If you ever find a need to delete a replica from your Data Protection manager 2007 or DPM2010, you will find that this is not as simple as clicking through several task buttons. This is quite cumbersome if you don’t have any programming knowledge. Surprisingly, this process was A LOT easier in DPM 2006. I don’t know why Microsoft decided to take this feature out.

The short answer to this question is: POWERSHELL. You need to use DPM management shell, which is a powershell command prompt.

The long answer is as follow:

1. Run the DPM management shell.

2. Find the protection group for the replica you want to delete by issuing this command in DPM shell
$pgList = Get-ProtectionGroup MYDPMSERVERNAME
Foreach($pg in $pgList){

The statement above will print out the list of protection group in your DPM server.
The first protection group should be referred to $pglist[0], the second one should be referred to as $pglist[1] and so on. If you only have one protection group, you can just refer to it as $pglist.

3. Get the data source of the protected server(a replica of a volume/share/object you want to delete) using $pglist[x] above
$dslist = get-datasource($pglist[x])
x is the name of the protection group from step 2

4. Check to see if you have more than one data source by issuing this command
write-host $dslist.name
If you are getting an output, skip to step 5, and use $dslist, instead of $dslist[x].
If you are NOT getting any output, that means there are multiple data source. You need to select which one you are going to use, by issuing the following command
foreach($ds in $dslist){
write-host $ds.name
The first data source should be addressed as $dslist[0]. the second $dslist[1] and so on.

5. Get the list of all recovery point for the data source you’d like to trim.
$rplist=get-recoverypoint $dslist[x]
foreach($rp in $rplist){
write-host $rp.representedpointintime
Again, the first recovery point should be addressed as $rplist[0]. The second $rplist[1], and so on. If there is only one recovery point, you can just use $rplist.

6. Pick the recovery point you want to delete and delete them by issuing the following command
remove-recoverypoint -recoverypoint $rplist[x]

This is an example of a complete command to delete a replica
$pgList = Get-ProtectionGroup MYDPMSERVERNAME
$dslist = get-datasource($pglist[2])
$rplist=get-recoverypoint $dslist[6]
remove-recoverypoint -recoverypoint $rplist[0]