Use the Specify Long-Term Protection Goals page of the Create New Protection Group Wizard to generate your long-term recovery goals.

For information about recovery point schedules for long-term protection, in the DPM Planning Guide, see Planning Protection Groups (

This page contains the elements described in the following table.


Name Description

Retention range

Type or select how long you need your backed-up data available. You can select a retention range between 1 and 99 years.

Frequency of backup

Select the backup frequency that you want. The backup frequency is based on the specified retention range, as shown in the following list:

  • When the retention range is 1–99 years, you can select backups to occur daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, or yearly.

  • When the retention range is 1–11 months, you can select backups to occur daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

  • When the retention range is 1–4 weeks, you can select backups to occur daily or weekly

On a stand-alone tape drive, for a single protection group, DPM uses the same tape for daily backups until there is insufficient space on the tape. For multiple protection groups, DPM requires separate tapes. Therefore, we recommend that you minimize the number of protection groups that you create if you are using a stand-alone tape drive for your backups.

Recovery points

Lists the recovery point schedule.

Each express full backup creates a recovery point for application data. If the application supports incremental backups, each synchronization also creates a recovery point.

Restore Defaults

Click to restore the defaults back to a three month retention range and a weekly backup frequency.


Click to change the tape label and to customize the schedule of backup jobs for your recovery goals. This schedule will replace the default schedule.


Click to modify the long-term backup schedule. You have a number of scheduling options for long-term protection, depending on your retention range and backup frequency.

After specifying your long-term recovery goals for the protection group, click Next.

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