Archives For SharePoint Backup

The trick to making SharePoint backups easier is to forget about SharePoint. Ignore the databases, ignore the files, ignore the configurations, ignore it all. Instead, simply back up every block of disk space. As data is changed, that data is written to disk in the form of changed disk blocks—have an agent on the server grab those changes and send them off to a backup repository.

Those backed up disk blocks can also be time-stamped, meaning the Backup 2.0 solution can keep track of which changes came from what point in time. That immediately solves the problem with keeping the configurations synchronized with the content; so long as you’re grabbing all the disk blocks up to a specific point in time, you’ll have a consistent SharePoint restore. That also means you can choose to restore up to any point in time, effectively “rolling back” SharePoint to some earlier point in time, if needed.

Asigra Cloud Backup

November 24, 2010 — Leave a comment

Asigra Cloud BackupTM software is designed to alleviate the challenges of backing up and recovering data from your customers’ sites into your multi-tenanted cloud. Asigra Cloud Backup offers unprecedented efficiencies to the data being captured, ingested, stored and transmitted over the network using the following methods:

  • De-duplication techniques
  • Backup and transmission of only new/changed data (incremental forever)
  • Advanced Compression techniques

CommVault Simpana

November 24, 2010 — Leave a comment

Modern data management is a tightly integrated blend of snapshot, replication and persistent copies that are secure, deduplicated, managed, and accessible through a single, unified platform. Simpana 9 is application, operating system, and disk aware. It quickly creates copies that are highly available, by integrating and leveraging hardware array-based snapshot technologies. Then, data is efficiently moved to appropriate tiers of storage—whether it be disk, tape, or cloud. This data can be seamlessly retrieved for multiple possible uses, including Disaster Recovery, Data Mining, eDiscovery, Compliance, or regulatory requirements. This end-to-end activity is what truly modern data management is all about.

Tivoli Storage Manager

November 24, 2010 — Leave a comment

  • Help simplify the protection and management of your data, even as it continues to grow exponentially
  • Address business continuity by helping to shorten backup and recovery times and helping to maximize application availability with advanced data recovery management technologies
  • Employ data de-duplication and a hierarchy of storage to help increase efficiencies and conserve resources
  • Help adapt to changes within the IT infrastructure to minimize service disruptions and speed restorations and backups
  • Help control storage management costs with ease-of-use features and integration with IBM network attached storage (NAS) products
  • Increase visibility into the data protection environment by providing advanced features for operational monitoring and historical reporting

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