Manage multiple DPM servers with Central Console

Important

This version of Data Protection Manager (DPM) has reached the end of support, we recommend you to upgrade to DPM 2019.

Central Console is a System Center Operations Manager console that you can deploy to manage and monitor multiple System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) servers from a single location. It provides:

  • Centralized monitoring of DPM servers from a single location - You can monitor different versions of DPM, and track the status of servers, tasks, protected resources, tape libraries, available storage, and disk space.

  • Role-based access control

  • Remote recovery and remote corrective actions

  • Service level agreement (SLA)-based alerting and alert consolidation - Alerts are generated when an SLA is broken. You can consolidate alerts and work on high priority items, as follows:

    • Repeated alerts - Display only one alert for repeated alerts. For example if a job is scheduled to run hourly and hasn't run for the last 10 hours, only one alert for the failed job is displayed.

    • Same root cause - If multiple alerts have the same root cause, or if multiple backups fail for the same data source, only the alerts informing you of the failure is generated.

    • Ticket generation - If you are using a ticketing system, only one ticket is generated.

  • Scoped console - This is based on the DPM Administrator Console with a few minor differences.

Set up Central Console

You can install Central Console on a server computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 or later, or a client computer running Windows 7 or later. It can't be installed on the DPM server. Set it up by installing the relevant Operations Manager agent on each DPM server you want to manage, and then installing Central Console on the Operations Manager server by importing the DPM management pack and then installing the console.

  1. Deploy an Operations Manager agent to your DPM server. Read more.

  2. The Central Console consists of two management packs - Microsoft.SystemCenter.DataProtectionManager.2012.Discovery.mp and Microsoft.SystemCenter.DataProtectionManager.2012.Library.mp. You'll need to import both of these and they're located in <CDDrive:>\Management Packs. When you import the management pack, Windows displays a warning about write actions. This is an expected warning, and you can click OK to continue.

    Note that Central Console requires the version of the management pack that's available in the DPM installation folder. However after you've installed this version you can then update to the latest management pack version, available on the Download Center.

  3. After importing the pack install Central Console. To do this in the Setup screen of Operations Manager select Install Central Console Server and Client-side Components if you want to monitor DPM servers on which the Operations Manager agent is present and use the scoped DPM Administrator console. Select Install Central Console if you want to use the scoped DPM Administrator console only, without server monitoring. Select Install Central Console Server-side Components if you want to monitor servers only, without using the scoped DPM Administrator console.

  4. DPM adds firewall exceptions for port 6075 and creates a default role-based access configuration.

  5. After the Central Console is installed a view folder System Central 2012 Data Protection Manager is created in the Operations Manager console. You can manage most tasks for managed DPM servers from the Central Console.