You use the Select Group Members page to select the data sources you want to protect.

The computers that contain the members that DPM will protect must meet the protected computer requirements. For information about the protected computer software prerequisites, see Protected Computer Software Prerequisites.

DPM does not support protection of some types of files and displays a warning of unsupported data in these cases. For more information about how to list the file types that DPM does not support, see "How to display warnings for unsupported data" in DPM Help.

DPM does not protect reparse points found in file systems or in application paths. If you select volumes, folders or applications in this protection group, DPM will protect all data except the reparse points. For more information about data types that are not protected, see Planning Protection Groups.

To select the data to protect

  1. On the Select Group Members page, verify that all computers that store data you want to protect are displayed in the Available members box.

    If the Exchange Local Continuous Replication (LCR) VSS replica writer is enabled, the Microsoft Exchange Information Store will not appear on the Select Group Members page. To display the LCR enabled storage groups, use the following set key command to disable the LCR VSS replica writer: Set key EnableVssWriter under
    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Exchange\Replay\Parameters to 0
    DWORD typeAfter setting the registry key, you must restart the Microsoft Exchange Replication Service.
  2. In the Available members box, expand the server nodes to display the available data sources on each server.

    If you have just installed the protection agent, you might experience a delay of up to several minutes before you can expand the node for the server and display its available data sources.
  3. Place a check mark in the box next to each data source that you want to include in the protection group. As you select data sources, your selections appear in the Selected members box.

    For each for the data sources you want in the protection group, note the following:

    • Data sources that are members of other protection groups and unprotected data sources that reside on a volume already protected by another protection group are displayed but cannot be selected.

    • For file server data, you cannot include data sources from the same file server volume in different protection groups.

    • If a system volume contains user data that you want to protect, we recommend that you protect the relevant folders or shares individually rather than protecting the whole system volume.

    • You cannot include SQL Server 2005 database snapshots. Database snapshots appear as regular databases that you can select; however, DPM does not support protecting database snapshots for recovery. You can view database snapshots in the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio in the Database Snapshots folder.

    • You cannot protect Windows SharePoint Services databases as a SQL Server data source. You must include the databases as part of the Windows SharePoint Services protection.

    • To protect clustered resources, expand the resource group name to select a clustered resource for protection.

    • If you have only a single stand-alone tape, use a single protection group to minimize the effort to change tapes. Multiple protection groups require a separate tape for each protection group.

    • To view a list of excluded folders, click the View link next to Excluded folders. To exclude a folder, expand the directory structure, and then clear the check box of the folder you want to exclude.

    • To exclude file types, click the Exclude File link, and in the Exclude File Types dialog box, type the file types you want to exclude, and then click OK.

  4. After you have selected the members for the protection group, click Next.