E-Guide: Properly Sizing your Uninterruptible Power Supply for Disaster Recovery Purposes
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The key to backing up SharePoint successfully is to understand how SharePoint works, and where its various components are located. This searchdatabackup.com eguide will walk you through the different ...

The key to backing up SharePoint successfully is to understand how SharePoint works, and where its various components are located. This searchdatabackup.com eguide will walk you through the different ways to backup and recover your data on SharePoint. Download to learn more!

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E-Guide: Properly Sizing your Uninterruptible Power Supply for Disaster Recovery Purposes E-Guide: Properly Sizing your Uninterruptible Power Supply for Disaster Recovery Purposes Document Transcript

  • E-GuideAn introduction to MicrosoftSharePoint Backup and RecoveryThe key to backing up SharePoint successfully is to understand howSharePoint works, and where its various components are located. Thissearchdatabackup.com eguide will walk you through the different waysto backup and recover your data on SharePoint. Download to learnmore! Sponsored By:
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  • SearchDataBackup.com E-Guide An introduction to Microsoft SharePoint Backup and RecoveryAn introduction to Microsoft SharePoint Backup andRecoveryBy Brien M. PoseyProbably the one thing that is the most appealing about Microsoft Office SharePoint Server2007 (which I will refer to throughout this article as SharePoint 2007 or just SharePoint) isthat it pulls together business data from numerous disparate sources and presents that datain a unified, easy-to-use Web interface. However, the fact that data is being pulled fromvarious locations can make it difficult to back up and recover SharePoint.The key to backing up SharePoint successfully is to understand how SharePoint works, andwhere its various components are located. At its simplest, SharePoint is really nothing morethan a Web interface that is linked to a backend SQL Server database. This databasecontains all of the SharePoint user data and some of SharePoints configuration data. Someof the configuration data is also stored in the Active Directory. Therefore, if you want toback up SharePoint in its entirety, you must back up your Web servers that are hostingSharePoint (including the IIS metadata on those servers), the Active Directory database andthe SQL Server database that SharePoint is using. Although these resources can be backedup separately, there are several different disaster recovery mechanisms built intoSharePoint.The two-tier recycle binSharePoint comes equipped with a fancy, two-tier recycle bin. Although the recycle bin isnttechnically a backup mechanism, I wanted to mention it, because it does allow you toperform some types of recovery.When a user deletes a SharePoint resource, that resource is placed into the first tier of therecycle bin. By default, items are retained in this recycle bin for 30 days (30 days is thedefault setting, but you can change the retention period for the recycle bin at the Webapplication level). During that time, the user has the ability to restore the deleted itemsthemselves.Sponsored By: Page 3 of 6
  • SearchDataBackup.com E-Guide An introduction to Microsoft SharePoint Backup and RecoveryOnce the retention period expires for items in the recycle bin, they are moved to a secondtier that is only accessible to an administrator. This allows a users deleted data to beretained for a bit longer, (an administrator can determine how long to retain) but withoutcounting against the users storage quota in the way that items in the first tier do.It is worth noting that deleted items such as documents, lists, and libraries are placed intorecycle bins. However, deleted sites are not. If a site is accidentally deleted, it must berestored using another method.The STSADM toolSharePoint has a built in command-line tool called STSADM (which you can access byentering STSADM.EXE at the command prompt). STSADM isnt a dedicated backup tool, butrather a general administrative command-line tool with backup capabilities built in. It is nota dedicated backup utility, and therefore lacks the ability to write SharePoint data directly totape. For that you need to use your regular enterprise data backup utility. The advantage ofusing STSADM is that it allows you to create more granular backups than are possible withmany enterprise data backup solutions. For example, you can back up individual sites or sitecollections.Here are a few common backup and recovery commands that you can use:You can back up a single SharePoint site by using this command:STSADM -O export -URL (the sites URL) -FILENAME (the filename that you want to use foryour backup)If you want to restore a SharePoint site that was backed up using STSADM, you can use thefollowing command:STSADM -O import -URL (the sites URL) -FILENAME (the name of the file that you want torestore from)Sponsored By: Page 4 of 6
  • SearchDataBackup.com E-Guide An introduction to Microsoft SharePoint Backup and RecoveryUsing a similar command, you can back up an entire site collection (a site collection is a setof SharePoint sites that are linked to common administration pages). The command fordoing so is:STSADM -O export -URL (the site collections URL) -FILENAME (the filename that you wantto use for your backup)To restore a site collection, you can use this command:STSADM -O restore -URL (the site collections URL) -FILENAME (the name of the backup filethat you want to restore from)The SharePoint central administration toolThe primary GUI tool for managing SharePoint 2007 is the Central Administration tool. Thistool has its own backup application integrated into it. Some of the previous versions ofSharePoint had a standalone backup tool, but this tool does not exist in SharePoint 2007.To perform a backup, open the SharePoint Central Administration tool and select theOperations tab. Now, just click the Perform a Backup link, shown in "SharePoint backup:The Operations tab" (see below; click on image for full size). This will take you to anotherscreen that allows you to select the components that you want to back up. As you can seein the figure below, the Operations tab also contains options for performing a restorationand for viewing history data related to backup and recovery operations.Although I have presented several different options for backing up SharePoint 2007, it isvery possible that none of these backup methods will easily fit into your existing backuptechniques. It is worth noting, however, that many of the major backup vendors offer add-on modules that make the backup applications SharePoint-compatible. If you do decide touse a third-party product, be sure to check the requirements for performing a restoration.Some of the backup products on the market require you to build a recovery farm before youcan restore any SharePoint data.Sponsored By: Page 5 of 6
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