Data that exists on a file server and which needs to be protected as a flat file qualifies as file data, such as Microsoft Office files, text files, batch files, and so forth.
Data that exists on an application server and which requires DPM to be aware of the application qualifies as application data, such as Exchange storage groups, SQL Server databases, Windows SharePoint Services farms, and Virtual Server.
Each data source is presented in DPM Administrator Console according to the type of protection that you can select for that data source. For example, in the Create New Protection Group Wizard, when you expand a server that contains files and is also running Virtual Server and an instance of SQL Server, the data sources are treated as follows:
- If you expand All Shares or All
Volumes, DPM displays the shares and volumes on that server and
will protect any data source selected in either of those nodes as
- If you expand All SQL Servers, DPM
displays the instances of SQL Server on that server and will
protect any data source selected in that node as application
- If you expand Microsoft Virtual
Server, DPM displays the host database and virtual machines on
that server and will protect any data source selected in that node
as application data.