Appendix C. A Collection of DPM Best Practices

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

Commonly attributed to Yogi Berra

Throughout this book, we've talked about or alluded to things you should or shouldn't do. Because having all of this guidance in one place can be handy, we've tried to collect it all here in this appendix for your easy reading. We've sorted everything into the following topics:

  • Installation and architecture best practices

  • End-user recovery best practices

  • File servers best practices

  • Exchange servers best practices

  • SQL servers best practices

  • SharePoint servers best practices

  • Virtual servers best practices

  • General best practices

Without further ado, here are the distilled results of our wisdom—such as it is.

Installation and Architecture Best Practices

  • Before installing DPM to a server or deploying the DPM protection agent to a production server you want to protect, create and use a checklist. You can make one of your own or use one or more of the checklists in this appendix.

  • When choosing a hardware platform for your DPM server, use up-to-date hardware that will provide good performance wherever possible:

    • RAM. The minimum recommended RAM for a full DPM install is 1GB, the lowest amount of RAM you'll ever want on a DPM server because of the SQL Server instance DPM uses. If you have a large amount of data or a large number of hosts to protect, you will find that more RAM is the single greatest performance boost you can give your DPM server. ...

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