In planning for data protection, you must set realistic recovery goals for each data source that you will protect. Not all information or data maintained on your company's computers requires equal protection, nor does all of it merit the same investment in protection. Your deployment plan should establish recovery goals for each data source according to your business needs for protection of that data.

In DPM, you set your recovery goals in terms of synchronization frequency, recovery point schedule, and retention range, as follows:

For example, your recovery goals for a specific Exchange Server database could be that the most recent data is never more than 30 minutes old, that you can select from versions created at 30-minute intervals, that it will be available for recovery from disk for 14 days, and that it will be available for recovery from tape for 3 years.

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