Microsoft System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager

Contributor(s): Toni Boger

Microsoft System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM) is a tool in System Center 2012 that provides file servers, virtual servers, Exchange Server, SharePoint and SQL Server with disk-based, tape-based and bare metal recovery capabilities.

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According to Microsoft, there are seven new improvements features in DPM for System Center 2012. These include:

  • Centralized management for multiple DPM servers. 
  • Authentication based on certificates for computers in untrusted domains or workgroups. 
  • Improved the use of tapes with protection group sets.
  • Better recovery for SharePoint farms at an item level. 
  • remotely management capabilities DPM. 
  • Support for protecting Virtual Machine Manager hosts.
  • Support for situations in which multiple DPM servers share one instance of an SQL Server for DPM database (DPMDB).


This was last updated in February 2014

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