To create an effective plan for deploying Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM), you must carefully consider your organization's requirements for data protection and recovery and weigh those requirements against the capabilities of DPM.

This section presents the information you require to plan the membership and configuration of your protection groups. As part of the protection group configuration, you will define your recovery goals for the data being protected.

In the context of the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF), this section assumes that the change—incorporating DPM in your organization to provide data protection and recovery—has been approved and that your task is planning how to implement the change. 

For more information about change management in MOF, see Service Management Functions: Change Management (

This section also assumes that you are adding DPM to an existing disaster recovery strategy for your business. For more information about planning a disaster recovery strategy, see Introduction to Backup and Recovery Services (

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