Managing System Protection

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

System protection aims to protect you against two scenarios – one where your computer starts, but you have lost system files and registry; and the other where the computer does not start and you have to recover everything. System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) enables you to protect your computer against both these scenarios.

In the past, disaster recovery entailed rebuilding a computer from scratch. This meant installing the operating system, applying updates, installing applications, and then finally recovering data. This was a laborious and error-prone method. DPM saves you the time and trouble of rebuilding your system.

In DPM, System State protection consists of protecting the operating system files, and bare metal recovery (BMR) protection consists of protecting the operating system files and all data except user data on critical volumes.

DPM uses Windows Server Backup (WSB) to perform System State backup and BMR backup. For recovery, DPM will retrieve the backups and you will use the backup data to perform recovery by using WSB.


  • Windows Server Backup installed on the protected computer for BMR.

  • Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) for BMR.

Unsupported Scenarios

The following scenarios are not supported for BMR:

  • Computers running Windows Server 2003.

  • Computers running client operating systems like Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows 7.

  • A DPM server cannot protect itself for BMR.

  • Disk-Tape protection is not supported for BMR. However, long-term to tape with short-term to disk (D-D-T) is supported.

In This Section

Prescriptive Guidance on BMR vs System State By Data Source

Setting Up BMR Protection

Setting Up System State Protection

Recovering BMR

Recovering System State

Migrating Between System State and BMR Protection