Manually add agent to DPM Server

Here are the steps to manually install and add agent to DPM server

Copying the agent install files over:

– You should be able to find it on your install CD at in the Agent folder

– if you have SP1 or other version install, you can find the newer version of the agent on your server locally:  <drive letter>:\Programs Files\Microsoft DPM\DPM\Agents\

If you are installing the agent for the first time:

– (x64) DPMAgentInstaller_amd64.exe <DPM server name>

– (x86) DPMAgentInstaller.exe <DPM server name>

Depends on the version of the agent you are installing, your .exe might be different, for example:

– (x64) DPMAgentInstaller_KB959605_amd64.exe <DPM server name>

– (x86) DPMAgentInstaller_KB959605.exe <DPM server name>

If you already have the agent install and want to change/modify/add the DPM Server

SetDpmServer.exe –dpmServerName <DPM server name>

Example:  SetDpmServer.exe –dpmServerName DPMServerName

On the DPM Server using DPM Management Shell, run the following command:

Attach-ProductionServer.ps1 <DPM server name> <production server name> <user name> <password> <domain>

Note:  you don’t really need username, password, and domain if you don’t want to, DPM will ask you for those info after the command.

Example:  Attach-ProductionServer.ps1 DPMServerName NameOfServerWithAgent


DPM 2007 Known Issues

Hi all, here is a list of DPM 2007 known issues:

DPM 2007 not showing Exchange Storage Groups on Small Business Server SBS 2003 server

This is a known issue, Exchange writer must be turned on for the Volume Shadow Copy service in Windows Small Business Server 2003
By default, the Setup program for Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 turns off the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 writer for the Volume Shadow Copy service. To protect data using DPM 2007, the Exchange 2003 writer must be turned on.

To turn on the Exchange writer
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

Locate and then double-click the following registry subkey:


Double-click the Disable Exchange Writer value.

In the Value data text box, change the value from 1 to 0, and then click OK.

Quit Registry Editor.

Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Services.

Stop and then restart the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service.

Data Protection Manager 2007 running on Virtual Server? Is it possible?

The answer is two fold (yes and no)…  I spend a few days trying it out, DPM will install find on the Virtual Server (I was using Virtual Server 2005 R2), but when you try to mount the hard drive so it can be use by DPM, it will time out and give an error.

It will be cool if it does…  it will be much more flexible.


What you can’t do:

– you can’t use a virtual server’s HD as a DPM store


What you can do:

– use a iSCSI as your DPM store.

Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 – Individual exchange mailbox restore

Well…  After testing with DPM 2007 for a good few hours, I had issue with restoring individual Exchange mailboxes…  I can restore it, but it restore the entire mailbox store. 

That’s odd…  everywhere I read on the internet say you can restore individual mailboxes…  I even spend a few hours looking at a few Microsoft DPM whitepapers.  Still no answer.

Keep thinking I done something wrong, I went back to test it again…  A few more days went by and I finally found my answer (in a whitepaper some where from Microsoft)…

DPM2007 does not support individual exchange mailbox restore on Exchanged 2003!!!!  Why will Microsoft don’t just openly tell me??  I found the answer hidden a few hundreds pages of whitepaper (one line hiden in a few hundreds of pages…).