System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 requires an SQL Server SP1 instance for the DPM database. During setup, you can choose to have Setup install SQL Server 2008 SP1 on the DPM server, or you can specify a remote SQL Server 2008 SP1 instance to use with DPM.

For step-by–step instructions on how to manually install and configure a remote instance of SQL Server 2008 for DPM, see Installing DPM Using a Remote Instance of SQL Server 2008.

Using a remote SQL Server instance requires that the DPM Support Files be installed on the remote computer. For step-by-step instructions, see the “To manually install DPM Support Files” procedure later in this article.

Depending on which supported operating system you use, there are updates that you must apply before installing DPM. For a list of the supported operating systems, the required updates for each, and links that you can use to download and install the updates, see DPM Server Software Prerequisites.

DPM Setup automatically installs the prerequisites in the following table. In the event that you need to manually install one or more of the prerequisites, you can use the procedures and links in this.

DPM 2010 Prerequisite How to Install Manually

.NET 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

To download and install this software, go to Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable

To download and install this software, go to Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x64) (

Windows PowerShell 2.0

PowerShell 1.0 is included in Windows Server 2008. If you install DPM on Windows Server 2008, the Setup Wizard automatically installs Windows PowerShell 2.0.PowerShell 2.0 is included in Windows Server 2008 R2.

To download and install this software as part of the Windows Management Framework Core package, go to Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB968930) (

Windows Installer (MSI) 4.5 or later

Windows Server 2008 includes Windows Installer (MSI) 4.5 and Windows Server 2008 R2 includes Windows Installer (MSI) 5.0.

Windows Single Instance Store (SIS)

To install this software, follow the procedure later in this article.

To manually install Windows Single Instance Store (SIS)

  1. On the computer that will be your DPM server, open an elevated command prompt window, type the following command, and then press Enter.

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    start /wait ocsetup.exe SIS-Limited /quiet /norestart
    The service name is case-sensitive so you must type SIS-Limited. The installation fails if you type sis-limited or SIS-limited.
  2. After the installation is complete, you must restart the computer.

If you use a remote SQL Server instance for DPM, you must manually install the Microsoft DPM Support Files on the remote computer. Use the following procedure to install the DPM Support Files.

To manually install the DPM Support Files

  1. On the remote computer running SQL Server, navigate to the SQLPrepInstaller folder on the DPM product DVD or in the directory on a network share.

  2. Depending on the version of the operating system on the remote computer, right-click either SQLPrepInstaller_x64 or SQLPrepInstaller_x86, and then click Run as administrator.

  3. Follow the steps in the wizard to install the DPM Support Files.

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