Before you can start protecting data by using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM), you must verify that each computer that DPM is going to protect meets the protected computer software requirements. For information about the DPM 2010 software requirements, see Software Prerequisites.

To successfully protect your data using DPM, you must add one or more disks to the storage pool.

Adding a disk to the storage pool is not a requirement if you are going to use custom volumes to protect your data sources, or if you are only going to use disk-to-tape protection.

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