SharePoint Server Backups: New and Better Techniques

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

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

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

  • 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

SharePoint Server Backups

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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