Protection agent cannot be installed on machine where dpm is installed DPM 2012 SP1 Agent Error

When you install/update your DPM 2012 protection agent from pre SP1 or SP1 to SP1 RU1 through DPM console it’s fairly easy. You just have to click on Update available in Management/Agent tab and the job is done. 

Sometimes (Firewall, incompatible version, etc.) DPM agent cannot be updated from DPM console and you need to proceed manually.
When you try to do manual install/update, it’s a little bit more tricky 🙂 Because there are two DPM “agent” folders in DPM directory structure:
..\DPM\ProtectionAgents\RA\4.1.3313.0\… => Which contains agent SP1 RTM
..\DPM\agents\RA\4.1.3322.0\… => Which contains agent upgrade for SP1 RU1
To manually install/Update DPM agent to DPM 2012 SP1 RU1 you have to: 

  1. Uninstall old agent from control panel
  2. Manually install agent SP1 RTM – 4.1.3313.0
  3. Manually apply upgrade SP1 RU1 – 4.1.3322.0

# Install/upgrade process could be done with a sample Dos script:

Net use U: \\DPMName\c$
Cd /d “U:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\DPM\DPM\ProtectionAgents\RA\4.1.3313.0\amd64″
DPMAgentInstaller_x64 /q /IAcceptEULA
:: Let enough time for install 
ping -n 240
Cd /d “U:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\DPM\DPM\agents\RA\4.1.3322.0\amd64\1033″
DPMAgentInstaller_KB2791508_AMD64 /q
:: Let enough time for install
ping -n 240

:: in case of new installation, just remember to attach your new protected server to your DPM Server.
cd /d “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\bin”
setdpmserver.exe -dpmservername DPMName
Net use U: /delete


What’s new in SCCM 2012 SP1?

What’s New in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

One of the most significant changes is support for Windows 8. Configuration Manager SP1 supports Windows 8 in the following ways:

  • You can install the Configuration Manager client on Windows 8 computers and deploy Windows 8 to new computers or to upgrade previous client operating versions. Configuration Manager also supports Windows To Go.
  • Configuration Manager supports Windows 8 features, such as metered Internet connections and Always On Always Connected .
  • You can configure user data and profiles configuration items for folder redirection, offline files, and roaming profiles.
  • You can configure new deployment types for Windows 8 applications, which support standalone applications (.appx files) and links to the Windows Store.

Other significant changes include the following:

  • Support for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012. Finaly!!
  • Clients are now supported on Mac computers, and on Linux and UNIX servers.
  • Windows PowerShell cmdlets are available to automate Configuration Manager operations by using Windows PowerShell scripts.
  • More flexible hierarchy management with support to expand a stand-alone primary site into a hierarchy that includes a new central administration site, and the migration of a Configuration Manager SP1 hierarchy to another Configuration Manager SP1 hierarchy.
  • Support for multiple software update points for a site to provide automatic redundancy for clients in the same way as you can configure multiple management points.
  • Client notification to initiate some client operations from the Configuration Manager console, which include downloading computer policy and
    initiating a malware scan to be performed as soon as possible, instead of during the normal client policy polling interval.
  • Support for virtual environments that allow multiple virtual applications to share file system and registry information instead of running in an isolated space.
  • Email alert subscriptions are now supported for all features, not just Endpoint Protection.