The System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 server must be installed on supported operating and requires a supported version of SQL Server 2008 SP1 for the DPM database. DPM is designed to be run as a dedicated, single-purpose computer that is in a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory domain.

The installation of the DPM server is not supported on any of the following:

You must have administrative privileges to install DPM.

Supported Operating Systems

The following table lists the supported operating systems for DPM 2010 and the updates that must be applied before installing DPM.

Supported Operating System Required Prerequisites Software

Windows Server 2008

Before you install DPM on a computer running Windows Server 2008, you must install the following updates:

After installing all updates, restart the DPM server, and then install DPM.

For more information about Windows Server 2008 system requirements, see Windows Server 2008 System Requirements (

Windows Server 2008 R2

No additional prerequisites are required to install DPM on this operating system.

If you are upgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2, you must remove any pre-release version of PowerShell 2.0 before you upgrade.

Supported Versions of SQL Server 2008

DPM 2010 requires a dedicated instance of SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the DPM database. During setup, you can choose to have Setup install SQL Server 2008 SP1 on the DPM server, or you can specify that DPM use a remote SQL Server instance.

When you use a remote SQL Server instance with the DPM installation, consider the following:

  • The remote instance of SQL Server must be running SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Standard or Enterprise Edition.

  • The remote SQL Server instance cannot be on a domain controller.

  • The computer running SQL Server must be located in the same domain as the DPM server.

  • DPM Setup creates the DPMDBReaders$<DPM server name> and DPMDBAdministrators$<DPM server name> local groups on the remote instance of SQL Server. DPM administrators must be added to these groups to use the remote instance of SQL Server.

  • For the DPM server to access a remote SQL Server instance through Windows Firewall, you must configure an exception on the computer that is running SQL Server to use port 80.

If you use a remote SQL Server instance for DPM, you must install Microsoft DPM Support Files on the remote computer. For more information, see Installing DPM Using a Remote Instance of SQL Server 2008.

Other DPM Prerequisites

DPM Setup automatically installs the following software prerequisites if they are not already installed or enabled:

  • .NET 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable

  • PowerShell 2.0

    Windows PowerShell 1.0 is included in Windows Server 2008. If you install DPM on Windows Server 2008, the Setup Wizard automatically installs Windows PowerShell 2.0.Windows PowerShell 2.0 is included in Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Windows Installer (MSI) 4.5

  • Windows Single Instance Store (SIS)

If any prerequisites fail to install during setup, you can install them manually. For more information, see Manually Installing Prerequisite Software.

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