Network Requirements

Applies To: Data Protection Manager, System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

The following are the network requirements for System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007:

  • The DPM server must be deployed within a Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 operating system Active Directory domain. The domain controllers can be running Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2003 R2.


    For complete protection on a Windows Server 2008 operating system, including system state protection, you must install Knowledge Base article 949779, “Description of the System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Feature Pack“ (

    DPM 2007 running in Windows Server 2000 domain functional level does not support the following:

    • Protecting computers across domains.

    • Protecting a child Windows Server 2000 domain controller in a domain where Windows Server 2000 is the primary domain controller.

    • Protecting computers that are running Exchange Server 2007.

    DPM 2007 SP1 running in Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 domain functional level supports cross-forest data protection as long as you establish forest-level trust between the separate forests. To set up a forest-level trust relationship, both domains must be in Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 forest mode. Windows Server 2000 does not support forest-level trusts.

    Active Directory Domain Services, a necessary component of the Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 architecture, provides organizations with a directory service designed for distributed computing environments. Active Directory Domain Services enables organizations to centrally manage and share information about network resources and users while acting as the central authority for network security. In addition to providing comprehensive directory services to a Windows environment, Active Directory Domain Services is designed to be a consolidation point for isolating, migrating, centrally managing, and reducing the number of directories that companies require.

  • The DPM server requires persistent connectivity with the servers and desktop computers it protects.


If you are protecting data over a wide area network (WAN), there is a minimum network bandwidth requirement of 512 kilobits per second (kbps).

See Also


Hardware Requirements
Security Requirements

Other Resources

Software Prerequisites