Plan for protection agent deployment
Updated: May 13, 2016
The DPM protection agent is software that you install on each of the computers that you want to protect with System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM). The protection agent performs the following functions:
Identifies data that DPM can protect and recover
Records any changes to protected data in a change journal. The protection agent creates a separate change journal for each protected volume and stores the journal in a hidden file on that volume.
Transfers the change journal from the protected computer to the DPM server so that DPM can synchronize the data with the replica.
Allows the DPM server to browse the shares, volumes, and folders on the protected computer.
Note the following:
The protection agent software consists of two components:
The protection agent itself
An agent coordinator. The agent coordinator is software that is temporarily installed on a protected computer during installation, update, or uninstallation of a protection agent.
You normally install the agent on computers you want to protect from the DPM console. Note that with this installation method a protection agent is controlled exclusively by the DPM server from which it is installed. You can’t assign an installed protection agent to work with a different DPM server. In some circumstances you might need to install the agent manually on a protected computer. For example, if the DPM server is behind a firewall, or located in a workgroup or non-trusted domain. In this case you install the agent manually, and then attach the agent to a DPM server.
For deployment information, see Set up the protection agent.