Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) service only runs when it is actually running DPM jobs. In other words, most of the time it is inactive. That makes it hard for you to know whether or not the service is actually operating.
Therefore, the first step in troubleshooting most Data Protection Manager problems is to verify that DPM is actually operating. To check the Data Protection Manager service, start it using the start command under Administrative Tools>Services>Details>Properties>General on the DPM Server.
If Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager doesn't start from the start command, check the underlying services that it depends on. These are:
- DPM File Agent
- SQLAgent$MICROSOFT$DPM (the SQL Agent)
- MSSQL$MICROSOFT$SPM (the SQL Server)
- Virtual Disk Service (VDS)
- Volume Shadow Copy (VSS)
The Windows Event Viewer can check all of these to verify they are not shut down. If any of these services are shut down, restart the service and go back to the DPM server menu to make sure that Startup type is set to Automatic. If that doesn't work, try shutting down the services and restarting them.
If you do need to shut down the services, do so in this order: 1) VDS; 2) VSS; 3) SQL Agent; 4) SQL Server. Data Protection Manager's service will shut down automatically.
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About the author:
Rick Cook has been writing about mass storage since the days when the term often meant an 80K floppy disk. Today he specializes in writing about issues related to storage and storage management.
This was first published in April 2006