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Data sets are growing at phenomenal rates. Users demand instant availability of information. Maintenance windows are no longer acceptable. Regulation is watching backup pretty closely with requirements for encryption and retention. In other words – backups are becoming a nuisance.

Fortunately, there’s a solution in EVaulting, also known as backup to the cloud. This expert guide contains various chapters about backup problems and how EVaulting can solve them, including:

  • Wrestling with backup challenges
  • Understanding backup technologies
  • Evaluating backup solutions
  • Top 10 reasons to switch to EVaulting
  • And more

Check out this guide to learn more about these backup challenges and how EVaulting can address the performance, regulatory, and privacy issues related to backup.

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The farm backup architecture in SharePoint Server 2010 starts a Microsoft SQL Server backup of content and service application databases, writes configuration content to files, and also backs up the Search index files and synchronizes them with the Search database backups.

The following illustration shows the farm backup system.

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In this case, I want to backup the site collection called http://vsharepoint/sites/test from virtual SharePoint development server and restore to a production server called http://sharepoint/sites/test

 Stsadm -o backup -url http://sharepoint/sites/test -filename c:\test.bak

Stsadm -o restore -url http://http://vsharepoint/sites/test -filename c:\test.bak -overwrite

Open SharePoint 2010 Management Shell:

stsadm.exe -o restore -url -filename

Open SharePoint 2010 Management Shell:

stsadm.exe -o backup -url -filename

In this case, I have a virtual development server called vDev and I want to restore the database from production server

stsadm.exe -o restore -directory \\backupservername\sharename
-restoremethod new -backupid -newdatabaserver vDev

stsadm.exe -o backup -directory \\backupservername\backups\
-backupmethod full

If your backing up in a shared drive
Restore-SPFarm -Directory \\app01\backups -BackupId 123456 (Check the folder for backup ID)

If you want to backup in local drive
Restore-SPFarm -Directory C:\backups -BackupId 123456

If your backing up in a shared drive
Backup-SPFarm -directory \\app01\backups -BackupMethod Full

If you want to backup in local drive
Backup-SPFarm -directory C:\backups -BackupMethod Full

Microsoft’s SharePoint Server has probably had the most variety in its backup and restore solutions. The first version of the product was essentially a modified version of Exchange Server, and used the same database engine that Exchange did at the time. Today, SharePoint Server uses multiple databases to store its content, configuration, search catalogs, and more—and even stores some critical files as simple disk files. All that data stored in different places helps make SharePoint Server one of the most difficult Microsoft server products to work with in terms of business continuity and disaster recovery. It becomes even more complex when you start dealing with SharePoint Server farms— collections of servers designed to serve up the same content for load-balancing purposes. Is it even possible to move beyond the Backup 1.0 mindset and start using Backup 2.0 when it comes to SharePoint?

Native Solutions

Microsoft defines three levels of data recovery for SharePoint Server:

  • Content recovery is when you recover one or more items using a Recycle Bin or retrieve a previous version of the items from the content database. This relies on functionality withAdd an Imagein SharePoint itself and is accessible to end users.
  • Site recovery is when you recover an entire SharePoint Server site, or Web site. This is the type of recovery most administrators are concerned with.
  • Disaster recovery typically involves site recovery to new hardware

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Server Backup 2.0

August 30, 2010 — Leave a comment

Are you still making backups the old-fashioned way? Whether you back up Windows, Exchange Server, SharePoint, SQL Server, or virtualization servers, the old-school backup mentality may not be serving your actual needs. In The Definitive Guide to Windows Application and Server Backup 2.0, IT author and Microsoft MVP Don Jones proposes a new “Backup 2.0″ way of thinking – using leading-edge technologies that are available today – that do a better job of meeting today’s business and technology needs for backup. With special chapters devoted to Exchange Server, SQL Server, virtualization, and SharePoint, you’ll learn about new techniques and technologies designed to take backups out of the 1960′s and into the 21st century.

Download the complete 215-page book today!
Chapters in this complete Realtime book include:
Chapter 1: Introduction: Why the Backup 1.0 Mentality Is Killing You
Chapter 2: 12 Horror Stories—We Thought We Had a Backup!
Chapter 3: Whole‐Server Backups
Chapter 4: Rethinking Exchange Server Backups
Chapter 5: SQL Server Backups
Chapter 6: SharePoint Server Backups
Chapter 7: Rethinking Virtualization Server Backups
Chapter 8: Getting More from Backups: Other Concerns and Capabilities
Chapter 9: Keeping Your Backups: Storage Architecture
Chapter 10: What’s Your Disaster Recovery Plan?
Chapter 11: Upgrading Your Backup Mentality: Is It Really Worth It?
Chapter 12: Tales from the Trenches: My Life with Backup 2.0

Data Backup for Dummies PDF book can be found in here