Applying Operating System Updates to the DPM Server

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

An important part of computer maintenance is ensuring that operating systems and software are up to date. Updates—known as "fixes," "patches," "service packs," and "security rollup packages"—help to protect computers and data.

You can use your preferred method for deploying software updates, such as Automatic Updates or Windows Server Update Services, both on DPM servers and on protected computers. Because some software updates require a computer restart, you should schedule or perform the updates at times that have the least impact on protection operations.

You should also check regularly for updates to DPM and prerequisite software. The prerequisite software is as follows:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

  • Microsoft Software Quality Metrics (SQM)

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Updates to DPM are available through Microsoft Update, which is a service from Microsoft that delivers required updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog. The Microsoft Update Catalog is a repository for Microsoft software updates and contains updates that address security and reliability issues. The Microsoft Update service queries the Microsoft Update Catalog to determine what updates are available for the computer that Microsoft Update is installed on.

You can subscribe to Microsoft Update at any time on the Microsoft Update Web site (

See Also


Running Antivirus Software on the DPM Server
Using Windows Maintenance Tools on the DPM Server