard and Cisco Champion. He is a published author with several titles, including blogs on, and the author of many books.

Cary is a very active blogger at and is permanently available online for questions from the community. His passion for technology is contagious, improving everyone around him at what they do.

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Twitter: @SifuSun


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Cristal Kawula
Cristal Kawula

Cristal Kawula is the co-founder of MVPDays Community Roadshow and #MVPHour live Twitter Chat.   She is the President of TriCon Elite Consulting where she manages the day to day operations of the field consulting and sales teams.

Cristal is also only the 2nd Woman in the world to receive the prestigious Veeam Vanguard Community excellence award.  In July of 2017 she was awarded the designation of Microsoft MVP.  

Early in her career Cristal worked as a consultant with Microsoft authoring content for internal SMSGR and GTR teams.   This content was used to train internal support engineers and global escalation engineering teams.  

Cristal can be found speaking at Microsoft Ignite, MVPDays, and other local user groups.   She is extremely active in the community and has recently helped publish a book for other Women MVP’s called Voices from the Data Platform.  



Twitter: @supercristal1

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements iv

From Dave iv

About the Authors v

Dave Kawula - MVP v

Cristal Kawula – MVP vi

Cary Sun – CCIE #4531 (Cisco Champion) vii

Contents ix

Introduction 13

North American MVPDays Community Roadshow 13

Sample Files 14

Additional Resources 14

Introduction 16

North American MVPDays Community Roadshow 16

Sample Files 18

Additional Resources 18

Chapter 1 20

Pre-Requisites 20

Lab Server Names 20

Building the Lab with BigDemo_DPM.PS1 22

Enable Routing in the Lab 28

Install-NetNat.PS1 42

Install-RRAS.PS1 44

Software Requirements 47

Data Protection Manager Accounts Required for Build 49

Add a 2 VHDx drives to the DPM Server for the SQL Install 53

Prep-DPM1801SQL.PS1 63

Running Prep-DPM1801.PS1 69

Chapter 2 77

Install SQL Server 2016 SP1 77

SQL Server Service Accounts 77

Configure SQL Firewall Port Exceptions 78

Install Default Instance of SQL 2016 SP1 82

Install SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 16.5 91

Configure SQL Server Memory Limits 93

Chapter 3 97

Install System Center Data Protection Manager 1801 97

Prep-DPM1801.PS1 97

Running Prep-DPM1801.PS1 102

Extract System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) 1801 118

Install System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) 1801 119

Chapter 4 124

Configuring DPM 1801 124

Modern Backup Storage 124

Configuring Modern Backup Storage 125

Review Create-DPMModernStorage.PS1 125

Running Create-DPMModernStorage.PS1 127

System Center DPM Backup Storage Capacity Planner 133

Configure Volume Exclusions 133

Deploy DPM Protection Agents 134

Deploy Protection Groups 134

Configure Firewall Settings 134

Install the DPM Central Console 134

Enable End User Recovery 134

Deploy the DPM Agent using PowerShell 134

Configure Email Alerting 134

Configure DPM 1801 Management Pack in SCOM 134

Chapter 5 136

Protecting Workloads with DPM 136

Backup Hyper-V 136

Backup Exchange 137

Backup SharePoint 137

Backup SQL Server 137

Backup VMWare 137

Backup Client Computers 137

Backup File Data 137

Backup Bare Metal System State 137

Backup Storage Spaces Direct 137

Backup Shielded Hyper-V VM’s 137

Chapter 6 138

Backing up to Azure 138

Configure DPM to backup using Azure Backup 138

Backing up Exchange to Azure 138

Recovering DPM Data to an Alternate DPM Server 138

Backing up SQL Workloads to Azure 138

Backing up SharePoint Farms to Azure 138

Chapter 7 139

DPM Reporting and Monitoring 139

Chapter6 139

Meet great MVP’s like this in person 139

Live Presentations 139

Video Training 140

Live Instructor-led Classes 140

Consulting Services 140

Twitter 141

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