SC2012 DPM - How to Determine What to Backup for the Farm Restore? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello!

    We need to determine what to backup (file folders, databases, web site configuration etc.) in SharePoint 2010 so we could preform a Farm restration. For instansce, may be there is a way to determine where the data is located based on the MS SQL Studio or SharePoint Administration Site. We have the following servers in the SharePoint 2010 Farm:

      • Web Front-End.
      • Application.
      • Query.
      • SQL Backend.

    Thank you very much in advance!

    • Edited by TracyMt36 Monday, September 24, 2012 1:33 PM
    Monday, September 24, 2012 1:30 PM


  • Hi Tracy,

    DPM's native SharePoint protection will backup includes the content databases and configuration databases. That would be sufficient for a restore of your SharePoint. However if you have a more complex SharePoint deployment with things such as customizations, third party add-ons etc you may need to protect more wich you can do with DPM. Other items you may want to protect include:

    • Databases for Service Applications.
    • SharePoint customizations (Some customizations are packaged as .wsp files. Contact the developers for information on what needs to be backed up.)
    • Third party add-ons (Contact the add-on vendor for information on what needs to be backed up.)
    • IIS
      • Web.config that contains any custom policies and permissions.
      • Website files (Typically in the C:\inetpub directory but can be moved. You are SharePoint administrator should know if they have been moved.)
      • Metabase (This can be protected explicitly or through a System State backup.)
    • The 12\14 hive (%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12 or 14)(12 is for SharePoint 2007 14 is for SharePoint 2010.
    • Global assembly cache (GAC) ( %WINDIR%\Assembly)

    Here is a link with more information on this topic: http://blogs.technet.com/b/dpm/archive/2010/05/10/how-to-be-sure-that-your-sharepoint-farm-is-fully-protected.aspx

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    • Proposed as answer by BuchatechMVP Monday, September 24, 2012 4:51 PM
    • Marked as answer by TracyMt36 Monday, September 24, 2012 7:07 PM
    Monday, September 24, 2012 4:50 PM