Monitor with the DPM Administrator Console


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager

To use DPM Administrator Console, you must be logged on to a DPM server with an account that has Administrator rights on that server.

This section explains each of the following task areas of DPM Administrator Console and describes the information that each provides:

  • Monitoring task area

  • Protection task area

  • Management task area

  • Reporting task area


You do not need to monitor each task area in DPM Administrator Console. For more information, see Establish a monitoring schedule.

Monitoring task area

Tab Usage Details
Alerts tab Check the Alerts tab daily to identify data protection issues. Displays errors, warnings, and informational messages that are currently active in the system.

Look for current problems (critical alerts), potential problems (warnings), informational alerts, and recommended actions.

You can group alerts by protection group, computer, or severity, and subscribe to receive alerts by email.

You can display active alerts and/or inactive alerts that have been resolved. You can mark alerts as inactive if they aren’t relevant. This changes protection status to OK. Inactive alerts can also help to to identify trends.
Jobs tab Check the Jobs tab periodically to verify that jobs ran as expected, or during troubleshooting. You can check when jobs ran or are scheduled to run.

You can check jobs that are scheduled for a specific computer or protection group.

You can check performance and resource data for a job. For example how much data was transferred, how long a job took to run, or what tape and library resources were used.

You can troubleshoot when jobs don’t run as expected.

Protection task area

Usage Details
Check the status of volumes and shares in each protection group

Check the configuration of each protection group, such as recovery goals, disk allocation, and protection schedule
Displays the status of each protected item.

Management task area

Tab Usage Details
Disks tab Check periodically to verify the status of disks in the storage pool. Check the capacity of disks in the storage pool (used and free space)

Verify the status of disks in the storage pool

Check which protected volumes are contained on each disk

Add or remove disk from the pool.
Agents tab Check periodically to verify the status DPM agents deployed on protected clients in your organization. Verify the status of deployed agents, and which versions you have running.

Check the availability of agent licenses.

Install, uninstall, and update agents and licenses.
Libraries tab Check periodically to verify the state of tape libraries and drive, or our individual tapes. Check tape library or drives attached to the DPM server.

Inventory, add, or remove tapes.

Reporting task area

Usage Details
Generate and view reports on DPM operations.

Schedule automatic report generation.

Manage Reporting Services settings.

Subscribe to reports by e-mail.
Generate, view,schedule and manage reports.

DPM uses Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services for reporting. For instructions on getting reports set up, see Set up DPM logging and reporting. You can enable the DPM reporting feature at any time after installing and configuring DPM but we recommend you wait at least a day to ensure you have meaningful. In addition, you should stagger the deliverly schedule for reports sent by email to avoid performance issues. The following table summarizes the available reports and indicates how you should use them.

DPM report types

Report name Summary of contents
Status The Status report provides the status of all recovery points for a specified time period, lists recovery jobs, and shows the total number of successes and failures for recovery points and disk-based and tape-based recovery point creations. This report shows trends in the frequency of errors that occur and lists the number of alerts.

Use this report to answer questions such as the following:

- What happened yesterday? Last week? Last month?
- What succeeded and what failed?
- What is the trend of errors? Which errors occur most frequently?
- Are we achieving the recovery point objective (RPO) established in our service level agreement (SLA)? Note: The Status report includes the error codes for any alerts recorded during the report period.
Tape Management The Tape Management report provides details for tape rotation and decommissioning, and it verifies that the free media threshold is not exceeded.

Use this report to manage tape circulation between the library and your offsite location.
Tape Utilization The Tape Utilization report provides trending of resource (disk/tape) usage over time to assist capacity planning.

Use this report to make decisions about tape allocations and purchases.
Protection The Protection report provides the commonly used metrics for backup success rolled up over long periods of time to track how backups are doing.

Use this report to identify which computers or protection groups have been backed up successfully.
Recovery The Recovery report provides the commonly used metrics for recovery success rolled up over long periods of time to track how recoveries are doing.

Use this report to identify how well you performed against your service level agreements for recovery time objectives and recovery success guarantees.
Disk Utilization Summarizes disk capacity, disk allocation, and disk usage in the DPM storage pool.

Use this report to do the following:

- Identify trends in disk usage
- Make decisions about modifying space allocations for protection groups and adding disks to the storage pool
- Identifying how much disk resource each computer is using on DPM.