After you select the data you want to protect, you select your protection method. You can select short-term protection by using either disk or tape, or you can select long-term protection using only tape.

To select a name and protection method

  1. On the Select Data Protection Method page, in the Protection group name box, accept the default name or type a new name for the protection group.

    You can use special characters such as # ? @ \ $ () {} [] in your protection group name. However, you cannot use the following five special characters: & < > ‘ “
  2. In the Protection policy section, select your protection method:

    • I want short-term protection using. Select this check box for short-term protection and then select the media you want to use from the drop-down list.

      If you do not have a tape library attached to the DPM server, only Disk is available for short-term protection.
    • I want long-term protection using tape. Select this check box for long-term protection.

    If you are using tape for both short-term and long-term protection, DPM creates copies of the latest short-term tape full backup to generate your long-term tape backup. Therefore, we recommend that you schedule your short-term protection full backup to run a day prior to your long-term protection. This scheduling enables your long-term tape backup to leverage the short-term tape backup that DPM created the day before. If you schedule the long-term tape backup to run prior to the short-term tape backup, the long-term backup will not take advantage of the latest short-term full backup.

  3. Click Next.